"Saving Money and Extending a Septic System's Life"
All septic systems located within a watershed and all septic systems have to the potential to impact a nearby waterbody. Proper design, construction and maintenance prevents system failure and results in savings. This septic social is offered to bring answers to your questions, help you stay on the right side of the law, and offer tips on preventing a system failure by the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission and Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. Our partners offering the tips and help are the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, W E Fenderson Septic Service, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The Septic Socila wil be held Friday, May 10th at Volunteer Monitoring Program Office , 24 Maple Hill Road, Auburn from 8:00 a.m to about 12:30 p.m.
A Workshop Special
Half Price Offer! The first 15 Lake Auburn Watershed residents registering will receive a septic system pump out coupon from the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission to add to a discount offered by W E Fenderson Septic Service.
Best Management Practices for Forestry Operations Protecting Water Quality
Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Forest Service and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust are partnering sponsors offering this free workshop. Registrations must be received by May 17. Click here for registration form
It will be held May 21 at Bath City Hall Auditorium, 55 Front Street, Bath with registrations beginning at 8:oo a.m. After some class time, there will be a site visit to a nearby timber harvest. Coffee will be available and BRING A BAG LUNCH. Continuing education credits will be given to professional and certified loggers.
Best Mangement Practices for Forestry Operations Protecting Water Quality -- Rescheduled
Farming for Clean Water -- Cancelled
Board of Supervisor Election Results
The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors election was to find a member living in Androscoggin or Sagadahoc County and to be elected for a three year term beginning January 1, 2013. A District Supervisor is responsible for decision making as it pertains to the protection, promotion and sustainability of our natural resources within the boundaries of Androscoggin and Sagadahoc County; serve as a representative of the citizens in this Conservation District; as well as give direction to help in the achievement of the operational goals and overall mission of this Conservation District. Congratulations to incumbent Arthur Dunlap of Poland upon his re-election.
OTHER EVENTS IN 2012
Earth Smart-“Farming for the Future”
A Maine Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Certification Program
Professional Development Workshop was held with about 30 people participating on June 20, 2012 at Maple Hill Farm Inn, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine.
Earth Smart is a Maine agricultural emissions reduction certification program developed by collaborating partners to provide a whole farm assessment and help farmers prioritize recommended practices that will reduce emissions on the farm while providing additional co-benefits. The program will recognize farmers for the implementation of good agricultural practices and will help position them to take advantage of current and future regional and national carbon offset markets, if they wish to do so.
The Earth Smart program was developed by: Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Agriculture, Maine Forest Service, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Maine Rural Partners, AgMatters LLC and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Additional support and contributions were received from Maine Farm Bureau, Maine Association of Conservation Districts, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Farm Credit East, Time and Tide Resource and Development Area, Northeast SARE, National Wildlife Federation; Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Ivan Fernandez; Juan Alvez and others who have donated time to edit and comment on the documents. We thank all who have been involved, without their help this program would not have been possible.
New Farmer Workshop Series
Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture and Maine Forest Service to provide a basic introduction to agriculture issues in a seven part series.