BASIN DAVID AND TILTON PONDS ASSOCIATION

Documents and Evidence Collected By The Water Level Leadership Committee 

 

LEADERSHIP GROUP REPORT

This report, authored by Jim Seidel and the Water Level Leadership Committee, contains detailed information on the historical water level on David Pond, and the adverse environmental impact that would result from significantly lower water levels  on David Pond.

NARRATED SLIDESHOW

This presentation was produced using materials collected while researching the history of Chesterville and Fayette, and other issues relevant to maintaining the historic water level on David Pond.

PHOTOS

Water Level vol.1 - Photos were taken on 8/13/2017 showing the effect of a two foot water level drop.  Because of the gentle slope in many areas of David Pond, a two foot drop pushes the shoreline out by as much as 200 feet in some areas!  Also, see photos of loon nest on Loon Island and the Lake View Estates dock.

Water Level vol.2 - Water line marks 25” - 30” above the current level are visible all around David Pond. The downstream mill pond on the south side of Sandy River Road is 6’ MSL below the outlet.  Thus, it would be impossible to have water level stains 25"- 30" above the current water level if an impoundment DID NOT exist.

Photos of the Impoundment Area

TESTIMONY FROM RESIDENTS 

Submissions from David Pond residents have been compiled here.

KENNEBEC JOURNAL ARTICLE

Posted online on 8/4/2017, and printed (front page above the fold) in Saturday 8/5/2017 edition.

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

7/17/210 FAYETTE BOARD OF SELECTMEN  A recording of that meeting can be found here.

LETTER FROM DUSTIN DORR (DEP) TO TOWN OF FAYETTE 

US FISH & WILDLIFE NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY   

STATE OF MAINE DEP REGULATION OF WATER LEVELS AND MINIMUM FLOWS 

See below five USGS topographical maps dating back to 1910 that show a two foot water level decline from 1941 to 1986.     

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1910 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1912 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1941 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1966 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1986 

GOOGLE EARTH IMAGE 

ANNOTATED TOPO MAPS 

DAVID POND TAX SPREADSHEET (Fayette)

LAND USE MAP This map shows protection areas, but also shows some property boundaries in detail

SURVEY LOCATIONS AND PICTURES 

LANDOWNERS

LETTER FROM LANDOWNERS 8-7-2017 

ARCHIVE OF MESSAGES TO THE DAVID POND WATER LEVEL INTEREST GROUP DISTRIBUTION LIST

7-19-2017 

7-21-2017 

8-21-2017 

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE  

HISTORY OF CHESTERVILLE, MAINE by Sewall, Oliver, 1788-1861    This history was based on the journal of Olivar Sewall, and was published fourteen years after his death in 1875. Note section 56 describes Wing’s Mills in the year 1805 at the location “on a stream rising in Fayette and falling into Parker's Pond”.  The current impoundment site is the only location that fits that description.  Click the title for a link to the entire work.  See the relevant passage.

HISTORY OF CHESTERVILLE, MAINE BY Geo. J. Varney, Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,

Boston 1886

Relevant quote from this text is:  “At South Chesterville, situated on Parker’s Pond, there are a lumbermill and a grist-mill.”  

This reference provides evidence that the mill was still functioning in 1886 when this was published.