Proposed in 2009 and repeatedly delayed by state funding constraints, the $4.96 million dam replacement project is set to start on Monday, August 5, with Massachusetts-based Charter Contracting Company LLC performing the work.
Lakes across the state face the same issues as Ossipee Lake in providing water access to the public while protecting the environment. In this Laconia Daily Sun article, a reporter tours Lake Winnisquam with a long-time resident to see the challenges first-hand.
The state owns a small boat ramp on White Pond, but Ossipee’s highway department has been repairing it for years, citing the state’s “negligence.” DES says the repairs have degraded the lake water and should not have been performed without a permit. Now it has given the town a deadline to clean things up.
The Marine Patrol had few leads, but a combination of old-fashioned detective work and tips from the public led officers to a Massachusetts woman who was piloting a borrowed boat.
The boat basin at the Westward Shores marina is the latest location documented to contain variable milfoil. The chance discovery last week is a reminder that state and local officials need the help of lake residents and boaters to identify infestations so they can be treated before they spread.