Dickey-Lincoln hydroelectric power project: Debate raged for over a decade about a proposed hydroelectric power project on the St. John River. Congress had approved the proposal to erect two new dams at Dickey and the nearby Lincoln school. Environmentalists fought the proposal, arguing that it would flood surrounding wilderness areas, destroy wildlife habitats, and spoil fishing and canoeing on the river. Private power companies also fought the project. Congress never authorized funding for Dickey-Lincoln, and eventually the project was abandoned.

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