“to protect and enhance Maine's soil and water resources by providing educational programs, conservation information and technical assistance to municipalities, schools, landowners and residents of Kennebec County."
Tacoma Lakes 319 Project
Summary: 2008 marks the second year of the Tacoma Lakes Non-Point Source Pollution Abatement Project. The Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has funding to assist landowners in the Tacoma Lakes watershed with water quality improvement construction projects. The purpose of this project is to improve water quality by reducing non-point source pollution. Shoreline erosion, controlling storm water as well as failing culverts and lack of stabilizing vegetation are some examples of fixable problems that can be addressed with this project.
The Cobbosse Watershed District (CWD) will assist and provide guidance throughout the project and the Friends of The Cobbossee Watershed will also be participating with their LakeSmart-Start! program and best management practice work by the Youth Conservation Corps.
The Kennebec SWCD will provide funding and technical assistance to landowners whose property is having a negative impact on water quality in the Tacoma Lakes watershed. Funding for construction projects will be available through 2008 and will be completed on a first come first served basis so contact the District if you think you might be interested in taking advantage of project funding. If you live in the Tacoma Lakes watershed and would like to find out more or call the Kennebec SWCD at 622-7847 x 3 so one of our technical staff can visit and assist you.
Funding for this project was provided, in part, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Section 319 grants are administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in partnership with EPA. This non-point source abatement project is managed by Josh Platt of the Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District (KCSWCD).
In general, Kennebec SWCD will offer a $2,000 max grant contribution per site (at least 20 installed during project). The District field staff, based on feasibility and priority, will select sites. The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed will also provide support for 10 youth corps sites.
KCSWCD staff will respond to landowner inquiries and assess whether the site is a priority. Field staff will also define size of the site and number of sites. Sites selected for cost-share must be completed and submitted for reimbursement within three months of landowner signing the cost-share agreement. No new cost shares will be processed after October, 2008. The following are examples of site work:
o Culvert replacement or Culvert inlet/outlet armoring
o Construction/stabilization of up to 500 linear feet of ditch or road
o Stabilizing/vegetating exposed soil
o Shoreline stabilization (armoring)
o Installing a vegetative buffers
o Dry well, French drain, water bar, etc
Landowners or groups that my be interested in being part of a project or learning more about the cost share process should contact the Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District.
21 Enterprise Drive; Suite #1
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone #: 207-622-7847 x 3
Project Duration: Spring 2007 to Winter of 2009
Funding Source: Clean Water Act Section 319 (administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection)
Partners and other local sources of information for the Tacoma Lakes Watershed:
ü Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed
ü Cobbossee Watershed District
ü Town of Litchfield
ü plus all the landowners and road associations working to improve water quality in the watershed