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.
Marathon swimmer Mike Welsch has been traversing the state’s lakes. This past week he swam Ossipee Lake.
The warning was issued on June 22 after the state collected water samples at the head of the Ossipee River dam. Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Potential acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. No further blooms have been observed in this area at this time, according to the state.