On Thursday, Dec. 15, Cheryl Daigle, community outreach coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, will speak on “Reconnecting Land and Sea… Restoring the Sea-Run Fish of the Penobscot River.” This monthly meeting of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Belfast Free Library.

Daigle’s PowerPoint presentation will cover the scope of the project, which involves the Penobscot Nation, seven conservation groups, and two hydropower companies, as well as several state and federal agencies.

Completion of the project will open up access to nearly 1,000 miles of habitat for migratory fish, including Atlantic salmon, American shad, river herring, endangered short nose sturgeon and six other species. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Prior to her current position, which she has held for six years, Cheryl Daigle has worked with Maine Sea Grant, the Nature Conservancy, and the Forest Society of Maine. She holds an Master of Science in ecology and environmental science from the University of Maine. For the past 17 years, Daigle has worked with national and regional conservation organizations to communicate science and natural resource management issues to diverse audiences. As a writer and poet, she has published essays, newspaper columns and poetry.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic and public access resources in the watershed through research, community-building and education.