Greetings from AWWA

As another summer unfolds into its Great East glory the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance is ready to partner with each of you to help keep our lakes clean. What we do on land determines what kind of lake we leave for our children and future generations. Our most exciting project for 2012 is our grant to fix chronic erosion problems on gravel roads.

The folks on Langley Shores Drive are busy working with AWWA, the York County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection to install much needed erosion controls on their pri-vate road and are setting a great example for other road associations around the lake. The work should commence in June so take a ride over this summer and check out their solutions to tough road problems. GELIA Director Arnie Murray is leading the charge on Langley Shores so give him a call at (207) 477-8494 or email arniemaine@metrocast.net if you want to know how to get your association going.

Look for the next edition of the AWWA NEWS coming soon for more exciting project. Remember that there are many things you can do to keep your property “lake friendly” by controlling erosion, maintaining your natural vegetation, properly maintaining your septic system and eliminating fertil-izers and pesticides from your yard. Clean water begins on land and we can all make a difference.

AWWA can be reached at (603) 473-2500 or info@AWwatersheds.org. Visit our website at www.AWwatersheds.org for news of our programs and helpful clean lakes information.

About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

          watershedsurvey@greateastlake.org
          info@AWwatersheds.org

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.