South Berwick council hears York River study results – News …

October 11th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine A summary of the York River Study highlighted Wednesdays Town Council meeting.

Former town councilor Jean Demetracopoulos, South Berwicks representative to the York River watershed study committee, presented an overview of the committees findings. Among the rivers uses reviewed by the committee were hunting, fishing, industry, farming and concerns regarding overuse of the York River.

The study found 50 percent of the rivers watershed is under conservation protection, far above the 20 percent threshold to ensure water quality.

The committee met with community organizers involved with a similar study that led to a federal Wild and Scenic Partnership designation for New Hampshires Lamprey River. Eventually, the committee agreed to push the same designation for the York River.

The advantage to a Wild and Scenic Partnership is that the land along the river and in the watershed remains in private hands, Demetracopoulos said. It doesnt allow for the taking of land by the federal government.

It also allows communities along designated rivers to apply for important funding. For example,” she said, “with sea level rise changes, federal money is available to make improvements to culverts to better deal with the threat of flooding.”

A Wild and Scenic Partnership designation is up for approval by York and Eliot voters on Election Day Nov. 6. She urged the council to consider a public hearing as the first step toward a voter-approved designation in South Berwick. The council unanimously approved the request for a hearing in the near future.

In other business

Town Manager Perry

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