A group of Camden residents held its first meeting on July 21 to gather information on how best to preserve Montgomery Dam and the waterfall at the head of Camden Harbor. The Save the Dam Falls Committee said in a news release that members are concerned that Camden town officials have failed to maintain the dam and have not expressed concern or respect for the value the waterfall continues to offer Camden.

The committee wrote that the existence of the dam and large portions of Harbor Park are threatened by town officials, who they said want to tear them down. The group wrote that it believes town officials have failed to offer the people of Camden any public hearing or a range of options regarding the future of the dam.

The group said its goal is to preserve the legacy and beauty at the head of Camden Harbor by offering the people of Camden a choice to preserve both the Montgomery Dam and the Olmsted design of Harbor Park.

Some of the participants in the Save the Dam Falls Committee are downtown merchants, while others range from lifelong residents of Camden to relatively recent arrivals.

Tom Rothwell, who has been at the Camden Deli overlooking the dam, its impoundment and falls for 30 years, said in the release that “Camden should be protecting the dam, not destroying it. It’s our responsibility to protect the legacy of the dam and the park.”

For more information and a meeting schedule, email savethedamfalls@gmail.com.