Lake Watershed-based Plan & Watershed Survey
As part of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District’s continuing
work to help protect area lakes, we wrote and received a grant from the Maine
Department of Environmental Protection to conduct an erosion survey of the
entire Alamoosook Lake watershed, which encompasses approximately 21 square
miles in the towns of Bucksport, Orland, and Penobscot.
One of the key components of this grant was to document all
issues in the Alamoosook Lake Watershed.
a major source of phosphorus, which can cause excessive plant growth, algal
blooms, and murky water. Phosphorus
and other pollutants reach the lake through stormwater runoff from anywhere in
the watershed. The survey involved walking properties in the watershed to
identify how water drains into the lake through ditches, small streams, or
This survey took place from the Spring of 2014 through the Fall of 2014.
During the Watershed Survey 103 total erosion sites were identified- 62 were
private road issues and 41 were residential issues.
The information gathered was used to put together a Watershed Survey Report
which summarizes what was found during the surveying.
Click here for a copy of the Alamoosook Lake
Watershed Survey Report.
This grant also includes drafting a Watershed-based Plan for the watershed
a plan to protect for water quality of Alamoosook Lake
over the next ten years (2015 to 2025).
Click here for a copy of the Alamoosook Lake Watershed-based Protection Plan.
The Alamoosook Lake Watershed Survey and Watershed-based Protection Plan were
used to pursue a nonpoint source pollution grant with the Maine Department of
Environmental Protection. The grant money will be used to fix the erosion
problems identified during the watershed survey.
Please call the District office for more information at 667-8663.
for this project, in part, was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency under Section
319 of the Clean Water Act. The funding is
administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in
partnership with EPA. EPA does not endorse any commercial products or