photo by Ron Unterman

photo by Karen Leonard

Star Lake Dam & Beach Reconstruction Project

Mount Holly Conservation Trust 

Several years ago the State of Vermont, Department of Dam Safety, determined that the dam at Star Lake was a “safety hazard” and that it must be removed or rebuilt.  The reconstruction project was undertaken because of an awesome $500,000 gift by the late Patricia Nye.   Over the next two years an additional $100,000 was donated from more than 280 local residents and friends, Vermont businesses and artists, and from Town organizations and Mt. Holly students.

The project was begun in 2012 with assistance from the State and a grant from FEMA.  This initial work was a flood and hydraulic evaluation of the Star Lake watershed, and was the first step for determining the design for the dam and spillway reconstruction. 

Final Design & Construction:
DuBois & King submitted a final dam design and permit applications to the State of Vermont in January 2015 and received the permits in July. Casella Construction was chosen as the contractor for the project and completed the work by mid October.
This project was managed as a collaboration between the Mount Holly Select Board and the Mount Holly Conservation Trust and its committee, the Friends of Star Lake.  

Star Lake is now preserved for generations to come.

Project Design:
1.  reconstruct the dam to current safety standards as required by the State;
2.  raise the Lake level 18 inches, back to its original elevation;
3.  dredge the beach and boat launch areas for better swimming & boating;
4.  create better access to the beach for maintenance equipment;
5.  upgrade the beach area & boat launch

The MHCT then contracted with the engineering firm, DuBois & King to evaluate the current dam and outlet stream, prepare alternatives for reconstruction of the dam, evaluate the beach and boat launch area for the removal of lake-bottom sediments, and to advance the chosen alternative to final construction.