The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Cold Stream Pond Watershed Protection Project will be funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant (also known as a 319 Grant) is the result of several years of hard work by several CSCOA members, starting with a watershed survey in 2010. The purpose of the project is to protect and improve Cold Stream Pond water quality by reducing sediment that delivers phosphorus to the lake.Total funding will be $94,295. A little more than half of this amount will come from the EPA. The rest will be in the form of both cash and “in-kind” services. The CSCOA will provide the largest share-- $17,171, half cash and half in-kind. Other contributions will come from The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD), Town of Enfield, Town of Lincoln, Gardner Logging Services. Individual campowners can also contribute through cost sharing for shoreland buffer projects, either through dollars or labor and materials.
The project will begin next spring with the first meeting of a steering committee that will oversee implementation. Amy Polyot of the PCSWD will serve as project manager. Jim and Laurie Fenwood will coordinate with Amy on behalf of the CSCOA.
Major tasks of the project will include:Projects to reduce soil entering the lake from road sites
During the two-year implementation, the regular CSCOA Buffer and Water Quality grant programs will become part of the grant project. LakeSmart screenings will be used to rank and prioritize residential cost-share projects. Look for more information on what is being done and how to participate in future newsletters and on this site.