Check out this video tour of the 2013 YCC Season!
Over the last eight years, AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program has been a visible and successful program. The YCC was formed by a small group of individuals dedicated to protecting the pristine lakes of Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME. In 2005 it became very clear that if the lakes in this region were not protected and people were not educated about the dangers of polluted runoff, the economic engine that drives Wakefield and Acton would be lost and cost property owners thousands upon thousands of dollars.
By organizing the YCC program, AWWA was able to “put shovels in the ground” and make an immediate impact on the water quality of the local lakes. With this flagship program, AWWA has been able to convey the message of the importance of water quality, how to deal with erosion issues, how to engage and educate property owners, and provide summer jobs for local youths.
The 2013 YCC season was no exception. Building on the previous seven years, the YCC was able to complete a record 25 projects across seven different waterbodies in the Wakefield and Acton region. The crew worked diligently for eight weeks starting at the end of June and working through the middle of August. The crew and experienced crew leaders were able to install 101 Best Management Practices (BMPs) which are the landscaped features designed to slow runoff down, divert it away from the lakes, and infiltrate the runoff into the ground before reaching the lake. These 101 BMPs are estimated to stop 57.2 tons of sediment and 48 pounds of phosphorus from entering the lakes annually. It is this sediment, and the associated phosphorus, that can cause water quality to decline and lead to more frequent algal blooms.
In addition to the 25 projects the YCC completed, the Technical Director conducted an additional 36 technical assistance (TA) visits. These technical assistance visits are the first step to having the YCC work on homeowners’ properties. The Technical Director and homeowner walk the property, discuss usages, identify erosion issues, and work through potential fixes. After this meeting, homeowners receive a packet of information with a design that they can use to install BMPs themselves, hire a contractor, or become a Project Host for the YCC program. The 2013 season was loaded with projects as the primary focus was on getting at least 11 projects done on the Maine side of Great East Lake and Wilson Lake as agreed upon in the Maine 319 grant. The YCC was successful in completing these tasks!
This season would not have been such a success without the dedication and hard work, day in and day out, from the committed crew and crew leaders. Crew leaders included Anthony Stanton who finished his 8th season with AWWA and Jordan Shepherd who was a first year crew leader but has been with AWWA for five seasons. While the leadership had a veteran quality to it, the crew consisted of many new faces. Seth Fogg returned for his 2nd year while Emily Gorney, Dan Crowley, Nicole Westfall, and Jacob Short-Newton all completed their rookie seasons with AWWA. Thank you to all AWWA staff, crew, crew leaders, and everyone who helped make this season a wonderful success.
Download the 2013 YCC Season Report
2013 YCC Crew (l-r): Crew Leader Anthony Stanton, Emily Gorney, Nicole Westfall, Dan Crowley, Crew Leader Jordan Shepherd, Ryan Nichols, Seth Fogg and Jacob Short-Newton.
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