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Fernald Brook protection aims to reduce soil runoff

Implementation of the Wentworth/Crescent Watershed Management Plan is taking another step forward as project organizers begin an effort to protect Fernald Brook, one of the largest tributaries to Lake Wentworth, from the effects of stormwater runoff.

Officials from the Lake Wentworth Foundation, the Town of Wolfeboro, and the project’s lead engineering firm, Tighe and Bond, dug a series of test pits on April 13 behind Auto Care Plus (formerly Trites Automotive and Miller Chevrolet) to determine how best to capture storm runoff from the parking areas that cover the property. During rainstorms and snow melt, water flows across the lots and towards Fernald Brook, bringing with it the potential for sand and contaminants from nearby roads to reach the stream.

Winter’s impact on water quality: de-icers and sand

It is important to remember that streams continue to flow, ponds and lakes continue to ‘live’ under their ice and our responsibility to maintain healthy water ecosystems continues throughout the winter. During significant snow and ice storms, road safety requires the application of salts to melt ice and provide safe traction. Each winter local road departments, commercial parking lot owners, home contractors and homeowners use salt to melt snow and ice and to maintain road and other surfaces.