C.A.L.L.

  


Working to Maintain and Improve the Quality of Liberty's Lakes since 1976

The town of Liberty, located in the state of Maine,  is blessed with lakes and ponds of exceptional resource value. Protecting the health of Liberty’s lakes impacts both the tax base of the Town and directly benefits our quality of life.

Purpose 

CALL's purpose is to maintain and improve the quality of Liberty's Lakes for the benefit of those who live, work and recreate in the watershed. We educate, we monitor and we advocate. 

Specific areas of interest are: 

  • Invasive aquatic plants and animals that pose a significant threat to lake ecology
  • Soil erosion which reduces the water clarity and contributes to algae bloom and degradation of the lake's fisheries
  • Water pollution due to septic or bacteriological problems


NEWS

New Dam News 11/9/18:

CALL is working closely with the Town to identify and implement effective solutions to our leaky dams. Liberty's Dam Manager, Tammy Reynolds, arranged a site visit with CES Engineering on Thursday, November 1 at the Lake Saint George Dam with Linda Breslin and Bob Kohl of CALL in attendance. This was an opportunity for the CES engineer to conduct an initial inspection of leaks, discuss relevant history and receive written documents. Everyone was impressed with the knowledge, approach and sincerity of the engineering representative.

CES will study the documentation, review permitting requirements and come up with a plan, including estimates of engineering and construction costs by Thanksgiving. This should allow adequate time to prepare for the March Town Meeting, including January budget hearings and printing of the town warrant. Assuming a positive outcome, ideally work would commence in the dry season - approximately within a July to October time frame.

Meanwhile, CALL is actively assisting Tammy in reaching out to additional engineering firms to allow comparisons in approach and cost.


REMEMBERING MEL SHURE

A Remembrance Service for longtime CALL Board Member Mel Shure is scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 7 at 11:00 am. It will be held at the Searsmont Community Hall at 37 Main St. South, Searsmont.





DAM REPAIR UPDATE 9/5/18:

Commercial Divers, Inc. of Bangor has withdrawn its proposal to fix the dam at Lake Saint George. No word yet as to whether or not they will proceed with the repair to the Stevens Pond Dam.

HE Sargent Engineering will be in town this weekend to conduct an in depth assessment and cost estimate of the repairs of the LSG dam. We will update this website with news as soon as we have more to share.

2018 LOON COUNT RESULTS:

It was a disappointing show for loon chicks in our area in 2018. Here's the count:

Kingdom Bog - 2 adults, Little Pond - 1 adult, Lake Saint George - 30 adults, Stevens Pond - 3 adults, Trues and Cargill Ponds - 0. Chicks=0. 


RAFFLE RESULTS: 

Congratulations to Christine LeGore of Montville who won 25 lbs. of Maine lobster in this year's drawing! CALL would also like to thank the following local businesses, all of which donated products or gift certificates to other lucky raffle winners: Liberty Graphics, John's Ice Cream, Lori's Cafe, Frapoli's Place, 51 Main, La Mesa, Lake Saint George Brewing Company and Liberty Craft Brewing.

DAM REPAIR UPDATE 8/1/18:

Commercial Divers, Inc. of Bangor will be able to begin the repair work on both of Liberty's dams during the first week of September 2018. If there is a cancellation in their schedule, the work may begin sooner.



RESULTS OF THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF 7/30/18




On Monday, Liberty residents gathered to consider authorizing the town to spend up to $25,000 for dam repairs on a) Dam at intersection of Routes 220 and 173 (outlet of Lake St. George); and b) Stevens Pond Dam.  

Following a slide show presentation by Dam Manager Tammy Reynolds and a discussion by residents, it was unanimously decided to allot up to $25,000 from the town surplus to fund the fix. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of September.

The Stevens Pond leak should be fixed in a relatively short amount of time and the work is guaranteed for 20 years. The work at the Spillway Dam on Lake Saint George will also take place in early September. The work done to this dam should slow the leak, however it will not resolve the problem in its entirety. The Spillway Dam  leak is a complex problem that will require more thought, energy and funding.

Read more about the dam situation in a recent article in The Republican Journal by Fran Gonzalez:




Invasive Plant Patrol Paddle:

Would you like an introduction to what happens during an invasive plant survey? Would you like to learn how to recognize aquatic plants while having a nice morning on the water? Join us on Thursday, July 19 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Marshall Shores, Lake St. George in Liberty. Pre-registration is required and must be done as soon as possible. More information is available at the following link:



Dams' Leakage Repair News (6/28/18):

Tammy Reynolds, Liberty's Dams Manager and Linda Breslin, CALL President, met with Commercial Divers Inc. on June 19 to review the Spillway Dam at Lake Saint George and the dam at Stevens Pond. Both of the dams leak and have for some time. 

The leak at the Stevens Pond dam can be addressed by Commercial Divers Inc. However, the Spillway Dam leak at Lake Saint George needs additional engineering inspection and work. A different company has been identified to address the complex structural problems at Lake Saint George. 

For the present time, Commercial Divers Inc. will able able to repair the visible leakage at Stevens Pond and LSG this summer. Commercial Divers Inc. has submitted a plan of action, and this will be presented to the Selectboard by Tammy Reynolds at their next meeting. Tammy will also be contacting the engineering company this week to get a better handle on the scope and estimated cost that the Spillway Dam will need to complete the internal dam repairs in 2019. 

The Town of Liberty has a "Contingency Fund" which could be used to cover the immediate work proposed by Commercial Divers Inc. if the Board of Selectmen authorizes the use of these funds for that purpose. This fund cannot cover both Commercial Divers Inc. and the engineering firms work, however.  The Town of Liberty will need to vote to authorize additional funds to finish the repair work needed at the Spillway Dam in 2019. We will continue to update this website with information. 

Follow Up on E Coli Testing in Lake Saint George

Good news! Bacteriology testing this month showed no elevated e coli in the sites around Marshall Shore which were a great concern last Fall. We will survey the sites again in the Summer and early Fall.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter will be mailed out to Lake Association Members in mid-June. A digital copy is available by clicking on the link below:



Liberty Town Office hours will be changing effective July 1, 2018:

The new hours will be as follows:

Monday: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday (1st & 4th): 9:00 am to 1:00 pm


2018 Conservation Lobby Day: April 4, 2018 at the Maine State House in Augusta:

Join Maine Conservation Alliance and our partners in Maine's Environmental Priorities Coalition for Conservation Lobby Day!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet at Cross Cafe in the Maine State House
Rally to follow 

Over breakfast, you'll learn how to lobby your legislators with tips and tricks from our experts and hear about the Environmental Priorities Coalition's bills still in play this session. We'll focus on two water bonds that are critical to protecting clean water across Maine!

Then we'll head upstairs so that you can talk to your legislators about the environmental issues that matter most to you. Lobby Day will wrap up by noon, and then we'll hold a Clean Water Rally! We'll send more details closer to the date.

Learn more about the Environmental Priorities Coaltion here:


2018 Conservation Lobby Day/Blue Wave Rally


Winter 2018 Newsletter

Our Winter Newsletter will be mailed out to Lake Association Members in late December. A digital copy is available by clicking on the link below:



Chinese Mystery Snail Round-Up:
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Chinese Mystery Snail Round-Up on August 12th. We had a small but dedicated group of snail hunters. 11 pounds of non-native, invasive snails were brought in only about 1 hour. We were rewarded for our efforts by a mink, who was doing some fishing nearby and gave us multiple glimpses of her work, in the water and on land.




CALL's Annual Meeting: Friday, July 14th from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Liberty Community Hall

Please join us, all are welcome!
We will start the evening with a buffet style dinner at 5:30. At 7:00, Susan Gallo, a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager at Maine Audubon, will be presenting a talk about loons. We'll learn about loon behavior and the current health of the loon population in Maine. Also joining us is children's book author and conservationist, Nancy Prince. Nancy will be on hand with copies of her book, Libby's Loons
Last, but not least, we'll be holding our annual plant sale and lobster raffle at the meeting. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please click on our informational flyer in the link below:




Sunset "Paddle In" Postponed until Saturday, July 29

Due to forecasted showers and thunderstorms on the evening of July 1, CALL's "Paddle   In" is now rescheduled for Saturday, July 29th. Let's hope for better weather and safer boating conditions on the 29th! 
There will be a limited number of canoes and kayaks available for use for anyone who does not have one. To register, request a boat or for more information, please email: wayne.rancourt1@gmail.com or call 649-2335 and speak to Wayne.


CALL's 2017 Plant Sale

Please come to our annual meeting on Friday, July 14, 2017. While there,  pick up some lovely native plants that will look beautiful on your property and will help to prevent erosion. This year we will be offering 2 varieties: the Obedient plant and the Turtlehead plant. Plants are $15.00 each and all proceeds benefit CALL. Click on the link for more information: 




Summer 2017 Newsletter

A digital link to our Summer 2017 Newsletter can be found below:



The State of Liberty's Dams

In the Spring of 2017, Liberty' Dam Manager, Tammy Reynolds, reported that the State Dam Manager was in Liberty to reevaluate both the Lake Saint George Spillway Dam and the Stevens Pond Dam. Here's what we can tell you about what's in store for 2017 as of May 10:

Lake Saint George Spillway Dam: 

Tony Fletcher, the Maine State Dam Inspector, will be reevaluating the leak at Lake Saint George and will do it when spring run off abates. He needs the water level to drop so that he can get beneath the roadway to plan for necessary repairs. The lake is currently very high and the dam gate is completely open to avoid flooding. Once the water level drops, the dam will be adjusted to maintain a higher-than-required water level to avoid as much as possible the low water levels of last summer. 

Stevens Pond Dam: 

Tony Fletcher is aware of the problems this dam is having and has a repair plan in mind. As soon as the water level drops, the repairs will be implemented.

We will continue to update this website, as well as our Facebook page, as we have more news to share.


2017 Liberty Town Meeting & The Vote to Rescind the Ban on Personal Water Craft

Update 3/25/17: After 75 minutes of discussion, Item #23 on Liberty's warrant went to a written vote. There were 99 NO votes to 33 YES votes. Therefore, the article to rescind the ban on PWC on Lake Saint George failed, and the PWC ban will remain intact. Roughly 75% of Liberty residents who voted wanted to maintain the ban, while a 25% minority voted to allow PWC's.

CALL would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote at today's town meeting. We'd also like to thank those who wrote to the Selectmen in support of maintaining the ban. All of your support and encouragement is very much appreciated, and made all the difference in maintaining the ban. Thank you!





Winter 2017 Newsletter

A digital link to our Winter 2017 Newsletter can be found below:




Dam News

Update 2/6/17:

At long last, the dam report from Kleinschmidt is in. It addresses both the Spillway Dam at Lake St. George, as well as the Stevens Pond Dam. You may view it online by clicking the link below:


Update 1/3/17: 

We are still waiting on the engineering study, and will post news of its findings once we have it in hand.

Update 10/17/16:

The engineering studies of both the Lake Saint George Dam and the Stevens Pond Dam have recently been completed. The Town of Liberty is waiting to receive the final report from the engineering firm, which should be in within the next two weeks. We will update this website and Facebook when we have more information to share.

Update 8/24/16:

 

Tammy Reynolds, Liberty's Dam Manager, provided the following report following this morning's dam investigation, 


"Today August 24th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. myself and crew blocked the water flow the best we could and went under the road/dam at the Channel.  For those that have not seen what lies underneath envision for me 60 feet of concrete box culvert was installed 2 years ago, which then joins to a 30 foot section of metal culvert, which then joins onto an old possibly 100 year old rock culvert.  When we stepped into the rock culvert which is what comes first if you go in from the spillway about 20 feet in there is a “massive” leak coming from over your head  through the rocks and a moderate leak at knee level.  How this happened or became is still not completely clear, but this is absolutely how we are losing a lot of water.  Next I will contact an engineer and go back in to show them the leak and get an opinion on a best and least expensive fix for the town.  Thanks for your patience as I have been trying very hard to get this problem fixed.  I will keep everyone informed as the information becomes available."

 

 


Update 8/23/16: Water-proof cement will be poured this coming week in an effort to stop the newer leak under the roadway. The water level will remain low (even if the leak is stopped or slowed after the concrete is poured), unless we get substantial rainfall during the next weeks and months. The dam gate is completely closed and will not be reopened this season.

Update 7/27/16: Members of the Lake Association and Town's people assembled at the Dam to meet with Tammy Reynolds, the Town's Dam and Road Commissioner, and the DOT regarding the leak at the site of DOT's 2015 Reconstruction over the Dam. DOT acknowledged the present leak but said it is not DOT responsibility to repair it. Their engineer agreed with Tammy's proposed repair plan which the Town as owner of the dam is responsible to fix. Tammy will apply for a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection to proceed with the repair. For more information contact Linda Breslin at 207-872-5469. Thanks to all of you who came to the site today .



Volunteers Needed to Help Build Liberty River Walk in July

Community members are coming together to build a hiking trail in Liberty.  The trail will highlight the scenic St. George River headwaters, historic mill remnants and majestic old growth trees.  Our first work days include:
  • Sunday, July 10th
  • Thursday, July 14th
  • Tuesday, July 19th
Bring work gloves, tools (e.g., loppers, handsaw) and water as well as bug protection.  We'll meet at the Liberty Town Office parking lot at 9am each day and we'll end by noon (or earlier as needed).  If weather doesn't cooperate, we'll postpone.  

To receive future correspondence on the Liberty River Walk or for more info, please contact Bob Kohl:  kohl.bob@gmail.com or (207) 589-3105


Summer 2016 Newsletter

Our Summer Newsletter was mailed out to Lake Association Members in mid-June. A digital copy is available at the following link:





Dams in Distress

The preliminary results of the state inspection of the Stevens Pond and Lake St. George dams, done by Tony Fletcher, State Dam Inspector, indicate the two dams have excessive leaking. The Stevens Pond dam leak will require a dive team to determine the source of the leak. The Lake St. George dam has several issues, and [The Liberty Selectmen] are awaiting the final report on that dam. The dams will require attention and Tony Fletcher will help in our evaluation and with possible solutions to problems.

Information provided by the Selectmen in Liberty's Annual Report

Tammy Reynolds, Liberty's Road Commissioner, submitted the following information regarding low water levels and dam issues in the annual town report:

The Channel dam [at Route 220] along with lake levels brought a lot of conversation this summer. The dam was closed in early May, and for the first time in my history not opened until December. While everyone was an expert on the reasons for the lake level being low, the fact that nearly no rain fell from April - November played a major part. When the gate was cleaned and opened in December, a "new" leak was discovered. At the time, by coincidence, the MEMA dam inspector came for a routine inspection and I was able to show him what I had discovered. He in turn was reporting it to the MDOT and we will await their response or findings. While we all would like to have them rush and fix the dam, the reality is probably waiting for them to fit it in a budget if they will even respond. Stay tuned to the town website and I will update you as information becomes available. 

Steven's Pond dam continues to have a leak and again the MEMA inspector may have a much cheaper fix for that. We await his written findings and possible fix.



Update on Town of Liberty vs. Cards Against Humanity

The legal action between the Town of Liberty and Cards Against Humanity has been settled out of court; the company has entered into a Consent Agreement with the Town. The Agreement is filed with the Probate Court, includes land use for the island and Dan Miller is the local manager. The company also agreed to reimburse the Town for legal expenses.

Information provided by the Selectmen in Liberty's Annual Report



CALL's Winter 2015-2016 Newsletter

Our Winter Newsletter was mailed out to Lake Association Members last week. A digital copy is available at the following link: