CAMDEN — Two groups with opposing views on what should be done with Montgomery Dam in the future have been working on petitions to put competing questions on the town meeting warrant in June.

Meanwhile, the group called “Restore Megunticook” issued a press release this week saying the Camden Select Board should appoint a citizens’ advisory committee to help decide the Megunticook River’s future.

“Our river could be an amazing recreational and ecological resource,” Tony Grassi told the Select Board at its March 1 meeting. “But large sections are now mostly ignored or unseen. It’s way past time to broaden the dialogue about our best options — a dialogue that should include any Camden resident who wants to participate.”

Grassi said the Advisory Committee would provide an open process of public information. “Its recommendations would guide the Select Board in developing a comprehensive river restoration plan, including possible removal of derelict dams,” the press release states.

Grassi is a past global chairman of The Nature Conservancy. He argues Camden faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make essential infrastructure improvements with grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“If we miss this opportunity, Camden taxpayers will end up paying to rebuild town property damaged by flooding or other the impacts of climate change,” he argued.

These grants require naturalized fish passage to Megunticook Lake, which can be achieved at the Seabright, East and West dams.

Restore Megunticook is circulating a petition. Anyone interested in signing should write to