Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Monthly Meeting on December 8, 2011 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Room 107 B, Rangely Hall, Eastern Maine Community College. Draft Agenda topics include:

  • Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes & Announcements
  • Pervious Pavement at Eastern Maine Community College
  • Update from Education and Outreach Committee
  • Special Discussion: Review of the "Hot List" with David Ladd, a group discussion of potential conflicts about new permit requirements
  • Planning for January Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Monthly Meeting on November 10, 2011 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Bangor Waste Water Treatment Plant. Draft Agenda topics include:



  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Special Work Session: Interdepartmental and Council Communications
    • Alternate Approaches - sharing about challenges, successes and ways of addressing different forms of government
    • Overcoming the "But we've always done it this way" barrier
    • 5 bullet points to share with councils
    • Developing an advanced stormwater 101/multimedia presentation
    • Meeting them where they meet (brainstorming access points)
  • Road Salt in the Environment: Presentation by Steve Kahl, Sewall Co.
  • Review of PY4 Requriments: Check-in on status of meeting requirements for this permit year
  • Group Work: Indicators Discussion
    • Suitability for Development Grant Process, LaMarr Clannon
  • Optional Treatment Plant Tour Courtesy of the City of Bangor

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Monthly Meeting on October 13, 2011 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Hampden Town Office. Draft Agenda topics include:



  • Welcome & Introductions
  • BASWG Organizational Business
    • BASWG PY3 Report Submitted on September 29, 2011
    • Urban Stormwater Retrofit Workshop - October 25th, Jeff's Catering
    • Watershed Manager's Round-table - November 15th, Hampden Town Office
    • Engagement of MMA in municipal stormwater issues
    • Other announcements
  • Public Vehicle Washing Regional Discussion
    • Special Guest, Hampden Fire Chief Reynolds, What has worked in Hampden
    • Identification of MS4 challenges and obstacles, including discussion of public safety and public works vehicle washing, municipally-supported fundraising car washes, etc...
    • Group brainstorming and problem solving
    • Development of initial action plan
  • Stormwater Utility Update
  • Planning for November Meeting

Friday, September 2, 2011

September Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Monthly Meeting on September 8, 2011 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Milford Town Office. Draft Agenda topics include:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • BASWG Organizational Business
    • Financial commitment of in-kind support to WRRI grant
    • Opportunity to co-host technical LID workshop (Allen)
    • Announcements
      • Salt Management Task Force Video Conference (9-12-11)
      • Lower Penobscot Coalition Meeting (10-5-11@12 pm E.S.C.)
      • Watershed Manager’s Roundtable (November)
      • Other announcements
  • BASWG Intercept Survey Report
  • Progress on Developing a Stormwater Steward Mobile Application
  • Stormwater Utility Update

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fairmount School Students Spray Paint the Streets

Bangor, ME— 4th and 5th graders at Fairmount School in Bangor are partnering with the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Bangor Area Storm Water Group (BASWG) and the City of Bangor to spray paint a important message on the streets.

Sample storm drain stencil.
The students will visit the neighborhoods around the school in Bangor on June 15, 2011 to stencil, REDUCE YOUR USE OF LAWN CHEMICALS, DRAINS TO STREAM on pavement near storm drains to remind residents that stormwater flows unfiltered to Kenduskeag Stream. The stencil also depicts a Rubber Ducky, which has become the symbol of stormwater pollution since the original “Ducky Ad” aired on television in 2005. This year a new advertisement featuring the red duck promoted safer lawn care, by encouraging Mainer’s to cut back on lawn chemicals, mow higher and leave grass clippings. In addition to stenciling messages next to the storm drains, the students will be leaving door hangers at houses to educate residents abut the project and stormwater.

Stormwater is rain that does not soak into the ground, but rather flows over the surface of the ground into the nearest body of water. As the water travels, it collects pollution such as pesticides, fertilizers, yard clippings, pet waste, loose soil, gasoline and oil. Storm drains act like funnels, transporting the stormwater from our streets and driveways directly into local waterways.

Chris Brewer of the Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District explains that there are many things we can all do to reduce stormwater pollution: “We are encouraging home owners to reduce or eliminate the use of lawn pesticides and fertilizers, pick up their pet’s waste, keep their vehicles well-tuned, and plant vegetation over bare ground and around bodies of water. All of these things dramatically reduce the amount of pollution entering our waterways, and improve water quality.”

The BASWG is a comprised of seven municipalities and other entities, working together to meet to make the Bangor Area a better place to live and work. For more information on BASWG and many stormwater friendly homeowner tips visit our website at www.baswg.org

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Monthly Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding their Montly Meeting on June 9th from 9:00 to 11:30 at the Orono Town Office. The meetings of the BASWG are open to the public. To see a copy of the draft agenda click here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May Monthly Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding thier Montly Meeting on May 12th from 9:00 to 11:30 at the Orono Town Office. The meetings of the BASWG are open to the public. To see a copy of the draft agenda click here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

6th Annual Regional Street & Stream Cleanup


The Bangor Area Storm Water Group is looking for volunteers from our communities to help protect our local water resources at the 6th Annual Regional Street and Stream Cleanup. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air with friends and family, while truly making a difference in your community and for our environment. Kid and adults, local organizations, groups and individuals are welcome. Volunteers will meet for a short safety discussion before heading out to the designated cleanup sites. All volunteers will be provided with free T-shirts as well as gloves and safety vests to wear during the event.  After cleanup activities, groups will reassemble for a free BBQ luncheon and celebration of our volunteers’ hard work.


This event is a coordinated regional effort to clean up our local waterways and reduce polluted runoff. The cleanup promises to be a fun and socially rewarding event, each year focusing on different locations throughout the seven municipalities forming the Bangor Urban Area (Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Veazie, Hampden, and Milford). Last year was our 5th annual regional cleanup, and it was a huge success with over 300 volunteers participating in the collection of trash along the Penobscot River and its tributaries throughout the region.


If you would like to volunteer for this year’s events please meet us at one of the following locations:


Hampden: May 7
9:00 am, meet at the Town Office Community Room, 106 Western Ave
Contact: Bob Osborne, 862-6527, planner@hampdenmaine.gov


Veazie: May14 
9:00 am, meet at the Veazie Salmon Club
Contact: Allan Thomas, 947-2781, arthomas@veazie.net


Bangor: April 23 – Shaw Brook & Outer Hammond Street 
9:00 am, meet at Sports Arena, 1640 Outer Hammond Street
Contact: Tim, 848-7095, pellet@gmail.com


Bangor: May 14 – Capheart Brook & Finson Road
9:00 am, meet at Assembly of God Church, 614 Finson Road
Contact: Wendy Warren, 992-4255, wendy.warren@bangormaine.gov


Brewer: May 14
8:00 am, meet at the Brewer Auditorium
Contact: Ken Locke, 989-5417, klocke@brewerme.org


Orono: May 14
9:00 am, meet at the Orono Town Office
Contact: William Murphy or Ruth Vaughan, 866-5051, wmurphy@orono.org, ruthv@orono.org


University of Maine: April 27 
9:00 am, meet at Fogler Library
Contact: Scott Wilkerson, 581-3049
scott_wilkerson@umit.maine.edu

The Regional Stream Cleanup started in 2006 as a way to comply with the Public Education and Participation requirements of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water Permit. This event is coordinated by members of the Bangor Area Storm Water Group, in conjunction with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District. All of the funds necessary to perform the event are raised locally through donations. No taxpayer funds are used for this program.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Bangor Area Storm Water Group Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding thier Montly Meeting on March 10, 2011,  from 9:00 to 11:30 at the Veazie Town Office. The meetings of the BASWG are open to the public. To see a copy of the draft agenda click here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

February Montly Meeting

The Bangor Area Storm Water Group will be holding thier Montly Meeting on February 3rd from 9:00 to 11:30 at the Veazie Town Office. The meetings of the BASWG are open to the public. To see a copy of the draft agenda click here.