CAMDEN —Members of Save the Dam Falls were out on Main Street Oct. 9 to share their views, listen and hand out a survey about what to do with the Montgomery Dam.

The group also planned to return Sunday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

“We’re celebrating Olmstead 200,” said Ken Gross, a member of Save the Dam Falls. The “Frederick Law Olmstead firm designed not only the Village Green, but Harbor Park.”

Part of that celebration is preserving what we’ve got — the beauty and the legacy we have here in the heart of Camden, he said.

The group set up their table and hung a banner on a storefront owned by Robbie Arra, located between the Smiling Cow and Camden Deli.

People stopped by to talk to members of Save the Dam Falls on Main Street Oct. 9. Photo by Susan Mustapich

Responses to a survey to assess public opinion on the importance of the Montgomery Dam to Camden’s landscape and charm, as well as options on its repair, modification, removal, and fish passage will be  gathered until Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The survey can be located on the Save the Dam Committee Facebook page, and filled out online or printed and mailed in. There is also a print version of the survey.

Annie Mischissin, left, with Jean Brewer, wears a tee shirt made by The Village Shop Oct. 9. Owner Mark Boynton surprised them with tee shirts, “hot off the press” that morning, they said. Photo by Susan Mustapich

The group’s views and goals, are summarized in their brochure. They want people to be aware of the possible risk to the Montgomery Dam, the waterfall and Harbor Park, if the Camden Select Board “continues its chosen course of action.” That action is currently described by town officials as sending a ballot item on the dam’s removal to voters sometime in 2022.

Save the Dam sees Camden’s town government’s process as “deeply flawed. We the people of Camden have not been heard. The Select Board never offered a public hearing with a range of choices and a range of designs [for the dam].”

The group sees preserving the waterfall created by the dam as compatible with sea level rise mitigation and flood mitigation.

The group recommends “everyone read both Interfluve reports,” the May 2019 Montgomery Dam and July 2021 Megunticook River feasibility reports. The brochure mentions how the reports call for “collaboration, combining scientific reasoning with the input of the community” but to date “the public has not been invited to express their opinions, concerns and deep reservations.”

Save the Dam Falls also plans to set up their table in Harbor Park Thursday, Oct. 14, when the Camden Select Board will hold a workshop there. The town government workshop is billed as an opportunity for the public to hear presentations and ask questions from those who prepared reports on options for the dams in Camden on the Megunticook River.