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Alamoosook Lake Watershed-based Plan and Watershed Survey 

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Alamoosook 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 soil erosion issues in the Alamoosook Lake Watershed.  Soil erosion, 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 surface runoff. 

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 that will create 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.


Funding 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 services mentioned.




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