About Us > Spruce Creek Watershed-bsaed Management Plan In the Works
The Towns of Kittery and Eliot are working together with volunteers and board members to develop a watershed-based management plan for Spruce Creek. The Spruce Creek Watershed-based Management Plan will serve as a blueprint for restoring and protecting the estuary which serves as a drainage basin for more than 50% of the Town of Kittery and a small portion of Eliot.
With crucial input from stakeholders, the Management Plan will identify the most pressing problems in the estuary and establish goals, objectives, and actions for resolving them. The Management Plan will also contain strategies for monitoring progress and financing implementation. The plan will be a living document that will be reexamined and revised on a regular basis to ensure that the goals, objectives, and specific actions continue to address the most pressing problems.
The Kittery Town Council has generously committed to funding this effort and has contracted with Forrest Bell of FB Environmental in Portland to help guide the Towns through this process.
Because the Spruce Creek Watershed has been given a "TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) designation" by the State of Maine based on high(?) bacterial counts in the clam flats, the Watershed-Based Management Plan will have to include some modeling on pollutant and bacterial load amounts and to give estimates for their planned reductions.
with Maine Department of Environmental Protection and EPA guidelines,
the Watershed-Based Plan will need to be designed to achieve pollutant
load reductions and address EPA's nine minimum elements for watershed
At a Community
Forum held in November of 2006, a group of 30 attendees worked together
towards defining problems, goals and priorities for protecting and restoring
the watershed. The FB Environmental team then took the 17 areas of focus
identified by the group, narrowed them down to five main categories, and
walked the Steering Committee through a project-level categorization and
prioritization of these goals at its first meeting held in June 2007.
The group will continue to work to identify issues, goals and projects
in these five main topic areas:
Committee will meet several more times through late fall to draft, refine
and finalize the Spruce Creek Watershed-Based Management Plan. The document
will become a strategic plan of actions needed over a 5- to 15-year timeframe
to achieve the load reductions called for in a TMDL in order to restore
a non-point source pollution (NPS) impaired waterbody, as well as include
the community’s goals and objectives.
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