Acton Ridge Road serves to connect Wakefield and Acton, skirting the sides of both Great East Lake and Lake Ivanhoe. For years, there has been a low spot on Acton Ridge Road that has been eroding, every rain storm sending a slurry of water down the slope, eating away at the road’s edge and pouring surrounding sand and soil into the nearby Scribner Brook. Evidence of this is seen at the bottom of the Scribner, which has been covered with road sand over the years.
In 2014, the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance coordinated a fix to this erosion site. Instead of pouring over the slope and into the Scribner, runoff water from the road will now be caught in a massive rock lined detention basin. The basin will allow the runoff water to infiltrate into the groundwater while trapping sediments and sand from the road.
This is a fine example of stormwater engineering, and we want to thank the Town of Wakefield, Wakefield Road Agent Fred Clough, the NH DES and the UNH Stormwater Center for everything they did to help with this project.
Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency.