North Pond Watershed Protection Project in Norway, Maine
The North Pond Watershed Protection Project, Phase I began in the late fall of 2017. Over the next two years the District and it’s project partners worked very hard to accomplish the goals of their grant driven project. We are pleased to announce that the project, which ends in December of 2019, has met or exceeded almost every goal. A huge amount of credit goes to the Lake Association of Norway (LAON) and it’s president Sal Girifalco, who contributed enormous amounts of time and energy into getting the work coordinated and completed.
The project, which was funded in part by a grant from the USEPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, provided cost-share funding to address many of the highest non-point source pollution problem sites identified in the North Pond Watershed Survey done in 2016. Non-point source pollution is primarily soil sediment washed into the lake by stormwater runoff and erosion. Phosphorous attached to soil particles feeds algae growth which can lead to algae blooms and water quality decline.
Besides LAON, other partners included the Androscoggin River Watershed Council and the Town of Norway. Norway Savings Bank and the Town of Norway also contributed cash match toward addressing NPS sites. LAON provided over 200 hours of in-kind volunteer and material contributions including Erosion Control Mulch and rubber Razors to divert runoff from driveways into stable vegetation instead of flowing to the pond.
In all, 13 larger NPS sites were addressed. These included improvements to Crockett Ridge Road’s eroding shoulders, and stabilized ditches and culverts on gravel camp roads like Jackson Lane. Over 22 free Technical Assistance visits were provided to help property owners learn about “Best Management Practices (BMPs)” they can implement to address erosion issues on their properties. 13 Residential Matching Grants, up to $350, were given to property owners who applied recommended BMPs to their properties like roof dripline trenches and vegetative shoreline buffers. This project reduced soil loss by over 35 tons/year. The project also included presenting workshops on Gravel Road Maintenance and Shoreline Buffer Planting. Another goal of the project was to plant 50 feet of buffer along North Pond’s shoreline. By late September over 73.5 feet had been planted.
Hogan/Whitney Ponds Watershed Protection Project in Oxford, Maine
The Hogan/Whitney Pond Watershed Protection Project in Oxford began its first season of activity this summer (2019). Working off of data collected during the 2017 Watershed Survey that documented 95 non-point source problem areas in the watershed, the District worked closely with Hogan/Whitney Pond Association partner Bruce Wilson, Amanda Pratt of Maine DEP, and Jeff Stern of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council to get the first few sites addressed and lay the groundwork for additional sites. To date the project has completed work on 3 residential properties, and one of several sites needing attention at the Two Lakes Campground. In addition the Town of Oxford’s Road Dept has started work on numerous erosion sites on Rabbit valley Road that directly impact the lake as the road ditches drain towards several tributaries of Hogan Pond.
As work moves forward into next year several public educational programs are planned.
A “Gravel Road Maintenance and BMP Workshop” will be held on Hogan Lane next summer, and a “Shoreline Buffer Workshop” in another location will be held in the late spring. The District will
also be holding a “Protecting Our Watershed” poster contest with students from Oxford Elementary School. The winner will have their poster made into a sign that will be displayed in the watershed.
The project is funded in part by a USEPA grant from Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act which is administered by the Maine DEP, and locally managed by the Oxford County SWCD. This project is also funded with generous donations from Norway Savings Bank and the NE Grassroots Environmental Fund, which will be used to create a “Plant Bank” to provide free planting materials to create or enhance shoreline buffer vegetation on residential properties.
Oxford County SWCD leads numerous watershed conservation projects throughout Oxford County. We also provide technical assistance on projects led by other SWCD’s and natural resource agencies. Some of these are grant funded projects and include: Lake or stream watershed surveys, fish barrier/culvert assessments, conservation education projects, erosion control “Best Management Practice (BMP)” implementation, and many others. We work with local property owners, municipalities, and concerned citizen groups to bring solutions to local conservation problems.
Some of our recent projects include:
Nezinscot River Watershed Fish Barrier/Culvert Survey
Bear Pond Watershed Survey in Waterford, ME (2013)
Crooked River 319 Implementation Project in Otisfield and Norway, Maine
Moose Pond 319 Implementation Project in Denmark and Bridgton, ME
Little Androscoggin River Watershed Fish Barrier/Culvert Survey
Martin Stream Watershed Fish Barrier/Culvert Survey
Details and reports about the above projects can be obtained by contacting Oxford County SWCD Project Manager, Michele Windsor at (207)744-3111