2017-02-17 / In the Know

Town hosts meeting on Phillips Brook watershed

By Kerry Strout Special to the Leader

The town of Scarborough will host a public meeting about the development of a watershed-based management plan for Phillips Brook at the Dunstan Fire Station on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

In partnership with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine DEP and stakeholders, the town of Scarborough has begun the implementation of an EPA grant to develop a plan for Phillips Brook in Scarborough.

Phillips Brook watershed is comprised of a little over 1 square mile of area in the Dunstan Corner neighborhood and drains to the Scarborough River and ultimately, the Scarborough Marsh.

Dunstan Corner has great potential for growth and development over the next decade.

Phillips Brook is listed as an urban impaired stream in Maine DEP’s Chapter 502 and is currently listed on DEP’s 303(d) list of impaired waters as it does not meet its Class C water quality standards for dissolved oxygen and aquatic habitat.

The cause of impairment of Phillips Brook is largely unknown but may be partially related to stormwater runoff from impervious cover, a historic impoundment, floodplain fill and development in the lower watershed that has encroached on the stream channel, floodplain, and wetlands areas.

The majority of the Watershed lies within Scarborough’s regulated area under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Stormwater Program.

The watershed plan process, which involves local landowners, land trusts, governmental agencies and representatives from the town of Scarborough, will help develop strategies to protect and improve the water quality of Phillips Brook.

The plan will also incorporate stakeholder recommendations and will be designed to address existing development, redevelopment and new development in accordance with current zoning and the comprehensive plan for the town of Scarborough.

The watershed needs will be prioritized based on environmental benefits and impacts, estimated costs, right of way requirements and feasibility of implementation. Most importantly, the plan will clearly detail what work is needed in order to improve and protect the water quality and aquatic habitat of Phillips Brook and identify an implementation strategy that includes cost estimates, funding strategy and sources, roles and responsibilities and completion schedules.

For additional information regarding the plan and meeting, email Angela Blanchette, town engineer, at ablanchette@ci.scarborough.me.us or visit www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/planning-codes/planning/ stormwater-management.

Phillips Brook meeting

What: Watershed Management Plan
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.,
Monday, February 27
Where: Dunstan Fire
Station, 639 Route 1, Scarborough

Kerry Strout is sustainability coordinator for Scarborough.

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