PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials with the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District have another busy year ahead of them, with a number of projects and events planned.
Among them are a water quality improvement project on the Upper Prestile Stream and an effort to find more vendors to participate in a public market in downtown Presque Isle.
“In the fall of 2014, the [district] was awarded an EPA 319 grant for $61,940, through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, to install a series of best management practices within the … sub-watershed,” said Kassy Michaud, executive director of the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District.
“This grant allows the [district] to provide cost-share agreements for the local landowners and towns within this sub-watershed to fix the nonpoint source pollution sites that were documented in [a 2013 survey of the Upper Prestile Stream],” said Kathryn Watson of the conservation district. The first phase of the Upper Prestile Stream restoration project started earlier this year, she said.
The agency also is seeking participants for the Riverside Public Market in Presque Isle.
“The [soil and water conservation district] began collaborating with the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee in 2014 to begin a new market that provides our community with fresh, local foods and Maine-made products,” Michaud said.
While vendors who participated last year are returning, organizers are “seeking more local farmers and Maine artisans to join the team and help the market grow,” she said.
The market will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Riverside Park in Presque Isle.
“The large military tents are temporary until the [downtown revitalization committee] seeks enough funding to have the permanent building constructed,” Michaud said. Interested vendors can contact Michaud for an application or more information.
Also, each year the district honors a local farmer or forest landowner for his or her outstanding efforts in conservation. Nominations are being sought and may be submitted to Michaud.
Michaud can be reached by calling 764-4153, ext. 130, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.