Mare Brook Watershed Assessment and Community Engagement Project
On July 1, 2015, the Town of Brunswick received a Coastal Communities Planning Grant in the amount of $47,925 to engage the community in an assessment of the Mare Brook watershed. Mare Brook (also known as Mere Brook) is considered an urban impaired stream for non-attainment, or failure to meet the State of Maine’s water quality standards. The headwaters of Mare Brook are located in freshwater wetlands on the west side of Mathew Drive in Brunswick. Mare Brook meanders through town in an easterly direction to Brunswick Landing (the former Brunswick Naval Air Station), and out to sea in Harpswell Cove, one of the most important shellfish growing areas in the region. Mare Brook receives water from several sources including discharged groundwater, precipitation (rain and snow) and associated runoff from developed and undeveloped land, and many tributary streams and freshwater wetlands. On a regional scale, much of the Town of Brunswick, including Mare Brook and Harpswell Cove are part of the Casco Bay watershed. This project aims to improve understanding of the challenges facing Mare Brook and develop recommendations for mitigating those challenges to improve water quality and protect the economic value of a shellfish growing area that produces 2,500 bushels of softshell clams annually.
As part of the project, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed to oversee the technical elements of the project, and the report of findings. All TAC meetings are recorded and made available to the public through the Town of Brunswick’s local television network (TV3). The TAC is expected to assist the hired consultant team with the refinement of a Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP); the development of a method for stressor analysis; the refinement of field methods for a stream corridor assessment and stormwater retrofit reconnaissance survey; and the development of the Mare Brook Baseline and Best Management Practices Report.
TAC members include representatives from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the Department of the Navy, Friends of Casco Bay, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), the Brunswick Area Citizens for a Safe Environment (BACSE), the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), Bowdoin College, the Town of Brunswick Planning Board, the Town of Brunswick Conservation Commission, and staff from the Town of Brunswick.
Schedule: A total of three (3) public TAC meetings will be scheduled with the consultant team at various project milestones (project ends December 2016); and two (2) public stakeholder meetings to engage the community in the project. Mare Brook Watershed Assessment Schedule 2016
Press Release – Coastal Community Planning Grants Awarded
Mare Brook Progress Report July – December 2015
Mare Brook TAC Meeting PowerPoint Presentation – January 2016
Mare Brook TAC Meeting Notes – January 2016
Mare Brook Stressor Analysis
Mare Brook TAC Meeting PowerPoint Presentation – April 2016
Mare Brook TAC Meeting Notes – April 2016
Mare Brook 2016 Monitoring Plan
Mare Brook 2016 Monitoring Plan REVISED
Mare Brook Monitoring Site Map
Mare Brook TAC Feedback 2016
Stantec Summary and Recommendations
Fish Passage Assessment Report
Mare Brook Geomorphic Assessment
Riparian Habitat Assessment Report
Mare Brook Macroinvertebrate Enclosure Study
Mare Brook Baseline and Best Management Practices Report
For more details about the Mare Brook Watershed Assessment and Community Engagement Project or to obtain information about participating in the project, Please contact the Town Planner, Jared Woolston, at (207) 725-6660 x4022.
This webpage for the Mare Brook Watershed Assessment and Community Engagement Project was prepared by the Town of Brunswick’s Department of Planning and Development under award CZM # NA15NOS4190208 to the Maine Coastal Program from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Department of Commerce.