BAR HARBOR, MAINE — The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced the completion of the Hamilton Pond dam repair. The dam creating the 51-acre pond, which is owned by the laboratory, partially collapsed in early February due to a high water event, resulting in a drop in the water level.
The water level returned to normal within a few weeks of the repair, according to Mark Hanscome, MDI Biological Laboratory director of facilities.
The pond, which is located at the junction of Route 3 and Norway Drive, was created in the early 1900s when Stony Brook was dammed for agricultural purposes. The property surrounding the pond was donated to the MDI Biological Laboratory in 1935 by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.
The repair on the stone masonry dam was carried out by Harold MacQuinn Inc. of Hancock, Maine, based on a solution outlined in an engineer’s report commissioned by the MDI Biological Laboratory from the Kleinschmidt Group of Falmouth, Maine. The work was funded by private donations and by a $10,000 contribution from the town of Bar Harbor, which uses the pond as a fire reservoir for the village of Salisbury Cove.
The project involved improvement of the access road, repair of the breached section of the dam and widening of the landing, which will provide easy access to the pond for fire trucks to pump water in the event of a fire, Hanscome said.
Given the importance of Hamilton Pond as a fire safety and recreational resource, the MDI Biological Laboratory has embarked on a fundraising initiative to raise $75,000 to establish a fund to support the long-term maintenance of the dam. Those interested in contributing may contact Michele Marks, philanthropy officer, at 207-288-3605, ext. 109.
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