The rain-swollen Exeter River roars past the Great Dam after several days of hard rain in the Seacoast in March 2010. Photo retrieved from: www.seacoastonline.com
“EXETER — Town officials continue to negotiate with a consulting firm with an eye toward conducting a feasibility study into the possible removal of Great Dam.
“We’re working on a contract, it’s not quite ready yet,” said town engineer Paul Vlasich. “We’re pretty close but have a few issues to iron out.”
Vlasich said he hopes to have something finalized within the next week or so.
Once a contract with a consultant is finalized, it would go to the Board of Selectmen for final approval.
If approved, the feasibility study could begin fairly quickly after, Vlasich said.
The study could take anywhere from a year to a year and a half to complete, according to Vlasich.
Vlasich said he would have a better idea of the study’s schedule once the consultant contract is finalized.
The town recently applied for a grant through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help fund the study after learning it would need an additional $8,500 in funds.
The funding limit for the grant the town applied for is $20,000.
The town would like to use any funding it gets to fund some concept drawings of how the river would look if the dam were removed.
Voters approved a warrant article in March 2010 to spend $100,000 for the purpose of studying the feasibility of removing the Great Dam, and approved of acceptance of a watershed assistance grant in the amount of $60,000 from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services (DES) to offset the total.
The feasibility study will provide town officials and voters with further information as they consider potential dam modifications or removal.
Either option will need to be completed in the future as the dam does not meet state safety requirements for passing flood flows and is listed as deficient by the state.”
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