The public is invited to join Camden town officials, project partners, and other community members for a series of conversations on aesthetic and environmental considerations surrounding the Montgomery Dam, sluiceway, and adjacent seawall.

The focus of this meeting, sponsored by the town of Camden, will center around the Montgomery Dam and its relationship to Main Street buildings and the Harbor Park path and seawall, but the town of Camden is also engaged in a larger assessment made possible through a National Coastal Resilience Fund grant.

The conversations will cover draft concept designs, discuss site constraints, and opportunities. Register in advance for one of these sessions:

Sunday, June 27, 5-7.pm.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BuI6E28aSumMnbVrxka3MA
Wednesday, June 30, 10 a.m. – noon
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gD5DQadQSj2mBWjeQpZ93Q
Friday, July 2, noon – 2 p.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VGaJkhovQYaS2WZhD8iJxQ

In 2018, facing costly repairs to the Montgomery Dam, a feasibility study was done to better understand the options moving forward. The study examined the dam’s impacts on flood risk in the downtown area and as a barrier to possible fish passage up the Megunticook River for species including alewives, blueback herring, sea-run brook trout, and American eel.

In 2019, the town of Camden received a municipal planning and technical assistance grant from the Maine Coastal Program for engineering and design of full or partial removal of the Montgomery Dam as well as reconfiguration of the connected seawall. The purpose of the grant is to do the design and engineering work needed for an option that would allow both the Megunticook River and Harbor Park to be better prepared for climate change with less of a need for ongoing maintenance.

Any decisions about whether to move forward with construction plans will require multiple levels of approval from the Select Board, the Library Board of Trustees, and town voters. No decision has been made and public input will help determine the next steps in the process.

The town will look for opportunities to benefit adjacent properties and businesses through the design and will discuss how specific and shared goals might correspond with ecological restoration, tourism, recreation, connectivity to the working waterfront and sources of potential grant funding.

For help with registration or other questions, you can send an email to amckellar@camdenmaine.gov.

For more information and links to previous meetings, visit https://www.camdenmaine.gov/news_detail_T50_R74.php