Beaver Lake Dam Update - September 19, 2019


Beaver Lake Dam News

2019 Volume 4 - September 19

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

It's September 19, a good two weeks since the start of the dam project, and things are moving along according to schedule! The old stop logs are gone, the temporary coffer dams on the lake and brook sides of the dam have been installed and the culvert that keeps the lake at a level to allow the work to be done in a safe and efficient manner is operating as designed (see photos below). Everything is on track with no surprises or problems slowing things down!

In speaking with the police officer stationed at the bridge, he stated folks have been understanding about the detour and they haven't encountered any issues. If passing by, feel free to say Hi to these officers; they appreciate the company!

Questions that have been heard across the community are:

Q. Is the lake going to rise any more during construction?

A. Now that all the cofferdams and culvert are in place, the lake is as high as we expect it to be for the duration of the project. To provide some assistance to folks with shallow wells, the culvert was installed a few inches higher then originally planned and a board was installed in the culvert inlet to raise the water level several inches more before allowing flow through the culvert. 

Q.  When will the project be done and the lake return back to its normal level?

A. The project timeline calls for the work to be done and cofferdams removed by mid-November.  Then the lake will be allowed to refill and rise to the levels of the new stop log assembly. No one knows how long it will take for the lake to rise to its prior (full) level, but there is a constant flow of water entering the lake which you can see flowing out the culvert on the brook side.

Q. What are those blue plastic pipes in several locations going from the shore into the lake?

A. Those are the remnants of a dry fire hydrant system installed by the lake community and the town 30 years ago. The blue pipes extended to a depth that allowed water to fill the pipe, which was connected to a dry hydrant appliance that was near the roadway (see photos below). A fire engine would connect to that appliance and then draft, or suck, the water into the truck's fire pump to be used for firefighting. Over the years, the blue pipes filled with sand and the systems couldn't be used. All but one dry hydrant appliance was removed, and that is located on the Right of Way near 29 Beaver Rd., but the blue pipes were left in place. Today, the Ware Fire Department has a tanker truck with several thousand gallons of water, along with a portable tank and large diameter hose, which allow them to respond with more water then 30 years ago, ensuring a strong response to any fire around the lake.

Q. I have heard some folks have lost their wells?

A.  Yes, currently nine households with shallow wells are experiencing a dry or very low well and have had to make arrangements for a temporary water supply and institute water conservation measures. Each household has been contacted by a member of the BLCC Board to provide information on local resources for temporary water supplies and interim measures. As the lake level rises after the project is complete, these wells should refill. If you are having a problem with your well and haven't notified BLCC already, please contact Ken Willette,, 617-750-0111

Please do not reply to this email!  Questions? Please contact Ken Willette,, 617-750-0111