AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing later this month on a petition to establish a water-level regime for Clary Lake in Whitefield and Jefferson.

The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Jefferson Fire Department, at 204 Waldoboro Road in Jefferson. The petition has been filed by George S. Fergusson et al, according to a department news release.

State officials said the purpose of the hearing is to receive evidence and oral testimony regarding the water levels necessary to:

  • Maintain public access and use of the water for navigation, fishing, fowling, recreation and other lawful uses;
  • Protect the safety of shoreline residents and the public;
  • Maintain fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and public and private water supplies;
  • Prevent the excessive erosion of shorelines; accommodate precipitation and run-off of waters;
  • Support ongoing use of the dam to generate or to enhance the downstream generation of hydroelectric or hydromechanical power;
  • Provide flows from any dam on the body of water to maintain public access and use, fish propagation and fish passage facilities, fish and wildlife habitat and water quality downstream.

A copy of the petition is available for review during business hours at DEP’s central office at 28 Tyson Drive in Augusta and also on the department’s website at

For information, contact DEP Project Manager Beth Callahan at [email protected] or 287-3901.


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