Erosion and the Environment

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 10:18 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 12 p.m. to 12 p.m.


For more information: Toni Goodridge; 207-236-2239;

Drainage and erosion specialist Bill Packard will lead a talk on erosion control and prevention at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, August 21 at 12:00 noon.

It may surprise some to learn that dirt is the number one pollutant in Maine’s waterways. Carried into rivers and streams by runoff from roads and lawns, excess dirt and other pollutants are harmful for watershed ecosystems. Packard will speak about the importance of controlling runoff, outline some low-impact erosion control and prevention methods, and describe upcoming regulations regarding erosion control in Maine.

Based in Union, Maine, Packard is the owner and operator of Down to Earth, a small site work company focused on solving customer issues, with a focus on drainage and runoff. He is certified by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as both a “lake smart” contractor and an erosion control contractor.

This presentation is part of the Summer Talk Series, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real Estate.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a nominal $5 fee for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Rt. 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239