At the end of the outlet on the north end of David Pond, a dam* has been in place since the early 19th century when several mills were located near Sandy River Road. When these water powered mills became inactive in the early 20th century, remnants of the structures that were in place started to decay. Local residents repaired the dam structure at the outlet to maintain the water level that had existed since 1805. The continual restoration of the dam has been a tradition up to the present time.
Over the course of the last few years, however, the water flow has been disturbed on repeated occasions by vandalism. A beaver dam was destroyed, and other materials (rocks and wood) were removed. These illegal acts caused water to rush out of David Pond, and so local residents made repairs to the dam structure in order to stop the drastic water level change that was occurring. This cycle of destruction and restoration happened several times.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was notified this year, and after inspecting the site the DEP notified the landowners of the abutting properties that the dam was not permitted properly, and therefore had to be removed or upgraded to an engineered dam.
This map was produced by Kennebec Journal staff. See article on the documents page.
Since July 17, 2017, when the Town of Fayette Board of Selectmen held a meeting with this issue on the agenda, local residents have joined together to address this issue. The objective of the vast majority of residents is to restore the dam and maintain the historic water level on David Pond.
Please explore the documents and evidence that we have collected. If you have not joined our distribution list, please do so now. If you have recollections of the dam over the years, please share those memories with us so that we can collect as much evidence as we can.
* The DEP has informed us that they use the term ‘impoundment’ to refer to the body of water that is created or enlarged by a dam, and, generally, dams are considered to be the structures that hold back water.