SCWIP Project Overview
The Spruce Creek Watershed Improvement Project (Phase 1) (SCWIP-1) will address
polluted runoff problems to reduce bacteria loading and the export of sediment
and nutrients into Spruce Creek to improve water quality and help re-open
shellfish harvest areas. The secondary purpose is to continue to raise community
awareness in this watershed, with the long-term goal of improving and protecting
the water quality of Spruce Creek and the Piscataqua River Estuary.
Please let us know if you'd like to participate in the project in any way.
Project start date: April 2008
Project completion date: March 2010
Estimated Total Cost, Federal & Non-Federal Sources
Federal Grant (319): $69,670
Non-Federal Match: $106,326
1. At least twenty-two NPS sites treated with BMPs.
2. At least 500 watershed citizens and visitors directly educated
1. Pollutants controlled: Reductions of sediment (tons/year), nitrogen
(lbs/yr) and phosphorus (lbs/year) will be estimated for NPS sites treated
with BMPs. Estimated tons of sediment kept out of Spruce Creek by addressing
high and medium impact sites.
2. Water Quality Improvement: Improvement in river water quality is a long-term
measure of environmental results of NPS abatement in the watershed. The
final project report will include a summary of the current status of water
quality as reported by the quality-assured efforts of the volunteer Spruce
Creek Association. The summary will describe progress reopening the shellfish
Interagency Coordination, Roles & Responsibilities
Grantee: The Town of Kittery
- The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will administer
project funding, serve as the project advisor, participate on the steering
committee and assist with local education/outreach efforts.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency will provide project
funding and guidance.
- The Town of Kittery will serve as the project sponsor and
be responsible for the coordination and implementation of all project activities.
- The Spruce Creek Association will provide in-kind match
and serve on the steering committee, update and expand the current list of
watershed residents, recruit volunteer assistance for NPS mitigation sites,
coordinate the community participation, and assist in designing the outreach
- The Maine Department of Marine Resources will contribute
water quality monitoring and shoreline survey data and will assist with managing
and reopening clam flats.
- The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will participate
on the project steering committee and provide input on project tasks.
- The York County Soil and Water Conservation District will
provide project support, paid technical assistance, engineering assistance,
serve on the steering committee and will assist with all project tasks.
- Representatives from the Town of Eliot will serve on the
steering committee and provide project updates to Town’s Select Board, Planning
Board and Conservation Commission.
- The University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center will
provide technical assistance on effective stormwater BMPs for treatment and
removal of bacteria, heavy metals, and nutrients.
Volunteer leaders are vital to the Town of Kittery’s efforts to reduce
the stormwater impacts and protect and restore the quality of Spruce Creek.
The contributions of time and expertise to team membership are our most
important and valued resource.
SCWIP-I Project Teams include:
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Glossary of Acronyms
Protect Kittery Waters Letterhead
(Word format, 125 Kb)
List of Team Particpants
& Contact Information (PDF format, 18 Kb)
and Reporting Instructions (PDF format, 45 Kb)
Volunteer Time Sheet
(Word format, 78 Kb)
Volunteer Time Sheet
(PDF format, 267 Kb)
In-Kind Services "Match"
Form (PDF format, 31Kb)
Volunteer Poster (PDF
format, 190 Kb)
(PDF format, 168Kb)
Volunteer 2-Page Flyer
(PDF format, 61 Kb)