In this 2010 Alliance newsletter article, a state official articulated why the dam needed to be replaced to improve flood protection and prevent a structure failure that would devastate downriver properties. The article is also useful for its recounting of the dam’s history.
A long-time resident of Freedom, Ned Hatfield, author of this article, died in July 2017. He was a retired teacher who served his town for a number of years on the zoning board. His deep interest in the lake is evident in this thoughtful article about the environmental implications of winter drawdowns, a topic he felt had not received sufficient attention. We’re reposting it, along with other similar articles, to provide context for the August 25th public meeting we’re hosting at which the state will present its plan to replace the Ossipee River Dam.
Bob Smart has written often about the Ossipee River Dam, including this newsletter article from 2004 about the dam’s history and how it’s operated. This is one of a number of articles we’ll be reposting in advance of the state’s presentation on how it plans to rebuild the dam next year. That public presentation will be August 25 in Freedom Town Hall at 10 a.m.
Ossipee Lake as we know it today was formed by the construction of the Ossipee River Dam more than a century ago. Next year the dam will get a significant upgrade. A public meeting to be held in Freedom on Saturday, August 25, will detail the state’s plan.
Early morning hit and run on the big lake has the State Police asking for the public’s assistance in providing leads.