FDR's Green Dream: The Quoddy Dam Project
FDR's Green Dream
In 1935 construction started on a massive New Deal project proposed by President Franklin Roosevelt that would have damned the Passamaquoddy Bay. The Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project, or Quoddy Dam Project as the undertaking became known, would have stored the rising tide behind multiple dams and then slowly released the water through turbines, producing electricity.
President Franklin Roosevelt inspects a model of the Quoddy Dam Project during a vacation to Maine on July 13, 1936. President Roosevelt was very familiar with region having spent summers on Campobello Island across the bay from Eastport.