Exploratory Group

The Curtis Pond Dam Exploratory Group is now ready to move forward on the issue to repair the Curtis Pond Dam and am inviting anyone who would like to help us in this effort to be in touch.  

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by the Calais Select Board and Curtis Pond Association as an agreement concerning the path to the potential renovation of the Curtis Pond Dam with the possibility that the Town of Calais could take title of the Dam when, and if, it is fully permitted, renovated and insurable.

Since July of 2020, a group of owners either on the Pond or within walking distance have worked together as the “Curtis Pond Dam Exploratory Group” to look again into getting the dam fixed. The group has conducted research about ownership, insurance, funding scenarios, reviewing past reports and presentations, and talked with ANR, various officials of Calais, and many organizations.

Feel free to peruse the documents below to learn more about the work we’ve been doing and the directions we are going. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to get involved.


Download or print our Dam Brochure to learn all about how we plan to replace the Curtis Pond Dam.

If printing, select “print on both sides” and “flip on short side”


Frequently Asked Questions about our plans to replace the Curtis Pond Dam


Curtis-pond-dam-timeline – Check out how much work done over the years! Here’s a summarized list of the efforts over the last 20 years. 

To learn more about our progress to date, check out our Presentation to the Calais Select Board on 05/24/2016 and the Select Board response to our presentation.


The following document provides a summary of our results to date. 


Slides used in presentation to the Calais Select Board on 5/24/2021


Curtis Pond Dam Scenarios: Various funding scenarios for the repair or removal of the Curtis Pond Dam


Curtis Pond Shore-Line Properties: Analysis of the properties on the shore-line of Curtis Pond using data on the Calais Grand List web page.


Analysis of Property Taxes for Shore-Line Properties: Analysis of property taxes for the past 30 years using historical property tax rates and the future 20 years using the Net Present Value (NPV) formula.


Curtis Pond Walking-Distance Properties: Analysis of the properties within walking distance of Curtis Pond using the data on the Calais Grand List web page.