Projects > Tidal Restriction Removal Demonstration
After a public hearing on October 24, 2005, the Kittery
Town Council voted to conduct a flushing demonstration of Spruce Creek
(see the story in The
Portsmouth Herald). This demonstration consists of removing the
flashboards from the tidal restriction located at US Route 1 and allowing
the water to flow in both directions through the open dam in order to
improve water quality and restore a more productive and healthy habitat.
After a period of one year the tidal restriction working group will reconvene
to assess the changes observed and to make a recommendation to the Town
Council on future operation of the tidal gates.
- With the
cooperation of our volunteers, the Wells National Estuarine Research
Reserve, and the Kittery Trading Post Outdoor Academy, we look forward
to a summer full of monitoring projects on the creek. Please contact
us if you'd like to get involved - and get out on the creek for
- The second
update meeting was held Wednesday, May 3rd
at 9:00am in the Kittery Town Hall (check
out the write-up from the Portsmouth
Herald). Please feel free to review the comments,
questions & answers. - and many thanks to all those who were
able to attend. Next meeting in August!
- The first
update meeting was held Wednesday, February
8th. Please feel free to review the presentation
and the comments, questions
& answers. And be sure to check out observations
noted by one of our member volunteers who lives in these upper reaches
of the creek.
out the great before
& after pictures taken by one of our member volunteers.
be sure to take a look at our Creek Watch
page for observations and sightings.
- The dive
team came on Sunday, November 6th, at mid-day
and successfully removed the bolts and flashboards. Check out the photos!
the Spruce Creek Association has taken the lead in monitoring the creek
during this year-long demonstration, we encourage all residents - particularly
those of you who live on these upper portions of the creek - to participate
in the monitoring and discussions. If you'd like to be included
on the email list for this project to receive updates and observations,
please sign up for
held two of the three quarterly update meetings on February 8th and
May 3. The 3rd update meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday,
August 2nd at 6pm (location TBD) and the final assessment meeting will
be held in late October or early November. For those of you on our update
list, we'll send reminder emails before the meetings. We encourage you
to participate in these meetings to share your thoughts, observations
and even photos, so that we can better understand any effects of the
new tidal regime.
Tidal Restriction Removal Demonstration
The Town Council held public hearing to consider a one-year demonstration
to confirm the expected improvement in water quality and habitat from
increased tidal flow in the upper portions of Spruce Creek. The increased
tidal flow would be achieved by removing the existing flashboards at the
Route One tidal weir. The improvements will be confirmed through water
quality monitoring and abutter interviews.
Please take some time to review
the Tidal Restriction Demonstration Proposal which includes a description
of the proposed project and its goals, monitoring methods and costs. The
more complete packet
(Caution: large file) includes letters of support and background
information (as available at the above links, as well).