Soil & Water Conservation District
Welcome to the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District
Providing conservation assistance
and education to
the landowners of
Central Aroostook County for over 60 years.
Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District
Executive Director: Kassy Watson
Board of Supervisor: Brian Edgecomb-Chairman, George Howe-Treasurer, Dotty Dudley, Sam Blackstone, & Trevor Michaud.
Associate Supervisors: Larry Park, Bruce Wilkins, Gary Belyea, Mike Bragdon, Steve Sutter, and Brent Flewelling.
The Upper Prestile Stream Main Stem 1 Subwatershed Survey
The Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District has 71 years of service working to protect and improve the natural resources in the Central Aroostook area. One of our main focuses has always been the water resources such as our lakes, river, and streams. Over the years we have participated in identifying pollutant sources and working to fix them through technical assistance, grants, and other assistance programs.
For the past 8 years we have been focusing on the Prestile Stream and the land area that drains into it especially the section above the Mars Hill dam (see map attached). According to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, starting with Christina Reservoir all the way down to the Mars Hill dam, the water quality of Christina Reservoir and the Prestile Stream in non-attaining the water quality criteria the state had set for it; in other words it isnít as healthy as it should be. Why isnít it as healthy as it should be? Well, when it rains and the snow melts it washes all sorts of pollutants into the stream, pollutants such as spilled petroleum products, bacteria or nutrients from animal waste or failing septic systems, plus nutrients from fertilizers that are attached to soil particles, as well as soil itself. For the Prestile Stream excess nutrients are over feeding the algae and effecting stream health. When the health of our streams is effected it severely effects the aquatic life Ė no more brook trout!
To better address the sources of these nutrients the District has been surveying sections of the Prestile Stream Watershed for soil erosion sites. We have already completed 4 subwatershed surveys which cover the land areas that drain to 1.) Frost & Allen Brooks (2005), 2.) Christina Reservoir (2009), 3.) Williams Brook (2010), and 4.) Getchell Brook (2011). We have used the results of the surveys to apply for and receive grants to provide landowners with extra technical assistance in order to better manage their land through cost share agreements. We recently received a grant to continue the survey process for the land area known as Main Stem 1 on the map.
If you own land that drains to the Prestile in the area known as Main Stem 1 we would like your permission to survey it for soil erosion sites. The survey will take place during the spring thaw, roughly mid-April till the beginning of June. The survey involves describing erosion sites and taking measurements, it will in no way disturb your land. We would like your permission to survey your land and welcome you to join us when we do, but it is not necessary.
Once the survey is complete the District will compile the results, summarize our findings, and make recommendations on how to fix the problem site in a final report. Your name will never be used or appear in the report. Once the report is complete we hope to work with landowners by providing technical assistance, possible grant funding or access to other programs to address the problem sites. As stated earlier our goal is to improve the water quality of the Prestile Stream, a stream that is tremendously important to the Central Aroostook area providing recreation opportunities for all.
In order for the survey to provide important information to protect and improve the water quality of the Prestile Stream it is vital that we survey as much of the land in our targeted area as possible. Therefore we would like your permission to access and survey your land. If you wish to decline in participating in this survey and our efforts to protect water quality we will not include your property in the survey.
To say yes to helping the District protect and improve the water quality of the Prestile Stream and grant permission for us to survey your property within the survey area please email or call:
Kassy Watson at 764-4153 Ext.130 or
Complete the survey and mail to:
735 Main St.
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Fax to: 764-3407
by clicking the green interactive button you will be able to email Kassy Watson at CASWCD
Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District
Upper Prestile Stream
Main Stem 1 Sub watershed Survey Participation
The Importance of the District and Conservation
Ronald Brown, President of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, recently gave a testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture about the crucial work that the NRCS and Conservation Districts do and the need for continuing funding of conservation, especially in tough financial time.
USDA Agriculture Research Service Cover Crop Chart
The USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) has recently made available its Cover Crop Chart; a concise, electronic booklet with pertinent information on typical cover crops grown in the US. The chart can be found here.
Take Our Natural Resources Issues Survey
The CASWCD is asking landowners in the Central Aroostook area to take part in a survey to express their particular Natural Resources concerns. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and provide your input to your District. The results from this survey will be used to develop and prioritize our efforts to find solutions and attract funding for cost-share projects. Click on the Natural Resources Survey link or here to take the survey now. Thank you and we appreciate your input!
To protect, conserve, and improve our area's natural resources for future generations by utilizing available technical, financial and education resources.
The Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District is a Non-Profit Organization all proceeds from our fundraising efforts are used to promote conservation and the wise use of our natural resources. The Central Aroostook County SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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