Hearing scheduled for watershed grant

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SABATTUS — Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District has received a new grant for the Sabattus Pond watershed.

The funds will be used for outreach, education, technical assistance and implementation of projects that will reduce erosion and phosphorus loading to Sabattus Pond. The grant will be coordinated with help from a steering committee comprised of the Sabattus Pond Watershed Partnership, representatives of the three watershed towns, AVSWCD and other citizens.

Free technical assistance will be available to landowners who have problems with erosion and request services. A portion of the funds will be available to help landowners plant buffers on their property. A well functioning buffer of vegetation at the shoreline will reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the pond and help increase the value of the property.

Funding is also available for projects that reduce active erosion such as gravel road improvements, replacement of culverts or shoreline improvements. All types of projects, including buffers, require a cost share, cash, in-kind match or a combination of both.

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A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Sabattus Town Office to offer information about the grant and the process a landowner must follow to receive funding for a project. For more information, call 753-9400, ext. 404 or e-mail susan.gammon@me.nacdnet.net.

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