Vassalboro select board, WPA officials meet

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro select board members, Webber Pond Association leaders and other interested parties held the joint meeting they planned back in November 2022, on Jan. 25.

At the Nov. 10 select board meeting, Association president John Reuthe and Department of Marine Resources staff member Nate Gray said the lake had poor water quality in the summer of 2022, mainly due to the warm weather that encouraged algae growth.

Town Manager Aaron Miller said the group at the Jan. 25 meeting discussed two requests from Reuthe, for better water quality monitoring equipment and for improvements at the outlet dam. Reuthe had no cost estimates for either.

Dam work would be aimed at making it easier to lift the boards that control outflow, so the water level in the lake could be managed more easily, Miller said. Installing a winch is one possibility.

Group members discussed possible sources of funding, including grants from out of town sources; and Miller said they considered seeking to involve neighboring towns and area environmental organizations.

Miller expects another discussion will be scheduled.


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