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Phillips Lake Watershed Protection Project Phase I

The purpose of the Phillips Lake Watershed Protection Project- Phase I was to significantly reduce erosion and the export of sediment and phosphorus in the Phillips Lake watershed.  This was accomplished by implementing a variety of best management practices at 34 road sites and 15 residential sites, and developing a long-range Education and Outreach Plan to guide protection efforts.

  This project addressed 34 road sites and 15 residential sites in the Phillips Lake watershed to reduce erosion and help protect water quality.  Some of the best management practices (BMPs) installed included vegetative buffers, new culverts, ditching, open-top culverts, and turnouts.

  An estimated reduction of over 136 tons of sediment, over 115 pounds of phosphorus, and over 231 pounds of nitrogen kept out of the lake each year.  Also over 75 of streambank/shoreline was protected.

  Creation of an Education and Outreach Plan to guide watershed outreach activities for the next 10 years.Click here to download the Phillips Lake Education and Outreach Plan

  A Before Knowledge Survey to gauge awareness of NPS pollution, outreach on shoreland zoning regulations, the impact of development on water quality, increasing Lake Association membership, and an After Knowledge Survey to gauge the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

  Education and outreach to residential properties in the watershed including the creation of a Phillips Lake Association Newsletter, providing shoreland zoning information in the town calendar, 2 mailings to all watershed residents (725 residents), and technical assistance to over 39 individuals.




Beech Hill Pond Watershed Protection Project- Phase I & II

From the spring of 2012 through the Fall of 2014, the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District administred the Beech Hill Pond Watershed Improvement Project- Phase I and Phase II "319" grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to help reduce nonpoint source pollution issues in the Beech Hill Pond watershed.  This project addressed 47 road sites and 29 residential sites using best management practices including vegetative buffers, installing new culverts, ditching, open-top culverts, and turnouts. Other highlights of this project included:

       Creation of an Education and Outreach Plan to guide watershed outreach activities for the next 10 years.  Click here to download a copy of the Beech Hill Pond Education and Outreach Plan

       Before Knowledge Survey to gauge awareness of NPS pollution, soil erosion, and septic systems (an after survey will be conducted at the conlcusion of the Phase II grant).

       Education and outreach to residential properties in the watershed including the creation of a Beech Hill Pond Lake Association Newsletter, a Forming Road Associations Workshop, starting a Septic Pumping Discount Program for watershed residents, and technical assistance to over 35 residential properties.


 Toddy Pond Watershed Survey

 The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District administered this grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in 2013.  The main purpose was to document all soil erosion issues in the Toddy Pond Watershed which encompasses approximately 17 sq. miles in the towns of Orland, Surry, Blue Hill, and Penobscot.  147 total erosion sites were documented- 35 were road issues and 112 were residential issues.  The information gathered during the survey was used to write another grant for funds to help fix identified issues (see the Toddy Pond Watershed Restoration Project for more information).

Click here to download a copy of the Toddy Pond Watershed Survey Report

During this process, we also created the Toddy Pond Watershed-based Plan which lays out a strategy and schedule for nonpoint source mitigation and water quality protection efforts for the Toddy Pond watershed over the next ten years (2013-2023):  Toddy Pond Watershed Based Plan


 Branch Lake Watershed Improvement Project- Phase II

 From the Spring of 2010 through the Spring of 2012, The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District administered a 319 grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to help reduce nonpoint source pollution issues in the Branch Lake watershed.

The goal of this grant was to help to fix erosion problems on roadways and at residences in the northwestern section of the watershed which will reduce NPS pollution by decreasing the amount of sediment and phosphorus entering the lake. 

We completed 12 road sites and 14 residential sites.  Click here to view the Final Report:

Branch Lake Phase II FinalProjectReport



Green Lake Watershed Improvement Project

In the fall of 2011, the District completed the Green Lake Watershed Improvement Project (319 Grant) which started in the spring of 2009.  Outcomes of this grant included:

  • 20 road sites and 8 residential sites were fixed in the western half of the watershed to reduce erosion and help protect water quality. Some of the best management practices (BMPs) installed included vegetative buffers, new culverts, ditching, open-top culverts, and turnouts.

  • An estimated reduction of over 325 tons of sediment, over 276 pounds of phosphorus, and over 552 pounds of nitrogen from entering Green Lake per year. Plus an estimated 432 feet of shoreline was protected or restored around the lake.

  • Development of a long-range plan for education/outreach needs in the Green Lake Watershed which guided the implementation of 5 public outreach activities including a mailing to increase GLA membership, a Lake Day Event with a BBQ and MLCI boat cruise, conducting a survey of knowledge levels and putting together the Green Lake Outreach Plan, working towards increasing awareness of the LakeSmart program, and Buffer Boat Cruises for Ellsworth and Dedham/Lucerne City officials and Planning Board members.

Click here to view the 2010 Green Lake Outreach Plan: Green Lake Outreach Plan

    Click here to view the Final Project Report: Final Project Report

Thank you to all the road commissioners, volunteers, and residents who helped to make this project a success!


 Beech Hill Pond Watershed Survey

The Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District administered the Beech Hill Pond Watershed Survey 319 Grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in 2010.  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.  167 total erosion sites were documented- 52 were private road issues and 115 were residential issues.

Click here to download a copy of the Beech Hill Pond Watershed Survey Report


Branch Lake Watershed Improvement Project- Phase I

In the fall of 2008, the District completed the Branch Lake Watershed Improvement Project (319 Grant) which started in the spring of 2007.  Outcomes of this grant included:

 26 road sites and 7 residential sites were fixed in the northeastern section of the watershed to reduce erosion and help protect water quality.  Some of the best management practices (BMPs) installed included vegetative buffers, new culverts, ditching, open-top culverts, and turnouts)

 An estimated reduction of over 180 tons of sediment, over 159 pounds of phosphorus, and over 318 pounds of nitrogen from entering Branch Lake per year

 Development of a long-range plan for education/outreach needs in the Branch Lake Watershed which guided the implementation of 8 public outreach activities including Gravel Road Maintenance workshops, a Low-Impact Development workshop, and Buffer Boat Cruises for the City of Ellsworth staff and City Council

 Update of the watershed survey which identifies remaining erosion issues around the lake

Click here to view the 2008 Branch Pond Watershed Survey report: Branch Watershed Survey Report

Click here to view the Final Project Report: Final Project Report

Thank you to all the road commissioners, volunteers, and residents who helped to make this project a success!  The Branch Lake Watershed Improvement Project 319 Grant was funded in part by Maine DEP through a US EPA Nonpoint Source Grant under section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act.

 

 

 

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