State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007ME131B
Title: Reducing Pollution to Urban Streams through Business Friends Incentives
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 2
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Water Quality, Management and Planning
Keywords: 82, 79, 137, 181, 207, 236, 237, 259, 273, 286
Principal Investigators: Wilson, Laura R.; Brewer, Christopher; Jemison, John; Ward, Mark; Warren, Wendy
Federal Funds: $ 2,400
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 26,733
Abstract: Stormwater Phase II communities (including the City of Bangor) under permit requirements from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency are required to work with landowners and land managers to reduce the export of nonpoint pollutants. Many Stormwater Phase II communities are currently targeting individual homeowners in order to reduce excessive inputs of lawn care nutrients. Using the successful Englesby Brook example from Vermont, we intend to target larger-scale land managers, such as those who manage landscapes of businesses, institutions and apartment complexes, to achieve input reduction on a larger scale per individual lot. Using incentives such as demonstrated cost savings and recognition in the community for managing their land in a ?stream-friendly? manner, we anticipate the business and institutional landowners in the Birch Stream watershed will willingly reduce their nutrient inputs to the landscape. A reduction of nutrient inputs to the landscape will reduce stormwater pollution export to the urban-impaired Birch Stream, a tributary of the Kenduskeag Stream and Penobscot River. This pilot project will set the stage for Stormwater Phase II communities to readily (and at low cost) replicate this effort elsewhere in Maine and beyond.

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