SCWIP Phase 1: Residential Team

Residential Conservation Practices Project Team Deliverables

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The Residential Practices Team will develop a suite of programs to reduce pollution from residential properties and homeowner practices. Residential practices that contribute to poor water quality in Spruce Creek include such things as the use of certain lawn maintenance products, pet waste, and the reduction of the vegetative buffer.

This team’s responsibilities will include both outreach and education components (in coordination with the community Outreach Team) as well as actual on-the-ground implementation of best management practices.

Grant Funding $12,220
Match $10,300
Total Cost $22,520

Grant funding includes approximately 100 hours for the grant manager and 80 hours for a technical advisor from YCSWCD. There is also budget for travel expenses and $400 for supplies. The funding will also cover $1,000 for the design of printed materials and $4,000 in construction costs, to be provided by YCSWCD. Match funds will include volunteers, participants and Town assistance for the tasks, some travel expenses, and $1400 in supplies. Additional in-kind match includes $400 in donated design and print services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing existing surveys (Spruce Creek 319 Survey & Habitat Restoration Inventory) to identify 10 priority residential sites that are contributing to the impaired water quality in Spruce Creek
  • Establishing a matching grants program to encourage installation of conservation practices at the identified sites utilizing infiltration trenches, dry wells, runoff diverters and vegetated buffers using matches of cash, material or labor. Preference for matching grants will be based on priority ranking, landowner interest, and overall site need.
  • Providing tangible examples for landowners of practical methods to remedy common conservation problems in the watershed that threaten to negatively impact water resources, thereby increasing landowner stewardship.
  • Marketing programs to the 10 priority sites identified as part of the 2005 watershed survey.
  • Working with local students and volunteers in fieldwork through watershed service learning projects that will be showcased in local papers.
  • Obtaining Letters of Agreement outlining long-term maintenance and construction cost sharing of the BMPs from all property owners before construction commences. Example letters will be provided by Maine DEP.
  • Obtaining, if necessary, environmental permits before construction.
  • Ensuring NPS Program grant funds are not used to undertake, complete or maintain erosion or storm water control work otherwise required by existing permits or orders.
  • Working with Grant Manager to produce NPS Site Report for each NPS site.

The Stream Crossings Erosion Control and Culvert Replacement Team‘s activities are now incorporated (for the most part…) into the Residential Team.

Residential Team Activity Dates & Commitments

Task Estimated Date(s)
First Steering Team & Project Launch Meeting June 23, 2008
Residential Practices Team Launch Meeting July 23, 2008
Review accepted land-use conservation practices July 2008
Working with appropriate individuals and data, identify 10 residential sites at which to encourage installation of conservation practices and establish matching grants program July – September 2008
Develop program cost-share structure Fall 2008
Develop program flyer and arrange for printing October – November 2008
Develop yard signage and arrange for printing October – November 2008
Develop Letter of Agreement with the 10 previously identified homeowners January – February 2009
Identify partners (landscapers, nurseries, etc.) and volunteers Spring 2009
Review design solutions Spring 2009
Arrange for and oversee installation of BMPs Summer 2009
Coordinate with Community Outreach Team to draft project press releases and arrange for project tour Summer 2009
Coordinate with Community Outreach Team to organize & conduct site tour October 2009


Residential Team Members, Project Partners, & Advisors

The following are team leaders and members, as well as any technical advisors for this team.

Team Members Organization/Affiliation
Dick Loehr SCA
Elaine Manning Resident
Lisa Comeau  
Lorna Perry SCA
Mara Lamstein SCA
Marty Rea SCA
Maura Kahn Resident
Ron Ledgett SCA
Steve Hall SCA, Kittery Conservation Commission
Kalle Matso (Advisor) SCA
Martha Petersen (Advisor) SCA
Technical Advisor Organization/Affiliation
Cayce Dalton / Forrest Bell York County Soil & Water Conservation District
Don Kale Maine DEP
Project Partners           Organization/Affiliation
  Conservation Commission, Town of Kittery
  Conservation Commission, Town of Eliot
  Maine Board of Pesticide Control
  Maine Forest Service