What is an Urban Impaired Stream?
A stream can be considered impaired if it fails to meet water quality standards because of effects of storm water runoff from developed land. Additional stormwater treatment controls may be necessary in the approximately 30 watersheds of urban impaired streams because existing and new storm water sources in these areas contribute to the further degradation of stream water quality.
The Oct 20th forum will provide an examination of how urban impaired streams are being addressed in the Portland, Lewiston and Bangor areas. We will also focus on updates of current regulatory efforts, the business impacts, and the various approaches that agencies and stakeholders have taken.
Tamara Lee Pinard of the recently formed Long Creek Watershed Management District (LCWMD) will address an aggressive, federally-driven, watershed-wide restoration effort for the 630-acre urban watershed in southern Maine discharging to Clarks Pond in Casco Bay.
Moderator: Bill Taylor, Esq., Pierce Atwood