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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2021

Labor Day Drawdown of Island Pond and Highland Lake

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau announced today that starting on September 7, the process of lowering Island Pond in Stoddard by 3 feet to the winter drawdown level will begin. Also starting on September 7, the process of lowering Highland Lake in Stoddard and Washington by 1 foot will begin, although the lowering of Highland Lake to the winter drawdown level of 3 feet will continue on October 11. Depending on weather, the drawdown will likely take 2 weeks to a month. The lowering of both impoundments are necessary to give enough time to facilitate the installation of three new gates at Island Pond Dam prior to winter. The installation of these gates are necessary for the eventual automation of gates located at both Island Pond Dam and Highland Lake Dam.  

For more information, please contact Corey Clark, NHDES Dam Bureau at corey.j.clark@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-8871.