Youth Conservation Corps

Now accepting site visit requests for the 2019 season. Plan ahead to secure the crew for your erosion control project!

The Youth Conservation Corps’ (YCC) mission is to preserve and improve water quality by addressing erosion and runoff issues on property throughout the watershed. YCC works with homeowners to decrease erosion and filter stormwater carrying phosphorus on their property.


YCC Project Request

If you are interested in the services of the Youth Conservation Corps, or would like to arrange a free site visit, please complete this online YCC Project Request Form and we will get in touch with you. We are available to look at specific problems or simply to review your property and suggest ways to reduce your impact on the lakes.

You may want to take advantage of the YCC if…

  • Youth Conservation Corps in actionyou have more grass than other vegetation in your yard.
  • your shoreline is eroding (you notice loss of soil, undercutting, exposed roots).
  • your driveway or path goes downhill towards the lake.
  • you have soil displacement under roof drip lines.
  • you have spots of bare soil in your yard.
  • you want to know what you can do to improve water quality.

Phosphorus is in soil, and when storm water erodes the soil, too much phosphorus gets into the lakes, decreasing water quality and increasing the potential for algal blooms. This non-point source pollution is one of the biggest threats to our lakes. All work is strictly cooperative with landowners and no sites will be identified for enforcement action. Our purpose is to encourage good stewardship of our lakes.

Parker Pond Land Owners: Learn more about our shoreline buffer program.

Map of Our Youth Conservation Corps Sites

Click on the markers below to find out more about the projects completed on your lake!

Cost-Share Program

Longfellow’s Greenhouses in Manchester, ME has partnered with us and is offering 10% off any item on our recommended native buffer plants list found here.

To allow the YCC to be self-sustaining,  we ask landowners to cover a minimum of 25% of our costs for project construction. The cost of materials is the full responsibility of the landowner. This enables our organization to continue protecting the watershed into the future, while providing YCC services at a low cost for landowners. We welcome additional donations above this amount, as they enable us to complete more projects.

Conservation projects typically require one-half to two days’ work to complete. The table below provides an example of the average costs for a sample project requiring one-half day’s work.

Sample Project Cost Estimate






 Matching Support

Project Construction*(1/2 Days’ Work)




Site Evaluation




Permitting Assistance**




Cost of Permit-By-Rule













*Project Construction and Materials costs vary by project.

**Permitting Assistance may vary depending on project size.

Examples of Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Open-top Culverts and rubber razor blades are water-diverting tools that can help direct runoff away from roads and driveways.

Vegetated Buffers Planting trees, shrubs, and perennials along shoreline, ditches and streams helps slow the flow of runoff into the lake, allowing excess surface water to infiltrate and prevent erosion.

Dripline Trenches prevent erosion from roof runoff, and minimize the effect of backsplash on your house.


Infiltration Steps are timber steps aerial shotfilled with crush stone. They prevent erosion and runoff from foot traffic on steep slopes. They also provide attractive, safe paths through steep areas.


“I was thrilled with the work that was done on my walkway to the water. They did a wonderful job… 30 MRWA was so easy to work with and did a fantastic job pulling this together. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this program is, how great everyone was to work with, the follow up and the final result was amazing!!!! Thank you, thank you to you and your staff.” -Cheryl Dalton