ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Down East Maine environmental group is encouraging the public to show up for a public meeting about the relicensing of dams on a river in a rural part of the state.

The Ellsworth City Council is hosting the meeting on March 28 at Ellsworth High School. The Downeast Salmon Federation, which advocates for safe fish passage and habitat preservation, is calling on people to attend.

The dams are on the Union River, which is a 22-mile long river that runs through the city. The council has invited representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and other groups to attend.

This story has been corrected to show that Downeast Salmon Federation does not want the dam removed.