AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program has been a visible and successful program over the last eleven years. 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.
The program is designed to reduce pollution caused by runoff from rain events and seasonal melt water that flows into our local lakes, rivers, and streams. The YCC tackles this through the installation of “Best Management Practices” (BMPs). These landscaped features promote the infiltration of runoff, or divert runoff away from the lake and towards vegetation where it can soak into the ground. Each project showcases solutions to environmental problems faced by waterfront properties that landowners can do themselves.
By organizing the YCC program, AWWA is 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.
This was another great year for the YCC Program! This year the YCC prevented 40.4 tons of sediment and 34.9 pounds of phosphorus from entering lakes in the AWWA region. The YCC crew worked for eight straight weeks and completed 21 projects. The crew’s dedication allowed for the construction of 67 Best Management Practices on eight different lakes in the AWWA region.
In addition to the YCC projects, AWWA Program Manager Sam Wilson conducted 25 Technical Assistance (TA) visits, with assistance in the summer by soon-to-be Program Manager Amy Arsenault. At a TA visit, the Program Manager meets with landowners to discuss runoff issues on the property and potential Best Management Practices. A design is then provided, and the landowner can either install the BMP’s themselves or request assistance through the YCC.
Thank You to Our 2016 Business Sponsors!
Lake Forest Resort
Real Estate 2000 ME/NH
Wakefield Family Medicine
Country Goods & Groceries, Dube Plus Construction, Hayes Real Estate, Lake Ivanhoe Campground, M & M Boat Storage, Mobile Marine Service, Pam Wiggin, Realtor; Profile Bank, Randall’s Landscaping Supplies, Seven Lakes Provisions, Taskers Well Co., Inc. Assets Realty, Green Monster Landscapes, Sharper Image Salon, New Deal, Woodman Corner Barbershop