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 MRWA 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 phosphorous levels. Phosphorous 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 are able provide a cost-sharing program that will significantly reduce the labor expense of your project. 30 Mile River Watershed 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 shortly to review your property and erosion concerns.