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6/9/2017 - The Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant Celebrates Clean Water Week with Salmon Release and Tour

Bangor, Maine – On Thursday, June 8, the City of Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant along with Council Chair Joseph Baldacci welcomed students from across the State of Maine to celebrate Clean Water Week. The students are winners of the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) annual ‘Clean Water Week’ poster contest. Their work will be featured in a 2018 calendar produced by MEWEA.

The 50 attendees toured the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant, learning how the facility treats nearly 8.5 to 9 million gallons of wastewater each day. The Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant prevents 3 billion gallons of untreated wastewater from entering the Penobscot River annually.

A highlight of the event was the release of 10 juvenile salmon that were raised in water treated at the Bangor Wastewater Treatment plant. For the past 10 years, the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant has raised salmon at the facility to release into the Penobscot River to bring awareness of the importance of clean water to the Penobscot River ecosystem.

Student winners of the MEWEA poster contest proudly displaying their winning entries

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