Warm Winter

It seems as though we may finally get a real winter after all, but the warm period over the last two months was very out of character for Maine/New Hampshire. In Manchester this November, temperatures reached up into the 70’s, and on Christmas day it was 64...

Strange Lakes

We all love to think of our lakes as unique, and certainly they are. However, the lakes in the AWWA regions are (thankfully) relatively tame. We get the odd freshwater jellyfiish, invasive species, or algae bloom but, as these examples from around the world...

AWWA in Augusta

Yesterday I took a trip up to Augusta, Maine. It tends to be pretty hard to get me to drive around to different areas of Maine. I drive enough for work, and I have everything I need in Portland (i.e. a grocery store, restaurants, and a Reny’s to buy...

AWWA Hiring for Youth Conservation Corps

The Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) will once again be hiring a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this summer. The YCC installs erosion control practices such as infiltration stairways, detention basins, and rain gardens on properties surrounding local...

Snowed In: How Portland Deals with Snow

Last week, we looked at how Wakefield deals with snow. It’s a pretty uncomplicated process of plow, sand, salt, shovel and snowblowers. In Portland, things are a little bit more difficult. Portland is the urban center of Maine. Located on a peninsula at the mouth of...