Projects > Spruce Creek End of Pipe Sampling
Very little data is available for Spruce Creek to help determine
“hotspots” for bacterial contamination. Recent work under
the Spruce Creek Improvement Project has revealed several stormwater outfalls
that are likely contributing high bacteria levels to the Creek. Although
FB Environmental will be conducting a fluorometry study (to look for optical
brighteners in Spruce Creek) in the late spring of 2009 in partnership
with the Spruce Creek Association, Town of Kittery and Jackson Estuarine
Lab, this project had a maximum funding level of $8,000. A pre-study of
water quality at the outfalls would greatly improve our chances of properly
targeting select areas of the watershed as “hotspots” and
helping to identify areas to focus future implementation efforts. We also
need to establish better baseline water quality data so that we can show
improvement over time with all of the work being done in this community.
FB Environmental will conduct a preliminary sampling analysis
at 5 high priority stormwater outfalls in Kittery.
Project & Methodology (necessary to ensure valid data).
2. Sample sites six times (preferably 3 dry weather and 3 wet weather
events*) over a 2 month period (preferably April – May, 2009). Sample
for E coli bacteria for all 6 samples; sample metals and nutrients 2 times
(one wet, one dry - preferably). Take a simple flow measurement at each
3. Train a small group of interested local volunteers (Spruce Creek Association)
to take samples (bacteria only) so that this project can be repeated in
future years. This will occur at one of the final sampling events.
4. Analyze and summarize data and report to Town and partners.
$7,500 which includes approximately $2,300 of lab fees and related costs.
* A wet weather
event is defined as .1” of precip in previous 24 hrs; .25”
in previous 48 hours; 2” in previous 96 hours. A “dry”
event would be any sampling taken not within those precipitation guidelines.
These numbers are taken directly from the Maine statewide bacteria TMDL
document which we developed with EPA and Maine DEP. The specific info
relating to each storm event will be recorded (rainfall, flow). If we
have a “dry” sample event with high bacteria then that location
would be a top priority for finding and addressing the problem.
locations were strategically selected to help identify potential contamination
sources of bacteria, nutrients and metals from stormwater runoff throughout
the more heavily developed areas of the watershed. Sites HC1 and CB1
may be located at the heads of tide for their respective drainage
areas, but it was difficult to make this determination due to tidal
conditions during the sample collection period.
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12, 2009 End of Pipe Sampling Summary Report (PDF 914Kb)
29, 2009 End of Pipe Sampling Results (PDF 802Kb)