New Dam Gate Installed

Thanks to a number of WLA volunteers and support from our members, we recently installed a new gate on the dam, replacing the existing 30 year old gate. As a reminder, the dam helps ensure a lake water level that protects the shoreline, protects shoreline structures, and supports loon nesting. Two WLA volunteers, David Bradbury and David Ross, guided the installation of a new gate late in October. This new gate was built by David Bradbury and Donal Drew from hemlock farmed and milled on David’s property. David Ross fabricated the various fittings needed to secure and operate the gate. Steve Rines, Paul McNulty, and Nancy McNulty assisted with the installation. This new gate should make for a more consistent water level, be easier to operate…and last at least another thirty years! A series of photographs following the installation process.

Dave B and Dave R removing the old gate

Dave B and Dave R removing the old gate

 

Lowering in new gate

Lowering in new gate

 

Positioning new gate

Positioning new gate

 

Lowering in new gate from inside the dam house

Lowering in new gate from inside the dam house

 

Dave B and Dave R installing new brackets

Dave B and Dave R installing new brackets

 

Dave B adjusting the new brackets on the lifting gear

Dave B adjusting the new brackets on the lifting gear

 

Final adjustments Paul M, David R, and David B

Final adjustments Paul M, David R, and David B

 

Dave R and Steve R testing the new gate

Dave R and Steve R testing the new gate

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