ELLSWORTH — A watershed management project for part of Frenchman Bay has been awarded a $36,908 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Coastal Community grant program.
The Eastern Bay Watershed Management Plan is a join project of the Hancock County Planning Commission and the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The purpose of the project is to produce a management plan for the Eastern Bay within Frenchman Bay based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nine-element approach.
The project will focus activities in the Jordan River Watershed that may impact water quality and aquaculture in the Mount Desert Narrows area in Eastern Bay.
The plan will guide watershed restoration efforts to reduce fecal bacteria contamination and to meet the goal of preventing shellfish closures in the river and embayment.
Project partners include the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District, Frenchman Bay Partners, the Community Lab at MDI Biological Laboratory, University of Maine 610 project, Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee, College of the Atlantic and Acadia Aquafarms.