Neighbors Fix South Cove and Cozy Cove Roads

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Congratulations to our friends on South Cove and Cozy Cove for fixing their roads! A group of neighbors on Great East Lake came together to not only fund this project, but completed the labor themselves. This is a wonderful example of a community working together to fix a problem. It was also great to check in on some of our previous YCC projects completed on this road. The detention basin was installed last year, and the rain garden and rubber razor were installed by our crew in 2011. It’s admirable to see a group of dedicated neighbors, keep up the great work!

Detention Basin & Rain Garden

Maine Supports Project to Protect Great East and Wilson Lakes

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a Nonpoint Source Pollution Control project grant to the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance for 2015-2016. The “Great East Lake and Wilson Lake Watershed Implementation (Phase 2 Maine)” project will continue the work started in Phase 1 and address serious chronic road issues on Lakeside Drive on Great East Lake, residential properties on both Great East and Wilson lakes and work with both lake associations to further enhance the lake residents’ understanding of the connections between land activities and water quality.

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Erosion on Lakeside Drive after a midsummer storm

The newly formed Lakeside Drive Road Association is eager to work with AWWA and Maine DEP to correct chronic erosion issues along its road and residential properties. The sediment delivery to Great East Lake from Lakeside Drive is estimated to be well over 40 tons per year and the road association is committed to this repair and its long-term maintenance.

Many of the shorefront properties along Lakeside Drive have been impacted by the torrents of stormwater running off the road and the AWWA Youth Conservation Corps will assist those interested in repairing their landscapes to infiltrate the stormwater before it reaches the lake. In addition, the AWWA will continue assisting landowners around the rest of Great East Lake and on Wilson Lake to make their properties more lake-friendly.

Healthy septic systems are an important ingredient in healthy lakes. AWWA will partner with the Great East Lake Improvement Association and the Wilson Lake Association to survey residents within 250’ of the lake about their septic systems. The information will be analyzed to determine where septic outreach and potential cost-share funds for improvements to malfunctioning systems are needed.

If you own property on either Great East or Wilson and would like AWWA’s help with your landscape or have questions about your septic system give us a call at (603) 473-2500 or email

Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the ME Department of Environmental Protection with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

AWWA 2014 Annual Meeting & Project Tour August 15th

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Join AWWA to celebrate the terrific work of our youth crew and road project partners! On Friday, August 15 the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Project Tour. The brief business meeting will be held at the Province Lake Golf Club off of Route 153 (18 Mountain Road) in Parsonsfield, Maine beginning at 9:30 am. Attendees will then carpool to selected YCC and road project sites around Province Lake. The Youth Conservation Corps crew will describe their work and showcase the effective and attractive erosion control practices they installed at residences along the shore. The tour group will also visit the road project site at the Towle Farm/Bonnyman Road intersection where the Province Lake Association partnered with the UNH Stormwater Center and the Town of Wakefield to fix chronic drainage issues that were sending polluted runoff directly to Province Lake.Towle Farm hole IMG_6046

Registration is requested so we can prepare for carpooling. Please contact AWWA at (603) 473-2500 or to register or with questions.


Eagle Road Fix


From left to right, Sam Wilson (AWWA), Dan Orino (Eagle Rd Assn), Scott Mooney (Mooney Excavation).

From left to right, Sam Wilson (AWWA), Dan Orino (Eagle Rd Assn), Scott Mooney (Mooney Excavation).

The Eagle Road Association has achieved its goals of implementing proper roadway Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for their private Road on Wilson Lake in Acton, ME. In the past, Eagle Road has been flat with an undersized drainage system which allowed much of the water coming off of the road to enter the lake. Now, thanks to the Eagle Road Association, Maine DEP, Acorn Engineering, AWWA, and Mooney Excavation the road is crowned with a wide, vegetated swale on the side farthest from the lake. This will allow water to be properly dispersed and infiltrated along the distance of the road versus gathering and overwhelming the drainage system at various points. AWWA was even able to get out to the site during implementation and lend a hand installing Curlex matting, which will prevent the conservation grass seed vegetating the swale from eroding away.

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DEP LogoFunding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the ME Department of Environmental Protection with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Wakefield and Acton Road Projects Survive the Winter!

Between last summer and fall, the Wakefield DPW, Langley Shores Association, Hawk Road Association, Eagle Road Association, and Abbott Road Association installed numerous fixes on their roads to improve the flow of runoff and keep it away from the lakes.

Since the snow has almost disappeared and the weather was gorgeous yesterday, I decided to take a little ride around and see how some of the road fixes fared this winter.

Our journey started on Brackett Road where the Town of Wakefield, Wakefield DPW, UNH Stormwater Center, and AWWA partnered last year to install several fixes to chronic problem spots.  These locations were chosen as part of the Road Management Plan that identified areas of the road that were washing out during rain storms and flushing large volumes of sediment into Lovell Lake.

Right away I realized that there was more snow out there than I thought (hoped for)!  However, I still managed to get a good feel to how the projects were holding up.  The above picture is of a snow-filled detention basin that will catch lots of road runoff and prevent it from running down this homeowners driveway and into the lake.  The picture below is of the 300′ ditch that runs on the other side of the road to a catch basin that will settle sediment and allow cleaner water flow into the detention basin.

The only potential issue I could see was that these ditches were loaded with sediment.  This is one of those things that will have to be monitored and potentially dealt with to maintain the effectiveness of the ditch.

Next I traveled to near where Pond Road starts.  This detention pond, although still full of snow is functioning well.  The road was graded to another long rock ditch on the other side of the road and goes into a deep sump catch basin that will settle sediment and drain the remaining water to this basin.  The road was in good shape considering the time of year as well.  This indicates that runoff is moving off the road and preventing heaving and mud.

All in all, despite still being snow covered in the beginning of April, the projects on Brackett Road have held up well and look to be quite efficient at preventing polluted runoff from entering Lovell Lake.  And why wouldn’t you want to protect this:

I left Brackett Road and headed toward Hawk Road on Wilson Lake to inspect some projects done there in the early summer last year.  The first fix I inspected was actually an AWWA YCC project in 2011.  We built a rain garden and a detention basin to try an alleviate the excess water and treat runoff before it moved toward Wilson Lake.  Our fix worked pretty well, but the Hawk Road Association came in last summer and expanded the detention basin with some equipment and paved the road.  This solution fixed the problem entirely.

Normally at this time of the year, this spot would have had a huge ice patch across the road that had been nicknamed “the glacier” due to its size.  With the fixes that took place, “the glacier” is gone and so is standing water in the road.

The next stop on Hawk Road was at their boat launch.  This was a big project last year that required replacing some culverts and enlarging the catch area for the road runoff.  This site also looks great and is performing well.  The YCC hopes to get in there this year and install a rain garden to the side where some runoff bypasses the catchment and flows into the stream.

After checking out the Hawk Road fixes, I ventured over to Eagle Road to see what had been done over there.  The road itself was pretty horrendous, but the fix seemed to be channeling the water well from the upper section of the road.  There is some more work to be done on Eagle Road in the coming years to prevent polluted runoff from entering the lake and keeping the road in better condition.

I skipped Langley Shores Drive because the work done over there has been inspected pretty readily for almost a year and doing quite well.  I will check it out this summer when the YCC is over that way.

The first year of AWWA’s partnering with towns, local organizations, and road associations has been a great success and we look forward to the coming year of road fixes and erosion prevention!

Wilson Lake from the Hawk Road Launch



Wakefield DPW Honored

The NH Department of Environmental Services (DES), Town of Wakefield, the UNH Stormwater Center, and AWWA partnered last year to come up with money and site designs to fix chronic issues on Brackett Road around Lovell Lake.  After a  lot of hard prep work, the Wakefield Department of Public Works (DPW) started on the first of several sites to be done in late 2012.  To see the work that has been done or stay up to date on Brackett Road fixes, visit our Roadways BMPs.

The DPW worked extra hard learning some new techniques and employing some standard best practices to complete 3 sites last fall before the cold, snowy weather came.  They were able to complete these sites to STAY ON SCHEDULE and UNDER BUDGET on all 3 sites.  Last night, January 9, 2013, the NH DES presented the Wakefield DPW with an award for their hard work and commitment in protecting water quality through Best Management Practices (BMPs).  Fred Clough was in attendance to receive this award (top photo).

The NH DES also presented an award to the Wakefield Town Administrator Teresa Williams for her support of the project and hard work in developing the budget with AWWA and DES and organizing the DPW.  

The UNH Stormwater Center (UNHSC) also received awards for their work in site design and project oversight and teaching the DPW some new techniques.  James Houle of the UNHSC provided engineering and site design while Tim Puls provided the DPW with a lot of on site guidance and help.  

Here at AWWA, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Town of Wakefield and the Wakefield DPW for their hard work and willingness to work on a chronic road problem that had terrible implications for lake water quality.  The work already done by the DPW will prevent over 6 tons of sediment and 70 lbs of phosphorus from entering Lovell Lake annually.

We would also like to thank the UNH Stormwater Center for their designs and diligent project oversite that allowed this work to be done in a timely and effiecient manor.  And thank you the NH Department of Environmental Services for their support in this work.

From left to right – Tim Puls UNHSC, James Houle UNHSC, Fred Clough Wakefield DPW, Sally Soule NH DES, Linda Schier AWWA Executive Director, and Teresa Williams Wakefield Town Administrator.