Long Creek Watershed Management District Spring Update
Long Creek Watershed Management District Spring 2011 Update
|In this issue|
|Winter Maintenance Round Table: (7/28)|
|Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping|
Based on the data collected during 2010 as well as feedback received from DEP and other stakeholders, we have been busy developing the best approach to meet the requirements of the Long Creek Management Plan going forward. The following summarize the work we have been doing since the beginning of the year.
This year LCWMD is focusing on winter maintenance and its effects on water quality. To kick off this initiative, we are hosting the Winter Maintenance Round Table on July 28th from 2-4 pm at the Sable Oaks Marriott. We are looking forward to meeting with property owners, operators, managers, and their winter maintenance contractors to develop tracking mechanisms, pilot-scale programs, and best management practices to minimize the effects of deicers on water quality in Long Creek. Invitations will be sent out in early July. Please RSVP by July 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Cleanup: Street Sweeping
Over the past two months, we have completed the spring cleanup vacuum sweeping on all of the parcels. We collected 217.98 tons of material during the spring sweep, and over the next two weeks we expect to complete the corner-to-corner sweepings (74.27 tons of material collected to date), and we will conduct additional "hotspot" sweeping in July for those parcels that have it identified in their Operation & Maintenance Plans.
Catch Basin Cleaning
Catch basins were cleaned during fall 2010 and 26.93 tons of material was removed. The 2011 summer catch basin cleaning will be occurring beginning during the week of July 4.
Late in 2010 DEP provided comments on the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), which provides the data collection and quality requirements for the Long Creek project. The QAPP and Monitoring Plan were both revised to address DEP's comments as well as incorporate some of the lessons learned from the 2010 sampling season. Both documents received provisional approval in March and implementation began with the spring sampling on March 24. DEP approved the revised QAPP and Monitoring Plan in April.
Spring Monitoring Program
The spring monitoring program began on March 24 and included 4 weekly runoff sampling events and monthly sampling in May and June. Samples were collected for targeted analytes depending on their locations and likelihood of containing specific compounds. To date all data through May has been received from the laboratory and is in the process of being compiled into an electronic database. The data will be analyzed at the end of the monitoring season to determine if further revisions to the monitoring plan are necessary.
Monitoring Contractor Selection
The surface water monitoring program was put out to bid in February and a contractor was selected and the contract was approved by the LCWMD Board in May. URS Corporation will begin surface water monitoring, weather data collection and data management activities on July 1. LCWMD appreciates all FB Environmental's hard work on getting the monitoring program off to a successful start in 2010 and providing a good basis for ongoing monitoring.
Academic Research Partners Update
The University of Southern Maine is currently conducting two research projects in the watershed: Dr. Lucille Benedict is evaluating the chemical components of street dust and its effect on stream sediments. Dr. Karen Wilson is using automated samplers at two locations to evaluate water quality over time.
For more information about any of these topics,visit the Long Creek Restoration Project Website.