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Dam Repairs Nearly Complete at Lake Beseck; Water Level Remains Low
Lake Beseck water levels remain low more than a year after it was drained by state environmental workers to prepare for a $2.6 million dam renovation.

“All we are waiting on is the rain,” said Mark June-Wells, Ph.D, director of Water Resource Services at All Habitat Services. The limnologist and plant ecologist was contracted by the town nearly two years ago to assist with its vegetation and water quality issues. “The weather is not cooperating.”

The 116-acre lake was drawn down approximately 10 to 15 feet so that the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection could finish a dam renovation project, now nearing completion.

“The lake looks terrible, it’s coming up painfully slow,” said Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. “Unfortunately, it’s now filled with weeds beyond description.”

Aquatic Vegetation Overtakes Lake Beseck after Draw Down for Dam Renovation



 
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