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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7/17/210 FAYETTE BOARD OF SELECTMEN A recording of that meeting can be found here.
DAVID POND TAX SPREADSHEET (Fayette)
LAND USE MAP This map shows protection areas, but also shows some property boundaries in detail
ARCHIVE OF MESSAGES TO OUR DISTRIBUTION LIST
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,
Relevant quote from this text is:
This reference provides evidence that the mill was still functioning in 1886 when this was published.