by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter
Lake Pocotopaug’s water level will be lowered in October to allow residents and the town to work on seawalls and beach cleanup. Town Manager Michael Maniscalo said the “drawdown” will be conducted by the dam owner beginning Oct. 10. Maniscalo also said that the dam, as is much of the lake is privately owned; the town only owns 5-acres along the water’s edge. According to public records Stanley Bevin is the owner of the dam.
While Maniscalo does not know how much the water level will be lowered, he did say that lowering the lake will allow people to do necessary work this fall. Some work may require an Inland Wetlands Permit, so residents need to contact the Building/Planning/Zoning Department for applications and requirements as soon as possible. The department can be reached at 860-267-9601. More information about the process and regulations can also be found at www.easthamptonct.gov/pages/EastHamptonCT_Planning/WetlandsApp.