The Youth Conservation Corps’ (YCC) mission is to preserve and improve water quality by addressing erosion and runoff issues on property throughout the 30 Mile River watershed.
30 Mile employs local high school and college students each summer to protect water quality in our lakes through the installation of erosion control measures along shorefront properties. With increased development along our lakefronts, water from rain events now flows faster across the landscape, carries more sediment, and filters into the ground less before reaching a waterbody. Soil transported via stormwater is the largest pollutant in Maine’s lakes and contributes to increased phosphorus levels. Phosphorus is the limiting factor of algae growth, and more phosphorous in our lakes leads to increased algal blooms and decreased oxygen levels. Controlling erosion on each and every property is important to reducing the collective impact of erosion and runoff on water quality.
Our YCC crew works with individuals, towns, pond associations, and businesses to control erosion along the shorefront and reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorous reaching our lakes.
To decrease erosion on your property, the YCC can implement a variety of management practices including rain gardens & buffer plantings, armored shorelines & ditches, infiltration steps & trenches, rubber razors, and mulched pathways. Our YCC program is a low-cost option for landowners, as we are able to provide this cost-sharing opportunity that significantly reduces the labor expense of your project. Our experienced staff will provide guidance along the way and can help obtain any permitting required for your project.
Fill out our YCC Project Request Form today, and we will get in touch with you to schedule your free site visit.