Upstream’s Brooke will be Bailey Library speaker Nov. 17

WINTHROP -The Bailey Library will host environmentalist Steve Brooke, of Upstream, a Gardiner nonprofit working to return river herring to the Cobbossee watershed, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom.
The event is the final part of a yearlong series celebrating Maine’s bicentennial that explores outdoor recreation in Maine.
The public is invited to attend via Zoom by visiting and navigating to the “Virtual Events” tab. For help attending, email director Richard Fortin at
Those who attend will take part in an interactive slideshow presentation, and learn the history of the Cobbossee waterway and what is happening today to secure fish passage for its watershed. Dammed at its head of tide in 1761, Cobbossee Stream is one of the largest coastal watersheds in Maine that is still impassible to native migratory fish. A tributary of the Kennebec River and upper Merrymeeting Bay, the Cobbossee watershed includes the communities of Gardiner, West Gardiner, Litchfield, Richmond, Winthrop, Manchester, Monmouth, Readfield and Hallowell. It contains 20 square miles of lakes and ponds.
Brooke was project coordinator of the Kennebec Coalition during the decommissioning and removal of the Edwards Dam in on the Kennebec River in Augusta After retiring from the Maine State Planning Office, he began work with Upstream.