In 2009, the SASWCD received funding through the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program and The Harvest Fund at Maine Initiatives to develop a local foods brochure. The result was a Local Foods Map with a list of 47 Southern Aroostook County farms and a map of where to buy local.
Copies are available at the District office.
Nickerson Lake Conservation Project, Phase II, 2013-2015
Nickerson Lake Conservation Project, Phase I
The Nickerson Lake Conservation Project Phase I was an EPA funded project administered through the Maine DEP 319 grant program. This project, begun in 2010, has provided technical assistance to over 40 lake owners and on-the-ground erosion control improvements at 20 sites around the lake. The grant culminated in a shoreline project at the public Crescent Park in 2012. Outreach activities have included a gravel roads workshop, tours of the lake and its depths on a science boat, a Nickerson Lake fun day for the community, and a rain garden demonstration. The SASWCD thanks all of the landowners of Nickerson Lake for their involvement and support in making Phase I successful.
The Agricultural Arts Project, funded through the Maine Ag in the Classroom, allowed over 200 students at various schools within southern Aroostook to create art influenced by the natural resources surrounding them. This innovative project enabled students to connect to the agricultural and forested landscape they live in while expressing their experiences in visual form. Students began their learning in the classroom, increased their knowledge in the field, and connected it all through creative mediums such as writing, drawing, and painting.
The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians on a grant project to write a Watershed Based Plan for Pearce Brook in Houlton. This working document identifies historical and current nonpoint source pollution affecting the brook and, as an outcome, the Meduxnekeag River. Identifying problems will help facilitate funding for future projects within the watershed. For a copy of the Pearce Brook Plan, contact the District office at 532-2087, ext 3 or email