, Derry, New Hampshire

June 13, 2013

Officials watch Gallien's Beach after closing

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — It’s all clear at Gallien’s Beach following elevated bacteria levels earlier this month.

The beach area was closed due to higher than normal levels, but got a clean bill of health from the state on June 5.

Gallien’s is now set to open June 22, according to Parks and Recreation officials.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services officials had tested the lake’s waters twice and found the high bacterial readings. The beach was scheduled to open for the season earlier this month.

Derry Town Administrator John Anderson said the high levels of concern were due to fertilizer being loaded into the watershed, most likely from residents’ using products and chemicals on their lawns during the warmer weather.

“All it takes is one person,” Anderson said. “My favorite color of a lawn is brown, but some people like green.”

DES officials continued to monitor the levels at the beach and gave the all clear last week.

Recreation coordinator Nicole Ferrante said it’s now time to get the beach ready for the season. That includes getting the docks installed and continuing summer worker training at the lake.

“We want it to be as pristine and perfect (as possible),” Ferrante said.

She said last week employees were going through their regular training routine and had been in the water, so it’s already safe.

Pushing opening day to June 22 is just an added precaution. The beach will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Anderson credited the Beaver Lake Improvement Association for good work when it comes to educating people about the dangers of using chemicals while living so close to the water.

In other water news, Anderson said the town’s work at the Beaver Meadow dam is still ongoing and should wind up soon.

With a few days of heavy rain recently, the nearby pond’s levels were quite high and work was put on hold as the water topped the dam.

“The rains we had brought water level up quite quickly,” Anderson said. “But our repairs so far have held.”

Town crews discovered some significant structural damage at the dam last month after residents noticed extremely swift water surges near the structure. A hole was discovered and state officials, along with town crews and American Excavating contractors, are working to complete the repairs.