PCSWCD gravel roads workshop June 22

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — On Friday, June 22 the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) will host a gravel road maintenance workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Morton Avenue Municipal Building, 48 Morton Avenue.

This workshop will have two components. In the morning Bill Laflamme of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) and Dave Rocque, soil scientist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (MDACF), will lead discussions on the various causes for poor conditions on gravel roads. Additionally, presenters will recommended practices for creating stable road conditions that minimize impact to nearby waterbodies, discuss the importance of Best Management Practices, erosion control methods and the impact poor management has on aquatic organisms and the waters in which they live. Road crowning, surface materials, diversions, ditch stabilization and a few unconventional approaches are some of the practices that will be discussed. In the afternoon, there will be site visits to some nearby areas of concern.

This is a great educational opportunity for contractors, municipalities and road associations as well as the general public. Certified contractors will be recertified by Maine DEP for three years. CEU’s are available.

Preregistration and a registration fee is required. Please contact the PCSWCD at 564-2321 ext. 3 or to register and for more information about this program. PCSWCD, MDEP and MDACF are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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