The 2010 Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) 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 the 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.
For more information about the AWWA YCC please visit the AWWA website. Funding for the AWWA YCC was provided by the Towns of Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME, private foundations, individual donors and the generous contributions of local businesses Apple Core Docks, Great East Docks and Raise-A-Dock. The 2010 AWWA YCC program qualified as match for a NHDES Watershed Assistance grant for the Salmon Falls Headwater Lakes Watershed Plan Implementation Project – Phase 1 with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.