Federal officials and others representing government agencies and businesses in the valley area and western Maine are attending a daylong conference in Fryeburg, Maine to talk about issues facing the Saco River.
Sponsored by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, the first Saco River Conference is being held Wednesday at Fryeburg Academy.
Organizers say for the first time it’s bringing together river users, advocates, land and water management professionals, municipal officials and residents to start talking about the serious challenges to the Saco River Watershed.
Among the challenges – riverbank erosion, reduced water quality, invasive species, flood management, recreation activities, dams and fish – and potential impacts of water withdrawals and climate change to the unique ecosystem.
Organizers say the river is critical to the livelihoods of thousands of people who live and work within its watershed in New Hampshire and Maine.