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Volunteers Needed to Assist with Possible Strandings During Branford Supply Pond Dam Repair Oct. 12 -14

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From Oct. 12 - Oct. 14, Supply Pond will be dropped 3' below normal levels, to allow for required minor repair work to the dam. More volunteers are needed to help monitor the perimeter to rescue any fish and other non-mobile aquatic animals stranded above water. Shown here, the Supply Pond dam on Oct. 6. 

Pam Johnson/The Sound

From Oct. 12 - Oct. 14, Supply Pond will be dropped 3' below normal levels, to allow for required minor repair work to the dam. More volunteers are needed to help monitor the perimeter to rescue any fish and other non-mobile aquatic animals stranded above water. Shown here, the Supply Pond dam on Oct. 6. (Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound)

The Supply Ponds Dam will be undergoing scheduled minor repair work beginning Tuesday Oct. 12, 2021. The dam is classified by the State as a Class B "significant hazard" dam due to the amount of water it impounds. The dam is required to be inspected every 5 years, and the scheduled repairs are a result of the last inspection. Prior to the work being completed, the level of the Supply Pond will be dropped 3 feet below normal levels in order to stop the flow over the dam's spillway and expose the upstream face of the dam and spillway being repaired.

As part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) permit requirements, the perimeter of the Supply Ponds must be monitored during the drawdown period in order to rescue any fish and other non-mobile aquatic animals stranded above water during the drawdown. The monitoring period is expected to take 3 days beginning on October 12 through October 14. The Town is seeking additional volunteers to monitor the banks of the Supply Ponds during the drawdown period.

Volunteers should have boots or other waterproof footwear appropriate for walking into mud and into shallow areas of the pond, weather appropriate clothing including raingear depending on the weather, bug spray, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a net & bucket if they have them. For those that do not have nets & buckets we will have a limited quantity available. Volunteers should also be aware that this draw down will proceed rain or shine, so weather conditions may not be ideal.

This is a great opportunity for those that enjoy the outdoors and the scenic areas around the ponds to help the Town maintain one of the most heavily visited spots in Branford. The volunteers would be working alongside members of the Town's Engineering and Public Works Departments, Sustainability & Compliance Office, Branford High School students, members of various Town boards and commissions, and the general public. This work is solely outdoors and the volunteers would be either working independently or with one other volunteer after checking in and receiving direction from Town Staff.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Jennifer Acquino, Assistant Town Engineer at 203-315-0606 or jacquino@branford-ct.gov.

Finally, we ask any visitors to the Supply Ponds during the drawdown period to please drive slow and be aware of the volunteers and staff working to protect our natural resources.


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