The policy that has been agreed to is to follow a three year drawdown cycle whereby on years designated as year 1, year 2 and year 3 we perform a drawdown as follows:
Year 1) 1 foot, by removing 1 board from the Dam <--- Corresponds to years 2013, 2016, 2019
Year 2) 1 foot, by removing 1 board from the Dam <--- Corresponds to years 2014, 2017, 2020
Year 3) 3 feet, by removing 3 boards from the Dam <--- Corresponds to years 2015, 2018, 2021
On successive years, we continue to repeat this three year cycle.
The schedule for the drawdown is to remove boards on the dam after Columbus Day. At the end of April, the boards are then reinstalled. Our website calendar http://thorndike.org/calendar-date/month indicates the specific dates for drawdown and updraw.
Boaters should use caution while on the pond during the drawdown period because there will be more shallow areas. Owners of boats and docks should take the necessary steps to prepare for and/or adjust to the drawdown.