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VIII. Proposed Implementation Measures The discussion among stakeholders revealed areas of concern for Branch Lake and the watershed. Among the areas of concern were: erosion and sedimentation to the lake, septic systems, security of the water system, effectiveness of state and local environmental protection laws, recreational use of the lake, public access, development in the watershed (particularly along the shoreline and on steep slopes), and the need for continued education and outreach. The City planner noted that it will take “baby steps” over many years to fully protect Branch Lake and the other natural resources in the City.
Of particular current concern to the stakeholders is an initiative by the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) to enlarge an existing boat launch and develop a recreational
use area on basin. The parcel.
a state-owned parcel with 7,000 feet of lake frontage located in the southern Water Department intake is approximately 2 miles downgradient of this
Using the areas of concern as a starting point, the stakeholders brainstormed and came up with a list of sourcewater protection measures to be implemented under this plan. The list is a composite of all the stakeholders’ ideas, so each task is not necessarily supported by all the stakeholders. The ideas fell in to four broad categories: ordinance , category. education and outreach, road maintenance, and miscellaneous a
Subcommittees for each category met and created action plans. The four categories are listed below, with protection measures and action plans for each. The final category listed below is called “Sourcewater Protection Measures from Comprehensive Plan”. The City Comprehensive Plan Committee developed a series of tasks to help protect water quality in Branch Lake. The stakeholders included them in this plan so that the Steering Committee would develop timelines and action plans for them, and monitor
their effectiveness over time.
The intention of the
stakeholders listed below.
is to As
above, all of these tasks are summarized in Table 3, Proposed Sourcewater
ultimately mentioned Protection
Measures for Branch Lake. City Comprehensive Plan.
A. Implementation Guidelines Some of the tasks outlined below and listed in Table 3 are vague. This is due in part to necessity (details have not yet been worked out), and in part so that implementation can address current needs. MRWA offers these guidelines for task implementation with the goal of balancing sourcewater protection and responsible use of the watershed and Lake:
Commit to on-going sourcewater protection education and outreach programs
in the community
Work with developers to minimize impacts to the Lake
Promote responsible maintenance and operations in the watershed
Address irresponsible operations and users
Proposed Ordinance Sourcewater Protection Measures
Septic system conformance Any project that moves earth
include a vegetated buffer planting design