2005-2010 YCC Seasons

2010 YCC Season

The 2010 AWWA Youth Conservation Corps had a successful fifth season completing 18 projects on seven waterbodies. Crew Leaders Anthony Stanton and Sam Wilson and the intrepid crew Brandon Bourne, Dillon Couture, Ryan Fabian, Katelyn Nichols, Michael Perez and Jordan Shepherd installed 64 erosion control measures, or Best Management Practices, fondly called BMPs at 18 project sites. The BMPs included infiltration steps, rain gardens, Erosion Control Mulch (ECM), rubber razors, dripline trenches, native vegetation, turnouts, waterbars, and rip rap. Project Hosts supplied $10,474 in materials that the YCC crew installed at no cost to the landowner. They planted 82 native plants, spread 125 cubic yards of ECM, lugged and spread 40 cubic yards of stone, placed 897 feet of lumber and 92 feet of rubber razor, and pounded 227 pieces of rebar. In addition to the YCC projects, Program Director Howard Dupee designed an additional 28 technical assistance designs for homeowners interested in doing their own work. In exchange for the free design, homeowners were asked to pledge to install at least one of the recommendations within a year. If you would like advice about your erosion problems please contact AWWA at (603) 473-2500 or info@AWwatersheds.org.View or download the full 2010 YCC Season Report 

Anthony and Sam put together a wonderful set of videos highlighting the 2010 season projects and giving some terrific info about why we do what we do and how to do some erosion control projects on your own. Please take the time to view their wonderful work.

Intro to AWWA – Why Stormwater Management Matters

2010 YCC Season Project Tour (this may take a while to load)

DIY Infiltration Steps and Rubber Razor Diverters


2009 YCC Season

2009 marked the fourth complete season of the AWWA Youth Conservation Corps program. The AWWA YCC crew was led by Crew Leaders Anthony Stanton and Sam Wilson, both returning for their third season with AWWA. In addition to our regular crew of Tim Campbell, Ryan Fabian, Burleigh Hastings, Tyler O’Donovan and Jordan Shepherd AWWA was pleased to partner with the Spaulding High School Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program to offer part-time work to additional students: Zachary Brown, Cheyanne Boggs, Garrett Wheeler, and Jake Greeley. The JAG crew was supervised by Meghan Troddyn of Spaulding HS. Despite the early weather challenges the crew completed 18 YCC projects including 57 erosion control measures which will prevent 10.2 tons of sediment and 8.4 lbs of phosphorus from entering the water. A number of these projects were the result of a request for assistance from property owners who were informed of erosion problems through AWWA’s watershed surveys.Technical assistance designs were also created during the YCC season. 32 landowners received some sort of technical assistance, from telephone or email advice to a site specific design, and every lake in the region was represented. Valuable information was made available to interested parties who wished to address the erosion issues without the aid of the YCC. Recipients of technical assistance designs pledge to implement at least one BMP within one year of the landowner’s receipt of the information.

Click here to download the full 2009 YCC Season Report.


The 2009 YCC crew led a tour of some of the project sites which is available for viewing.

2008 YCC Season

2008 marked the third complete season of the AWWA YCC program. One goal of the 2008 season was to continue the success of the previous two seasons by applying our acquired knowledge and experience to implement more sophisticated and technically advanced best management practices (BMPs) in order to increase the pollution reduction efficiency. A portion of this season involved returning to previous project host sites to repair previously installed BMPs that had either failed, needed improvements, or required maintenance. New BMPs were installed where additional erosion control measures were needed. The remaining projects utilized a wide variety BMPs to solve isolated erosion issues as well as amend entire landscapes.Sixteen total projects were completed on eight waterbodies during the YCC’s seven week-long season. During this period, 39 BMPs were installed. Pollutant Load reduction estimates were performed using the Region 5 Model, and these estimates indicated a sediment load reduction of 13.4 tons per year and a phosphorus load reduction of 11.9 pounds per year as a result of the BMPs installed on the 2008 YCC project sites.Adam Shoukimas, AWWA Technical Director, met with an additional 39 prospective technical assistance clients. Some of these clients expressed interest in being considered as project hosts for the 2009 YCC season. Others preferred to do the work themselves. Technical Assistance Design clients were asked to sign a pledge sheet indicating that they would implement at least one of the BMPs outlined in the design within 12 months. This will be verified with site visits in 2009. The design packets included an introductory letter, an outline of the recommended BMPs with clear descriptions and instructions, the pledge sheet, and fact sheets for each BMP outlining specifically how to install and maintain each BMP. Additionally, a diagram of the site or altered photos of the property displayed exactly where each BMP should be installed.Read the full 2008 YCC Season Report.

2008 AWWA YCC Crew

Technical Director: Adam Shoukimas
Crew Leader: Patrick Jackson
Crew: Liam Pillsbury, Sam Wilson, Anthony Stanton and Zachary Pooler

2007 YCC Season

2007 marked the second year of the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Following the success of the 2006 season, our mission was to continue that momentum with an increase in the number of YCC project sites. We were able to secure funding for weekend projects during the months of June and September with a focus of providing assistance on municipal sites in both Wakefield and Acton. We provide free landscape design to lakefront homeowners within the Salmon Falls and Ossipee River Watersheds.Over an eight-week full-time period and seven-week part-time period, the YCC completed 20 projects on the lakes in Acton, ME and Wakefield, NH. This report will outline the projects the crew worked on as well as the erosion issues prevalent on the site and some of the challenges the project offered.In addition to the 20 YCC projects completed this season, the technical director also completed 25 technical assistance designs.Read the full AWWA 2007 Season Report.

Crew Pix 2007007Technical Director – Adam Shoukimas
Crew Leader – Emily DiFranco
Crew – Rockie Hunter, Anthony Stanton, Nigel St. Pierre, Ned Walsh
2006 YCC Season
In our 2006 inaugral season, the AWWA YCC was able to remediate ten properties of their storm water and erosion problems around the Acton Wakefield Lakes Region. Also, more than 30 other properties were provided with a personal technical assistance plan outlining specifically how the homeowners can remediate their erosion problems themselves.The focus of the AWWA YCC project is to identify and address erosion problems that directly affect and impair water quality and subsequently remediate them through the utilization of Best Management Practices (BMPs). These practices have been established by the scientific community as the most effective, responsible, and sustainable way of alleviating erosion issues. In just one season, the AWWA YCC projects prevented the loss of almost 16 tons of sediment from eroding into our lakes annually thanks to the implementation of these BMPs. But these 16 tons are just the beginning. The AWWA YCC hopes to continue its work around the area lakes and ponds but we can’t do it without you!  Read the full AWWA 2006 YCC Report.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATechnical Director – Alix Marcoux
Crew Leader – Adam Shoukimas
Crew – Craig Hill, Anthony Stanton, Chris Stanton, Nigel St. Pierre, Sam Wilson
2005 YCC Season
The AWWA YCC started its first project on in 2005 on Great East Lake. Starting on July 6th and finished on the 7th, the YCC worked with the Mousam Lake YCC (MLYCC) to put in 6 steps and a meandering path bordered by native plantings. The landscape plan, designed by Duane Snyder of MLYCC, redirects the runoff to planted and mulched areas, and prevents the hillside from eroding into the lake.The results are beautiful. This pilot project is on Timlin Road on the north shore of GEL in Acton, ME. From the lake, it is the beautiful early 1900’s era brown cottage with green accents in the eastern portion of Horne’s cove. You will notice plantings and lots of mulch.Please drive or boat by the site to see what a beautiful solution the YCC has created to solve an erosion problem.The Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance completed it’s second pilot project in August 2005. The project on Pine River Pond at the Tsakiris property on Grenier Road, was designed to prevent road water runoff from washing sand, soil and other pollutants into the water. It also involved the use of Bio-logs made of coconut fiber to reinforce the eroding shore front.