Pollution Control Project on Langley Shores Road Completed

An important 319 grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has been implemented by the Langley Shores Road Association to control storm water runoff which threatens the water quality of Great East Lake. The work included ditching 300 feet of the roadside, re-grading, directing runoff into a catch basin, paving a 300 foot section of the road, and adding erosion control mulch to stabilize the banks.

This work will prevent 6 tons of sediment carrying 5 pounds of phosphorus from entering the lake, a very significant prospect!

The 319 grant provided funds from the US EPA Clean Water Act and was the result of a partnership including York County Soil and Water Conservation District, Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance, Maine DEP, Langley Shores Road Association, Great East Lake Improvement Association (GELIA), Hawk Road Association, Eagle Road Association and Wilson Lake Association (WLA.) Road sites on Langley Shores Road, Hawk Road and Eagle Road, identified in watershed surveys, were included in the Salmon Falls Headwater Lakes Watershed Management Plan which received national commendations. The grant provides 60% of the cost for the projects with 40% match to be covered by the homeowners in the road associations with contributions from GELIA and WLA helping to ease the burden.

The Langley Shores work was coordinated by Arnie Murray and Bob Berlan who reported that a 2 inch storm right after the completed installation proved that the BMPs (Best Management Practices) were successful in containing the storm water.

Similar projects are underway for Hawk Road, while Eagle Road is still in the planning phase under the provisions of the grant. All improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. This has been an example of close cooperation among many organizations that will benefit all residents of the towns of Acton and Wakefield as lake water quality affects everyone.

Another project scheduled to be undertaken with the help of a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will address severe erosion issues on Brackett road in Wakefield. These corrections will go a long way toward protecting our important resources in both Acton and Wakefield.

View information on NH Watershed Protection and Restoration Forum

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.


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.