Code of Vermont Rules
Agency 12 - AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Sub-Agency 004 - NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD
Chapter 016 - GOVERNING SURFACE LEVELS OF LAKES AND PONDS WHICH ARE PUBLIC WATERS OF VERMONT 10 V.S.A. section 905(2)
Section 12 004 016 - GOVERNING SURFACE LEVELS OF LAKES AND PONDS WHICH ARE PUBLIC WATERS OF VERMONT 10 V.S.A. section 905(2)

Universal Citation: VT Code of Rules 12 004 016
Current through February, 2024

LAKE OR POND Town/County Date Adopted

SURFACE LEVELS ESTABLISHED

Dates - Elevation (datum)

REMARKS

LAKE BOMOSEEN Castleton/Rutland September 7, 1982 Effective: May 5, 1983

All year: Maintain at gage zero (0) plus or minus three (3) inches, with the desired level on the plus side in the summer.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: Town of Castleton

Regulating Works: 2- spillways with stop logs; 2- gates (1 motorized)

Gage 'zero': 0" 409.9' m.s.l. spillway crest

BURR POND Sudbury/Rutland

July 26, 1965

Rev. November 17, 1980

All year: 498.0' (local datum)

5 Year Drawdown*

Commence no earlier than September 15. Replacement of stop logs no later than October 15. Secretary of ANR to receive minimum of two weeks notice and written authorization from Owner of dam if by Agent.

Dam Owner: Amy Shornstein

Operated by: Owner

Datum: 498.0' =spillway crest

Regulating Works: Stop log section-sill elev. = 496.0'

*5 Year Drawdown: No more frequently than once in any consecutive 5 year period except may be lowered to the extent necessary to allow for alterations or repairs to the dam.

LAKE CARMI

Franklin/Franklin

November 25, 1964

July 2, 1970

June 1 - Sept. 15: 435.48'(m.s.l.)

Sept. 15 - June 1: 433.69'

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: 435.00' m.s.l. = spillway crest

Regulating Works: Stop log section (double column). Top elev. = 436.50' (crest of dam) Sill elev. = 431.00'

COLES POND

Walden/Caledonia

August 7, 1962

All year: 2191.85' (m.s.l.)

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: 2191.85' m.s.l. = spillway crest

Regulating Works: Unregulated spillway (fixed crest weir). Two small drains (capped)

Bench Mark: [] metal peg, set in concrete a large outcrop near the outlet: elev. = 2194.65' m.s.l.

CRYSTAL LAKE

Barton/Orleans

July 14, 1966

January 31, 1967*

All year: 944.82' (m.s.l.)

Special Water Rights*

E.M. Brown & Son, Inc. may draw the lake down no lower than 943.82' for water power use.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: 944.82' m.s.l. = low flow crest of spillway

Regulating Works: Unregulated stepped spillway; One gate (hand operated)

*Special Water Rights: Non transferable. Terminates should Brown no longer make use of water power.

LAKE EDEN

Eden/Lamoille

February 6, 1959

June 1 - Sept. 15 maintain substantially at 14" below spillway crest.

Remainder of year may be manipulated for fisheries purposes after written notification by DFW to Water Resources Board*

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: Spillway crest

Regulating Works: Stop log section (4' deep) double section

*Manipulation: WRB notified by DFW on 3/2/60 that it will manipulate water level each spring to control perch reproduction

GREAT HOSMER POND

Craftsbury/Orleans

March 29, 1954

No Rules Adopted

Trial period ordered by WRB in 1954. Water level to be allowed to fluctuate naturally with top of stop logs set at 1.1' below East abutment of dam. (1.5' below West abutment). No end to trial period stated.*

Practice has been to try to keep water level at -1.1' since 1954.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: East abutment of dam

Regulating Works: Stop logs; Trial period stop log elevation noted in R.W. Thieme's letter to Fenton Chester 10/20/64. Not given in WRB's Findings of Fact dated 3/29/54.

LAKE GROTON

Groton/Caledonia

December 16, 1965-

Rev. 10/10/78

Rev. 03/14/85

All year: $(077.0' (m.s.l.)$)

Temporary Drawdown

May be annual temporary lowering of water level as much as 10"; must occur during the month of November-also, may be lowered to the extent necessary to allow for maintenance of the dam. Drawdowns must be approved and under the supervision of ANR or his/her designee.

5 Year Drawdown

10 cfs refill calendar year 0 + 5 2nd Tuesday after Labor Day, 3' drawdown; 21 days later start refill to normal winter level, 10 cfs min.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: 1077.1' m.s.l. = spillway crest.

Regulating Works: Stop logs (double column).

Sill elevation = 1072.0' m.s.

HARVEYS LAKE

Barnet/Caledonia

September 18, 1970

No rules in effect. Trial period expired.

Trial Period (9/70-9/73)

May 15 - Sept. 15 at spillway crest

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 1.0 to 2.5' below spillway crest

Oct. 15 to onset of spring runoff not less than 1.0' below spillway crest - dam should be managed to prevent damage from spring runoff

Dam Owner: Town of Barnet

Operated by: Town of Barnet

Datum: Spillway crest (low flow section) 892.28' m.s.l. per R.M. Downer

Regulating Works: Stop logs: sill elevation = 888.5' m.s.l.; sluice gate; and fish ladder

Trial Period: Expired Sept. 1973

LAKE HORTONIA

Hubbardton/Rutland

February 1, 1955

All year: Water level variation not to exceed 2.5'

Note: Variation is not referenced to any elevation. Order says DFW to provide a plan to maintain levels within 2.5' after new dam was built (1955)

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: Spillway crest = 487.50' (local)

Regulating Works: Stop logs section. 24" drain

KEISER POND

Peacham/Caledonia

April 16, 1964

May 1 - Sept. 15: 94.0' (local)

Sept. 15 - May 1: may be lowered below 94.0' by DFW as necessary

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: Crest of low flow spillway section 94.25 '

Regulating Works: Stop log section (single col)

LITTLE HOSMER POND

Craftsbury/Orleans

October 16, 1968

All year: 1065.7' (local)

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Crest of low flow spillway section 1066.5 '

Regulating Works: Stop log section: sill elev. 1062.5'

MILES POND

Concord/Essex

March 18, 1969

May 15 -Oct. 15: 98.50'(local)

Oct. 15 - May 15 96.50' to 97.00'

Temporary Drawdown

Temporary lowering of level for maintenance, cleanup, etc. at a time mutually agreeable to majority of affected parties and upon written direction of WRB

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Spillway crest = 99.00'

Regulating Works: Stop log section (double col)

LAKE MOREY

Fairlee/Orange

December 20, 1954

No Rules Adopted.

Trial period ordered by WRB in 1954.

Summer 32" (415.65' m.s.l.) above floor of main outlet Winter about October 15 lower to desirable winter level.

(Exact date to be agreeable to Lake Morey Protective Assn. & WRB.)

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Spillway floor = 412.98' m.s.l.

Regulating Works: Stop log section

Bench Mark: TBM - NE corner of top of west wall at spillway (opposite stop logs) 419.35' m.s.l.

LAKE PARKER

Glover/Orleans

November 6, 1974

Amended Jan. 10, 1975)

Normal camping season 97.4' (local)

Water Level Manipulation

Normal camping season - only with approval of Secretary ANR. Non-camping season - Secretary ANR may order Town of Glover to manipulate levels for fisheries management

Dam Owner: Town of Glover

Operated by: Town of Glover

Datum: Low flow spillway crest = 97.3'

Regulating Works: Stop log section. Sill elev. 94.0'

Bench Mark: TBM - [] in concrete at southerly end of stop log section = 98.4' (local)

PERCH POND

Benson/Rutland

June 4, 1965

May 1 - Oct. 1: 99.4' (local)

Oct. 1 - May 1: DFW may draw down to minimum of 97.0'

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: Spillway crest = 100.0' per revised plans*

Regulating Works: Stop log section. Sill elev. = 97.5' per field inspection.*

*Note: As built may not agree with plans.

LAKE SADAWGA

Whitingham/Windham

September 18, 1964

May 1 - Oct. 1: 96.2' (local)

Oct. 1 - May 1: 92.2' minimum for fisheries management

Dam Owner: VT DFW

Operated by: VT DFW

Datum: Top of I-beam imbedded in spillway 100.0'

Regulating Works: 2 spillways, low flow crest elev. 96.2' 1 drain (42")

SILVER LAKE

Barnard/Windsor

June 7, 1968

Amended effective

December 30, 2011

For 2011 - 2014

Summer recreation season: 1307.5' National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29)

Winter season: 1306.0' NGVD 29

The lake shall be drawn down and allowed to refill in accordance with the following schedule:

a. For 2011 and 2012

1. Stoplogs in the principal spillway section at Silver Lake Dam will be restored to an elevation so that the lake level will be 1307.5 feet NGVD 29 by May 15.

2. Stoplogs will be removed to an elevation so that the lake level will be 1306.0 feet NGVD 29 after October 15.

3. Removal and restoration of stoplogs will be at the discretion of the State of Vermont Dam Safety Engineer and may be instituted during times of concern regarding public health and safety.

b. For 2013

1. Stoplogs in the principal spillway section at Silver Lake Dam will be restored to an elevation so that the lake level will be 1307.5 feet NGVD 29 by May 15.

2. Stoplogs will be removed to an elevation so that the lake level will be 1306.0 feet NGVD 29 after Labor Day to allow for recapping of the concrete pier at Silver Lake State Park and to allow shoreline owners to take necessary steps to prevent their properties from possible ice damage;

3. Removal and restoration of stoplogs will be at the discretion of the State of Vermont Dam Safety Engineer and may be instituted during times of concern regarding public health and safety.

c. For 2014 and following years:

1. Stoplogs in the principal spillway section at Silver Lake Dam will be restored to an elevation so that the lake level will be 1307.5 feet NGVD 29 by May 15, 2014.

2. Winter drawdown will be suspended; principal spillway crest will be maintained at a fixed elevation so that the lake level will be 1307.5 feet NGVD 29.

3. Restoration of stoplogs in 2014 will be at the discretion of the State of Vermont Dam Safety Engineer if a delay is warranted based on public health and safety concerns.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Top SE corner of drop inlet of principal spillway = 1310.0' m.s.l.

Regulating Works: Stop logs structures

SUNRISE LAKE

Benson/Rutland

October 9, 1963

No Rules Adopted.

Findings of Fact - No Order

Dam Owner: BSA

Operated by: BSA

Regulating Works: Stop logs in spillway section

SUNSET LAKE

Benson/Rutland

October 9, 1963

No Rules Adopted.

Findings of Fact - No Order

Dam Owner: none

Operated by: none

Regulating Works: Unregulated concrete weir

LAKE WILLOUGHBY

Westmore/Orleans

November 23, 1954

No Rules in Effect. Trial Period Expired

Trial Period

Summer & Fall 1954: 1168.7' (m.s.l.)

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Floor original spillway = 1168.04'

Regulating Works: Stop log sections

WOLCOTT POND

Wolcott/Lamoille

September 19, 1968

All year 100.00' (local)

Temporary Drawdown

Temporary lowering below 100.00' at a mutually agreeable time of majority of affected parties, and written authorization by WRB.

Dam Owner: VT DEC

Operated by: VT DEC

Datum: Crest of spillway and overflow structure = 100.1' (local)

Regulating Works: Stop log section sill

Bench Mark: BM on concrete base at boat launch area = 105.60'

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