The Town of Kittery was awarded an unprecedented fourth phase of grant funding through the EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant program for the Spruce Creek Watershed Restoration Project, an initiative to identify and clean up nonpoint sources of pollution. Bacteria are the primary source of impairment to Spruce Creek as identified by federal, state, and local assessments, and pose the greatest threat to human and ecological health. The Spruce Creek Watershed Restoration Project, Phase IV was 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.
Project start date: June 2015
Project completion date: September 2017
Estimated Total Cost, Federal & Non-Federal Sources
Federal Grant (319): $59,050
Non-Federal Match: $65,000
- Continue water quality monitoring (Town-funded)
- Develop a “Green Streets” program (BMPs on roadways and parking lots)
- Residential pledge program follow-up
- Technical assistance on 2 residential properties
- Bacteria detection and elimination
- Continue septic database investigation in targeted neighborhoods
- Pollutants controlled: Reductions of sediment (tons/year), nitrogen (lbs/yr) and phosphorus (lbs/year) will be estimated for NPS sites treated with BMPs. Estimated tons of sediment kept out of Spruce Creek by addressing high and medium impact sites.
- Water Quality Improvement: Improvement in river water quality is a long-term measure of environmental results of NPS abatement in the watershed. The final project report will include a summary of the current status of water quality as reported by the quality-assured efforts of the volunteer Spruce Creek Association. The summary will describe progress reopening the shellfish harvest area.
Interagency Coordination, Roles & Responsibilities
Grantee: The Town of Kittery
- The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will administer project funding, serve as the project advisor, participate on the steering committee and assist with local education/outreach efforts.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency will provide project funding and guidance.
- The Town of Kittery will serve as the project sponsor and be responsible for the coordination and implementation of all project activities.
- The Spruce Creek Association will provide in-kind match and serve on the steering committee, update and expand the current list of watershed residents, recruit volunteer assistance for NPS mitigation sites, coordinate the community participation, and assist in designing the outreach materials
- The Maine Department of Marine Resources will contribute water quality monitoring and shoreline survey data and will assist with managing and reopening clam flats.
- The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will participate on the project steering committee and provide input on project tasks.
- The York County Soil and Water Conservation District will provide project support, paid technical assistance, engineering assistance, serve on the steering committee and will assist with all project tasks.
- Representatives from the Town of Eliot will serve on the steering committee and provide project updates to Town’s Select Board, Planning Board and Conservation Commission.
- The University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center will provide technical assistance on effective stormwater BMPs for treatment and removal of bacteria, heavy metals, and nutrients.
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