Click here to download a copy of the
Beech Hill Pond Watershed Survey Report
(or call the District office to have a copy mailed to you)
The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation
District received the Beech Hill Pond
Watershed Survey 319 Grant from the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection. The main purpose of this grant was to document all soil erosion
issues in the Beech Hill Pond Watershed which encompasses approximately 9 miles
and a good portion of the town of Otis.
erosion is a major source of phosphorus, which can cause excessive plant growth,
blooms, and murky water. Phosphorus
and other pollutants reach the lake through storm water runoff from anywhere in
the watershed. This survey involves walking properties in the watershed to
identify how water drains into the lake through ditches, small streams, or
surface runoff. Our goal is to document trouble
spots and then work to find reasonable solutions to reduce the amount of soil
erosion and phosphorus draining into the lake. Any information that we
collect is strictly used to analyze the pollution sources to Beech Hill Pond and
none of the information gathered will be used for enforcement purposes.
Funding for this project, in
part, was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section
604(b) of the Clean Water Act. The funding is administered by the Maine
Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with EPA.
All programs and services of the Hancock County Soil & Water
Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory bases without regard to
race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political
beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Persons
who require alternative means of communication of program information should
contact USDA’s Target Center at (207) 720-2600. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write to USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W
Whitten Bldg. 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or
call (292) 720-5964.