‘Rock stars’ fix Alna dam site

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 7:15am
Midcoast Conservancy’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager Shri Verrill said it rained when it wasn’t supposed to Monday, and she noted one other surprise as a Topsham firm addressed erosion at the Head Tide Dam site in Alna.
A whole section of stone steps, instead of just a couple, had to be reset, “which was unexpected,” Verrill said. A new reddish stone was added, that fit beautifully, she said. Since the site’s makeover last year, the Sheepscot River has removed fill behind the steps, Verrill said. Lenkel Construction owner Lance Linkel said new steel pins will hold the bottom step in place and a bigger rock was being used to avoid a recurrence.
“We are definitely going to prevent that,” Lenkel’s Gwen Kirby said, smiling under a hard hat.
The work, which included finishing a railing, had the parking area, river access and year-old viewing platform off limits to the public. A town email announced the closure and projected the work would take three days. The email stated, “Thank you for your cooperation while this important work is completed.”
On site Monday afternoon, Verrill said it might be done Tuesday.
“It’s amazing, how they’re doing.” She called Lenkel and his crew “rock stars.”