Beaver Lake Dam Update


Beaver Lake Dam News

2019 Volume 2 - August 23

Beaver Lake Dam News is an e-mail communication issued by the website to inform website members about current news and developments related to the Beaver Lake Dam Renovation Project


Two project milestones have been achieved! An on-site preconstruction meeting was held August 13 that brought representatives from the MA Office of Dam Safety, our project engineer, our project contractor, BLTI and BLCC together to do a project review. No unforeseen issues were identified, and the green light was given to proceed. On August 22, representatives from BLTI and BLCC met and signed all paperwork required to execute the loan with Country Bank, who have been a terrific financial partner in this project! Everything is in place for the project to start September 3!

You may have noticed the depth of the lake seems to be very low. The lack of rain is one reason, but a second reason is the seepage through the existing wood stop log assembly at the dam. Take a look when you drive over the bridge and you will see the water flowing through the stop log assembly. A major part of the dam project is replacing the wood stop log assembly with an aluminum one, and this seepage will be eliminated, which will help in maintaining the lake level in a more consistent manner.

Since our last posting, here are several questions that members have asked:

Q: Will I still be able to use the lake once the project starts?

A: Yes. The lake will still be available for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming, but you will have to cross several feet of exposed lake bottom to get to the new “shoreline” to enter the lake.

Q: What about the frogs, turtles and fish, how will they do when the lake level is dropped?

A: We do not know how they will fare. There is no history of the lake being dropped to this level for us to reference. Our lake ecosystem is a healthy one and lowering the lake over a week, as opposed to all at once, it is hoped the fish, frogs, turtles and whatever else resides here can adapt until the end of November when it is projected for the seasonal level of the lake to be restored.

Q: Will there be an increase in my BLCC Dues or Dam Assessment?

A: The BLCC Board has been working to develop a financing plan that avoids raising the Club Dues or Dam Assessment and will present it to the membership at the October Annual Meeting. Look for the posting of the meeting date and time and plan to attend and vote on the 2020 budget and fee structure.

The Town of Ware has prepared a summary of projects impacting our community: please see Beaver Lake Area Town of Ware 2019 below. This will be a busy construction season around the lake and BLTI and BLCC appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding!

If you have any other questions or concerns, contact Ken Willette , 617-750-0111, .

Navigation Bouy Update

As stated before, the navigation bouys will be removed from the lake on Tuesday August 27.  Please be aware of the boating hazards the low lake level is causing.  A floating island has popped up southwest of the small island in the middle part of the lake.  It is marked with a white bouy.  There is also very shallow water off of the point that has the small lighthouse/satellite tv antenna.  It is recommented that you stay at least 100 feet offshore there once the bouys are pulled.

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