State to hold hearing on water levels at Clary Lake

Posted Aug. 08, 2012, at 12:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing later this month on a petition by lakeside property owners to establish a water level system for Clary Lake, located in the towns of Whitefield and Jefferson.

The hearing will be held 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Jefferson Fire Department at 204 Waldoboro Road in Jefferson.

The water level of Clary Lake, which is part of the Sheepscot River watershed, is maintained by a dam at its outlet on Route 218 in Whitefield.

The purpose of the hearing, according to a DEP news release, is to receive evidence and oral testimony regarding the water levels necessary to: maintain public access and use of the water for navigation, fishing, fowling, recreation and other lawful uses; protect the safety of shoreline residents and the public; maintain fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and public and private water supplies; prevent the excessive erosion of shorelines; accommodate precipitation and runoff of waters; support ongoing use of the dam to generate or to enhance the downstream generation of hydroelectric or hydromechanical power; and provide flows from any dam on the body of water to maintain public access and use, fish propagation and fish passage facilities, fish and wildlife habitat and water quality downstream.

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