Citizens' Association of Liberty Lakes

  

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


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 96 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 .

Lake Saint George Boat Ramp to close temporarily on October 3, 2016 for repairs

The State will be making improvements to the LSG boat ramp (off of Route 3), the parking area, kiosk and toilet facilities starting October 3, 2016. They will do as much as they can to assure access to the boat ramp during construction, but the ramp will be closed and inaccessible to boaters on October 3 and until around November 15
 Boaters should plan ahead and it is recommended to remove your boat from the lake for the season no later than October 2.




Fall Raffle

Congratulations to Alan Crichton of Liberty who was the winner of our 2016 Art Raffle!  The lovely watercolor was created by artist Hugh Mahon and is titled, "Rust International." It depicts a local Liberty landmark that was previously located outside the Liberty Cannery (near the Town Office). Hugh very generously donated the art to CALL. Thanks Hugh, and congratulations to Alan!



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:




Essay Contest

Congratulations to Benjamin Richards of Montville who was the winner of our 2016 Student Essay Contest! Benjamin wrote about the importance of beavers and their dams in our ecosystem.





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.

Welcome to Denise Glick, Liberty's new Town Administrator!

Denise came on board in the Town Office this winter, and has a been a great help with a wide range of issues already in her short time here. She is going to be a great asset in making Town management  more effective and efficient.


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: