August 14 – 20, 2020Vol. 22, No. 10

The Dams Keeper Report, 8/6/2020

by Dick Greenan

As an update on last week's Great Pond loon chick discovery: Dams Committee member, Jack Schultz just confirmed today that the "mother" — we don't really know which parent it was, but "mother" always sounds good to us — and the chick were still doing quite well. Great news. Once again, this is the only loon chick on all of Great Pond this summer for reasons unknown at this point in time.

Well, we dodged the bullet this time around with Tropical Storm Isaias as fortunately, she went way west of us. We recorded just 0.94" of rain at the Wings Mill Dam rain gauge from the entire event which turned out to be even more than the surrounding area. As a result, Great Pond is holding right at 2" above full pond with Long Pond at 2.64" above full as well, with all dam gates closed. Our friends on Salmon and McGrath somehow missed most of our rain as they are still 6" below full pond. The rain was a welcomed event for most of us in the end.

The repairs on the Wings Mill dam have been delayed another week but with any hope, things should finally kick in mid-week with installation of the new and innovative floating cofferdam to deter the water flow while they do the reconstruction. I know that I said this just last week and I am optimistically saying it again, "If you are out and about, you may want to take a drive by to check out the operation. Google Wings Mill Road in Belgrade and when you see the bridge, you're there." If you had already made the trip, my sincerest apologies. But at least now, you know the way and, it is a pretty drive! And the operation should be really interesting as well as educational.

Enjoy the family, your vacation and this incredibly beautiful weather! And remember, the occasional showers are still a blessing!

Dick Greenan is secretary to the Belgrade Lakes Watershed Dams Committee.