Long Creek Currents - December 2015

Long Creek Currents - December 2015

Volunteers Help Cleanup Long Creek

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December 2015
Volunteers Help Cleanup Long Creek
                                                
The Long Creek Watershed Management District was pleased to support an AmeriCorps-led stream clean-up in Long Creek on Friday, October 9th. The cleanup was organized by AmeriCorps Environmental Steward Kelley Reardon, who is working with the Maine DEP in their Portland field office. Despite rain and temperatures hovering in the upper 40s, an impressive 11 people turned out.
 
The focus area for this cleanup was Long Creek's Main Stem, several hundred yards north and south of its crossing on Foden Rd. Many large items were removed from areas adjacent to the stream channel, including pressure treated lumber, discarded bicycles, and shopping carts. Approximately one dozen large contractor bags of other debris (mostly plastic) were also collected and removed. Large items in the stream were left in place to minimize habitat disturbance.
 
The Long Creek Watershed Management District would like to thank Ms. Reardon for her efforts in organizing this cleanup. We would also like to thank the City of South Portland's Stormwater Coordinator, Fred Dillon, for transporting the collected debris to South Portland's transfer station. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the cooperation of the landowners along this stream section for their part in facilitating a successful clean-up.
Long Creek Cleanup Volunteers
Long Creek Cleanup Volunteers

Maine Environmental Best Management Practices Manual for Snow and Ice Control Released

While salt is an important tool for providing a high level of service during the winter months, it is critical for restoring the health of Long Creek to ensure that "just enough, and no more" is used. Over the last 2 years, public works professionals and watershed managers have formed a "Maine Salt Group" to develop best management practices (BMPs) for winter maintenance in Maine. The group recently released thefirst edition BMP winter maintenance manual. The goal of the manual is to promote practices that maintain or exceed winter road expectations while reducing chloride impacts to waterbodies.
 
The new BMP manual is available at the Bangor Area Stormwater Working Group website, http://baswg.org/snowice/. This initial version of the manual is primarily geared toward public works departments, but the information is also applicable to private contractors and landowners. The Maine Salt Group is interested in feedback on the current draft of the manual from private landowners and contractors. If you would like to provide feedback, please Damon Yakovleff at CCSWCD.
 
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Post Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 7:35 AM