ORLAND and BUCKSPORT — Small changes on your property can make a big difference in the health of local lakes. This spring, year-round and seasonal residents throughout the Alamoosook Lake watershed are invited to apply for matching grants for residential or private road projects that will help keep soil and nutrients from eroding into the lake, and prevent algae blooms.
Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District can provide up to $750 in matching funds to fix erosion problems on driveways, lawns, wooded slopes and shorefronts. Grant funding can also cover 60% of the cost of approved private road repairs.
Last season, the District worked with a local property owner to tackle a steep driveway that regularly washed out after heavy rains and required costly annual repairs. The problem section was rerouted to form a longer switchback turn, and a stone-lined swale now directs excess stormwater into the forest, to be absorbed and filtered before reaching the lake. The abandoned section of driveway was restored with erosion-control mulch to absorb runoff and create new soil for forest plants.
“This project not only improved the driveway and lowered annual maintenance costs, but will also result in less phosphorus-rich sediment washing into the lake. This family is doing their part to protect Alamoosook Lake’s water quality,” said Zack Steele, Executive Director of HCSWCD.
Qualifying projects include but aren’t limited to:
- Fixing driveway and private road drainage problems
- Shoreline landscaping with native plants
- Shorefront stabilization projects
- Managing roof runoff
Residents do not need to be lakefront property owners to apply; those whose property drains to Dead River, Meadow Brook, Gulch Brook, or Moosehorn Stream may also qualify. Funding will only be available through fall, 2018, so call now.
Grant funding, in part, is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, and administered by the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection in partnership with EPA.