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$110K being raised for dam

Improvements for 50-year storm

JAFFREY — The Thorndike Pond Conservation Association will take steps this fall to expand the sidewalls and increase the height of the dam on Thorndike Pond by approximately 1 foot.

While construction will take about 30 days, Town Manager Dave Caron said in a recent interview with the Ledger-Transcript that the dam must first be relieved of five feet of water. The draw down, he noted, is slated to begin in August and will take two months to complete.

The Thorndike Pond Conservation Association, which is responsible for maintaining the dam, is expected to begin filling the dam back up in mid-November, following construction, Caron said.

The project is scheduled to cost about $110,000, with the pond’s approximately 78 landowners contributing a share of the total cost, Caron said.

“The association has levied an assessment of $1,200 per property owner on Thorndike Pond,” he said. “The town will also be contributing its $1,200 share, as it owns the beach.”

Caron noted that property owners had the option to pay their $1,200 contribution over a two-year period.

Vice President of the Thorndike Pond Association Sam Hackler of Jaffrey attended the Select Board’s June 10 meeting where he discussed the association’s project to expand the dam, per the direction of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, and to request that the town pay its assessment of $1,200.

Multiple messages left with Hackler were not returned by press time Monday.

Calls to the state’s Department of Environmental Services were also not returned by press time.

Caron said last week, “My understanding is that the dam needs to be able to impound water for a 50-year storm, which requires the extension of the walls.”

The town-owned beach at Thorndike Pond is expected to maintain its normal summer schedule despite the planned improvements project, according to Caron.

The water and shoreline of the 265-acre pond extends just east of Mount Monadnock, spanning the towns of Jaffrey and Dublin. Members of the Thorndike Pond Conservation Association include shoreline residents and friends of Thorndike Pond, according to the association’s website.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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