Chip Spies: “The Future of the Brunswick Dam: Opportunities and Challenges”

The Future of The Brunswick Dam


Panel to Explore Opportunities & Challenges for the

Androscoggin River at the Free September Meeting of Brunswick’s Merrymeeting Bay Trout Unlimited

Tuesday, September 19, Joshua’s Restaurant, 123 Maine St, Brunswick, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

BRUNSWICK, ME, September 2023 – Thousands of people drive and walk by it every day, but few give much thought to the Brunswick Dam on the Androscoggin River — why it’s there, what it holds, what it blocks.


Join Brunswick resident Chip Spies and a panel of local experts at the September 19 meeting of the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter to Trout Unlimited to discuss “The Future of the Brunswick Dam: Opportunities and Challenges” as the structure faces its first federal relicensing in 40 years.

Chapter members and the public are invited to attend the Merrymeeting Bay meeting of this national cold-water conservation organization as we gather sportspeople and conservationists on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Joshua’s Restaurant, 123 Maine Street, Brunswick.

Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. The event is free; dinner and drinks can be purchased. MMBTU meetings are held at Joshua’s on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May.

No admission fees.  Open to members and non-members.

Please join us.

Maine’s Androscoggin River drains more than 3000 sq miles before joining the Kennebec River at Merrymeeting Bay.   Becoming involved as a “voice for the fish” in the relicensing process is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to have a positive impact on the Androscoggin River which plays such an important role – culturally, economically, recreationally — for many Maine communities and is critical for Atlantic Salmon, shad, river herring, and eel survival as a species.

Chip Spies is an avid fisherperson and lives on the banks of the Androscoggin River at Head of Tide in Brunswick.  He has strong personal interest in river ecosystem health.  Chip is certified by the Maine DEP under its Volunteer River Monitoring Program. He holds an MS and BS in Forest Science and an MBA.


MMBTU chapter meetings are open to the public beginning at 6PM for food, drinks and comradery at Joshua’s restaurant. We meet on a monthly basis and typically have a guest speaker that begins presenting at 7PM.

Chapter merchandise will be available for purchase at these events including pins, stickers, shirts, and hats.  Payment can be made by cash and check to MMBTU.  See Brad Swanson; chapter Treasurer to make a payment.   All proceeds sponsor youth Trout Camp and current conservation efforts.

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