Forum in Ellsworth to discuss Card Brook water quality issues

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 5:16 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local officials will hold a workshop Wednesday, Jan. 25, as the city prepares to develop plans to address water quality concerns in Card Brook, a stream that flows through the heart of Ellsworth’s commercial district.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium and will feature members of the City Council and the planning board as well as representatives of the Maine Department of the Environment. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with an overview of the water quality issues in Card Brook.

A tributary to the Union River, Card Brook flows from wetlands before passing underneath the heavily developed commercial strip on Route 1/High Street and eventually emptying into the Union River estuary near the marina.

The Maine DEP says Card Brook does not meet federal water quality standards for bacteria, dissolved oxygen and aquatic life. The primary source of the pollution is storm water from parking lots and roads as well as from storm drains that empty directly into the brook.

Michele Gagnon, Ellsworth city planner, said the city is working with the DEP to develop the required watershed management plan to address the issues before conditions in the brook further deteriorate.

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