BASIN DAVID AND TILTON PONDS ASSOCIATION

Water Level On David Pond

Background 

 

 

At the end of the outlet on the north end of David Pond, a dam has been in place since the early 19th century when several mills were located near Sandy River Road.  When these water powered mills became inactive in the early 20th century, remnants of the structures that were in place started to decay.  Local residents repaired the dam structure at the outlet to maintain the water level that had existed since 1805.  The continual restoration of the dam has been a tradition up to the present time.

Over the course of the last few years, the water flow has been disturbed on repeated occasions by vandalism.  A beaver dam was destroyed, and other materials (rocks and wood) were removed.  These illegal acts caused water to rush out of David Pond, and so local residents made repairs to the dam structure in order to stop the drastic water level change that was occurring.  This cycle of destruction and restoration happened several times.

This map was produced by Kennebec Journal staff.  See 8-4-2017 article.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) became involved early summer 2017, and after inspecting the site the DEP notified the landowners of the abutting properties that the dam was not permitted properly, and therefore had to be removed or upgraded to an engineered dam.

Since July 17, 2017, when the Town of Fayette Board of Selectmen held a meeting with this issue on the agenda, local property owners have joined together to address this issue.  The objective of the vast majority of residents is to restore the dam and maintain the historic water level on David Pond.

Read the letter that was sent to local property owners from BDTPA President Bill Dunham  on November 16, 2017.

UPDATE 11-28-2017

We are happy to report a light at the end of the tunnel! The leadership group spent the summer researching and advocating for a solution to the water level crisis on David Pond.  The result is a plan, collaboratively created with the DEP and our leadership group that would address the water level issue and many of the related problems posed by the vandalism of our dam. The solution under discussion will:

  •     help indemnify adjacent property owners 
  •     ensure historic water levels 
  •     empower our community to maintain the dam legally and correctly
  •     provide for enforcement

It will take time, effort and some money. There are certainly devils in the unknown specifics and we will need your help.

In order to move forward on a permitted dam, we need a legally incorporated entity to apply for permits and easements. We will, therefore, be migrating all of our efforts related to the dam to The Basin David and Tillton Pond Association. Our work is consistent with their mission and the newly revitalized Board with Bill Dunham as acting president, has approved the initiative. 

Your first step is to join BDTA. 

Please explore the documents and evidence that the leadership committee collected.