Hearing on Billings Pond Dam Proposal Set for March 28

BLUE HILL — Prized by area anglers for its wild brook trout population, Billings Pond could become more easily accessible, depending on how property owners around the pond respond to a proposal from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to reinstate a dam at the head of the pond.

An informational hearing on the proposal will be conducted by the IF&W at the Blue Hill Town Hall Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m.

Announcing the hearing at their weekly meeting last Friday, selectmen said a dam would add depth to the pond so it can be used more readily by boaters and kayakers.

IF&W owns property at the mouth of the 93-acre pond also known as First Pond. The pond’s outlet flows into tidal water at Salt Pond.

Selectmen said all 25 property owners around the pond would receive written notice of the forum, which will include representatives from IF&W and from Emsource, the environmental liability acquisition company responsible for the closing and clean up of the former mining site adjacent to the pond.

Selectman Jim Schatz said Emsource has funds available for environmental projects in town.

Engineers hired by IF&W to design a dam built of stone and other natural material available at the site also will attend the forum.

Schatz said that prior to authorizing the dam construction, IF&W requires an easement from all landowners abutting the pond because the increased water level of 1 to 2 feet would extend the edges of the pond onto privately owned land.

The public is also encouraged to attend the forum and learn more about the plan to enhance access for recreational pursuits on the pond. 

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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