Gentle Rain Would Be Nice
by Dick Greenan
As of this writing, our Belgrade Lakes just received a paltry one half inch of light rain, which was a little less than what we needed. Both Great Pond's Village dam and Long Pond's Wings Mill dams are currently 0.96″ above full pond with all gates still completely closed.
Salmon/McGrath is now 2.24″ below full pond with its single gate opened just the mandated 1 cfs. flow. Our neighbors on Messalonskee are down 4.68″ below full which, as we've said, is representative of both this dry period and the fact that Essex Hydro uses the Oakland Dam to provide us with electricity. Some nice gentle rain while we're all asleep would be nice.
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Enjoy your summer! It's going to be beautiful one!
Dick Greenan is secretary to the Belgrade Lakes Watershed Dams Committee. He submitted this report on June 15.