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Watershed protection garden will be planted at Waukewan

September 16, 2009
MEREDITH — A part of the Lake Waukewan shoreline will have a demonstration garden and erosion control thanks to a portion of a grant and selectmen approval.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposal to put in a garden at Waukewan Park aimed at demonstrating watershed protection.

Currently $21,950 remains of a grant given to the town by the Department of Environmental Services in 2005. Town staff has met with the New Hampshire Lakes Association and the DES to determine the best way to use the remaining funds to help advance aspects of the Waukewan Watershed Management Plan.

The concept reached in these discussions was a demonstration project, which aims to educate the public on the importance of water quality. Town Planner Angela LeBrecque made a presentation to the selectmen Monday and composed a staff report.

According to the staff report, the proposed demonstration project will be done at Waukewan Park in two main steps. The first will be to install a rain garden on the Northeast side of the park, which will slow down runoff into the lake, as well as a vegetative buffer along the fence. The second step will be to stabilize 45 linear feet of shoreline that has experienced erosion. This will be done by replacing boulders that have fallen into the water and fill the void spaces with rocks. Also 125 linear feet of a two to four foot wide vegetative strip will be planted as a buffer. Sediment and erosion control plans will also be included and lake views will be maintained.

Inter-Lakes High School students with the Lakes Conservation Corps will be doing much of the work under the supervision of New Hampshire Lakes and further assistance by the Department of Public Works. Students have been working and discussing lakes restoration plans from the spring through the summer.

The DPW did mention having three diseased or dying locust trees removed from the site.

Members of the Board asked if the locust trees could be replaced. LeBrecque said there have been memorial trees planted and there are several trees in that area to begin with. LeBrecque also said the Shoreline Protection Act does not require that dead, dying, or diseased trees be replaced.

Selectman Colette Worsman also asked how much time the DPW workers would be putting into the project and how much maintenance would be needed. LeBreque said the workers should not be out there more than a day and most of the work would be carrying rocks. Also the DPW approved the plan in terms of maintenance and the spot would not require much.

"I think this is a win-win myself," said Selectman Chuck Palm. "We have some extra money and we're improving the quality of the lake."

Martin Lord Osman
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