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Public comments sought for Conway Pool permit

CONWAY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on the Conway Community Swimming Pool Inc.’s proposal to repair its dam and remove excess sediment.

The pool has been closed since fall 2010 when the committee —a group of volunteers that maintains the man-made pond — discovered significant bypass and sinkhole issues with the earthen dam that impounds Pumpkin Hollow Brook.

The pool requires dam repairs, dredging and beach replenishment.

Proposed engineering plans include repairs to the spillway pipe which has caused sinkholes and washouts along the dam crest. Dredging is also required to maintain the volume of the pool and to remove about 3,000 cubic yards of sediment.

This is one of seven permits required for the pool’s repairs.

As part of the proposal, the pool committee requests authorization to do regular and future excavation of sediment from the pond.

In February, the pool group kicked off its fundraising campaign to raise almost $193,000 in four months to open the pool by the summer of 2014. Yet, in four weeks, the volunteers raised $100,000.

The application was filed according to the federal Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of proposed work.

The public notice can be viewed at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.

Public comments are due April 25. Send to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Paul Sneeringer), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751

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