Documents

LEADERSHIP GROUP REPORT

Please read this report, authored by Jim Seidel.  It contains detailed information on what we know so far about the water level issue on David Pond.  We hope this gives a more thorough background for pond residents, politicians, and others in order to become more familiar with the issues surrounding this important topic.

NARRATED SLIDESHOW

This presentation was produced using materials collected while researching the history of Chesterville and Fayette, and other issues relevant to maintaining the historic water level on David Pond. 

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David Pond landowners have shared the documents listed below in an effort to understand the water level issue.  If you would like to submit documents or photos, please use the DropBox link set up for that purpose, and it will be added to this page.

 

PHOTOS

Water Level vol.1 - Photos were taken on 8/13/2017 showing the effect of a two foot water level drop.  Because of the gentle slope in many areas of David Pond, a two foot drop pushes the shoreline out by as much as 200 feet in some areas!  Also, see photos of loon nest on Loon Island and the Lake View Estates dock.

Water Level vol.2 - Water line marks 25” - 30” above the current level are visible all around David Pond. The downstream mill pond on the south side of Sandy River Road is 6’ MSL below the outlet.  Thus, it would be impossible to have water level stains 25"- 30" above the current water level if an impoundment DID NOT exist.

Photos of the Impoundment Area

 

TESTIMONY FROM RESIDENTS

Please use our testimony collection page to submit your story.

 

Submissions from David Pond residents have been compiled here, and will be updated as more come in.

 

KENNEBEC JOURNAL ARTICLE

Posted online on 8/4/2017, and printed (front page above the fold) in Saturday 8/5/2017 edition.

 

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS 

7/17/210 FAYETTE BOARD OF SELECTMEN  A recording of that meeting can be found here.

LETTER FROM DUSTIN DORR (DEP) TO TOWN OF FAYETTE 

US FISH & WILDLIFE NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY   

STATE OF MAINE DEP REGULATION OF WATER LEVELS AND MINIMUM FLOWS 

  • Below are five USGS topographical maps dating back to 1910 that show the elevation above mean sea level of the water on David Pond, showing that the water level was at 393 ft in 1912, 393 ft in 1941, 391 ft in 1966, and 391 ft in 1989. So, in 1912 and 1941, the water was two feet higher than it is right now . This shows that the water level slowly declined two feet from 1941 to 1989. .

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1910 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1912 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1941 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1966 

DAVID POND TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP 1986 

GOOGLE EARTH IMAGE 

ANNOTATED TOPO MAPS 

DAVID POND TAX SPREADSHEET (Fayette)

LAND USE MAP  This map shows protection areas, but also shows some property boundaries in detail

SURVEY LOCATIONS AND PICTURES 

 

LANDOWNERS 

LETTER FROM LANDOWNERS 

 

ARCHIVE OF MESSAGES TO OUR DISTRIBUTION LIST

7-19-2017 

7-21-2017 

8-21-2017 

 

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE  

HISTORY OF CHESTERVILLE, MAINE by Sewall, Oliver, 1788-1861    This history was based on the journal of Olivar Sewall, and was published fourteen years after his death in 1875. Note section 56 describes Wing’s Mills in the year 1805 at the location “on a stream rising in Fayette and falling into Parker's Pond”. The current impoundment site is the only location that fits that description.  Click the title for a link to the entire work.  See the relevant passage.

 

HISTORY OF CHESTERVILLE, MAINE BY Geo. J. Varney, Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,

Boston 1886

 

Relevant quote from this text is:

  • “At South Chesterville, situated on Parker’s Pond, there are a lumbermill and a grist-mill.”   

 

This reference provides evidence that the mill was still functioning in 1886 when this was published.