In 2016, the severe drought brought to the fore the realization of the dependency of almost the entire town on the availability of groundwater below Dover’s surface. Conservation Commission and Planning Board meetings then and continuing to this day testify to the continuing loss of surface water streams. At the end of 2016, the Board of Selectmen turned to the Board of Health to establish a study. A Water Resource Committee of the BOH commenced work to understand what factors and data needed to be collected. At the Town Meeting of 2018, Article #12 was passed authorizing the Water Resource Committee to engage an engineering firm with hydrology specialty to work with the committee to gather relevant data on the underlying aquifers, the use of water, and matters relating to preserving Dover’s groundwater supply. A two-year study was commissioned and the final report is now available .
The Project Manager from Kleinfelder, Ms. Kirsten Ryan, PG, together with the Water Resource Committee will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday morning, June 9th, at 9:00 a.m., to present the report, its findings and recommendations. The Final Report with Attachments and color plates are accessible at this online folder: https://tinyurl.com/y86lj8t5 .
BOH Water Resource Committee 06/09/2020 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM.
More information is available in the Town Agenda Center under Board of Health Water Resource Committee