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Ellsworth Sourcewater Protection Plan December 2004 Rev. September 2005 Page 17 of 63

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      All earth-moving contractors doing work within the watershed must be DEP certified

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        Improve oversight/enforcement of state and local environmental protection laws

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        Improve communication with DEP permits issuance (permit by rule, site location) within the City

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        Vehicle weight limit on ice in winter

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        No aircraft on the lower lake

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        Impervious area development cap

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        No overboard discharges

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        No human or domesticated animal excrement in or on the waters of the Lake

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        Surface use ordinance

  • Action plan

The ordinance subcommittee determined that non-conforming septic systems were the highest priority on their list. They developed a plan to:

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      Locate and determine the type of system on each lot

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        Gradually eliminate non-conforming systems

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        Provide septic system education for the shorefront property owners

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        Pursue possible shared effluent treatment

  • Implementation

The CEO compiled a list of shorefront properties with structures, and reviewed septic designs for these properties. A list was created of properties with no septic design on file. These properties are presently being visited to determine the type and location of the existing system. As of October 2004, about 10% (30 of 300) of the properties had been field-checked by the CEO.

Plans have not yet been created for the rest of the tasks in the ordinance category; the intent is to do so in the future.

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    Proposed Education and Outreach Sourcewater Protection Measures

    • Tasks

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        Update watershed survey and seek funds such as EPA 319 to fix eroding sites

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          Programs: Watershed Alliance, “Hey You” cruise, road maintenance workshop and DEP certification for City road crew, buffer workshop, Watershed Stewards Program

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          Road signs: “Entering Branch Lake Watershed”

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          Information packets for realtors, new property owners and council members including Lake*A*Syst and Safe Home materials

    • Action Plan

The education and outreach subcommittee developed goals, benchmarks and schedules for the following audiences: lakefront residents and landowners, City residents using the public water supply, watershed residents, local decision makers, local middle and high school students, realtors, developers, City

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