Youth Conservation Corps Project Host Application
The AWWA Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) implements erosion control projects on streams, rivers, lakes and ponds in Acton, ME and Wakefield, NH while educating homeowners about how their use of their properties may affect water quality. The 8-week summer program, developed in 2006, is designed to reduce pollution caused by runoff from rain events and seasonal melt water that flows into our local lakes, rivers, and streams. The YCC tackles this through the installation of “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) or landscaped features. These features promote the diversion and infiltration of runoff or divert the runoff to allow it to soak into the ground before it reaches the lake. Each project showcases solutions to environmental problems that waterfront property owners could accomplish on their own.
Homeowners must partake in a Technical Assistance visit with AWWA’s Program Manager prior to becoming eligible to apply for the YCC Project Host Program. The labor cost of the crew is funded by donations (including from project hosts) and grants, and the landowner provides all the necessary materials. Behind these projects is a crew of eager high school students supervised by a Crew Leader and a Program Manager. The YCC program gives its youth corps the opportunity to effect environmental solutions and empowers them to become the future stewards of our water resources.
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First & Last Name
Mailing Address
Zip Code
Lake House Address
Are you the legal owner of this address?
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Which lake is the property located on?
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Phone Number
Preferred Communication
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Do you accept the following 6 Requirements? (If you answer No, please explain):
1) I am willing to purchase all necessary project materials (i.e. rock, mulch, plants), and understand that there may be left over materials after project completion.
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I am willing to maintain the installed BMPs for a minimum of five years.
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I will allow AWWA signs to be displayed on my property after project completion.
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I will allow my project and property to be photographed for use in YCC reports, on AWWA’s website, and for educational purposes.
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I will be available and responsive to AWWA staff phone calls and emails leading up to and during project installation.
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I will pay all necessary permit fees (if applicable).
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If you answered no to any of these, please explain here:
What led you to contact AWWA?
What is your biggest concern about your property?
Why do you want to become a Youth Conservation Corps Project Host?
Please tell us anything else you would like us to know about your property or about your water quality concerns:
YCC Project sites are selected based on the following criteria:
• Severity of the problem causing polluted runoff to reach the waterbody;
• Suitability of the project for the capabilities and schedule of the YCC crew;
• Visibility and accessibility of the project as a demonstration site to raise awareness of erosion from stormwater runoff and encourage other property owners to participate in the solutions;
• Geographic distribution of project site requests.
The success of the AWWA Youth Conservation Corps depends on support from many sources (including Project Host donations). If your project is selected, AWWA will notify you of the final cost of your project at the end of the season and request a donation for 20% of the labor costs. Please contribute generously.
Thank you for your interest in protecting the health of the AWWA Region lakes! Please remember to CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON below so that we see your application.
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