With the Spruce Creek Watershed Improvement Project, the Town of Kittery, the Spruce Creek Association and our many partners and volunteers work together to address polluted runoff problems to reduce bacteria loading and the export of sediment and nutrients into Spruce Creek to improve water quality and help re-open shellfish harvest areas. The secondary purpose is to continue to raise community awareness in this watershed, with the long-term goal of improving and protecting the water quality of Spruce Creek and the Piscataqua River Estuary.
In August 2017, the Town of Kittery was awarded an unprecedented fifth phase of grant funding through the EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant program for the Spruce Creek Watershed Restoration Project. Phase V will be guided by the existing project steering committee with members representing the Town of Kittery, Town of Eliot, Spruce Creek Association, local business owners, Maine DEP, and Maine DMR. The work plan will include agricultural buffer enhancements and outreach, pet waste BMP and outreach, and water quality monitoring in Spruce Creek. The grant includes $38,200 federal funding and a non-Federal match of $27,846 for a total of $66,046 planned for this phase.
Learn more about the the management plan and previous project phases:
- Spruce Creek Watershed-Based Management Plan
- SCWIP Phase 1
- SCWIP Phase 2
- SCWIP Phase 3
- SCWIP Phase 4
The Spruce Creek Watershed Improvement Project is funded by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection through the 319 Grant Program.