An RFP for the maintenance of Long Creek's infrastructure is anticipated to be released the week of October 29th. The RFP will be posted to the Restore Long Creek website
and advertised in the Portland Press Herald. An early November pre-bid site walk will be mandatory.
Hole-in-One for Environmental Stewardship: Sable Oaks Golf Course Receives Audubon Certification for Environmental Planning
Sable Oaks' Staff worked together on October 16th to install native plants along Long Creek at Hole #13
The Sable Oaks Golf Club golf course recently received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. The plan was developed by Matt TenEyck, Golf Course Superintendent. Environmental Planning is the first of four steps a golf course must take to be recognized as a Certified Audubon
Ed Palmer, Marriott General Manager, and Al Hardy, Sable Oaks' Landscaper and catalyst for course improvement
Given the amount of development surrounding Long Creek, Sable Oaks Golf Course represents some of the best available wildlife habitat in the watershed. Preserving that habitat and improving the water quality in Long Creek, made joining the Cooperative Sanctuary Program a win-win for both the watershed and the golf course. As TenEyck explains, "the long-term goal for Sable Oaks is to have the water cleaner when it exits the golf course than when it first came in."
Sable Oaks' Staff worked together on October 16th to install native plants along Long Creek at Hole #13. FB Environmental designed the planting and worked with Sable Oaks on the Audubon certification process. Click here
for an October 17th article that appeared in The Current
Targeted Sweeping Continues This Fall
BMP Maintenance has started the fall sweep of selected lots. This is a targeted sweeping program and does not include all lots in the Long Creek Watershed.
Ron Broadhurst (cell: 400-7008) will be coordinating with you to provide a time frame for your site to get vacuum swept.
Catch Basin Cleaning Update
Given the intensive sweeping program throughout the watershed, Cumberland County SWCD staff have been inspecting catch basins to determine whether they need to be cleaned this year. Half of the inspections are completed and only about 20% of the catch basins were identified as needing cleaning this year. Catch basin cleaning, where identified, will occur in late November.
Site Inspection Update
Annual inspections of Participating Landowner sites are ongoing and will be completed by the end of the year.
Reports were sent to landowners last April and of the issues identified, half have been addressed to date. If you have addressed issues flagged as part of last year's report, please provide an update to Kate McDonald
. Inspections will note any progress.
LCWMD Executive Director CCSWCD Project Scientist
CCSWCD Stormwater Program Manager