Partnering to Protect Panther Pond

In May, District educators and members of our technical team worked together with students and staff at the Katahdin School in Raymond to help reduce the amount of soil washing into Panther Pond. Too much soil in our water can lead to “over feeding” a waterway with nutrients, resulting in algal blooms and polluted water. Recognizing the issue, the Town of Raymond allocated a portion of grant funding to support this student led service learning project at Camp Hinds, located next to Panther Pond.

District Educator, Jenna Martyn-Fisher, displaying how different best management practices can reduce soil erosion.

The program kicked off with a one day workshop where Katahdin students learned about water pollution, soil erosion, and practices to reduce water pollution.  Together with District educators, the students conducted water quality tests, looked for aquatic insects, and completed a site assessment to identify areas of erosion throughout Camp Hinds. They then used their knowledge to select practices to install on the campgrounds to reduce soil erosion and to calculated the materials needed.

On May 17th, over a dozen Katahdin students, teachers, and volunteers came together to put the students’ design ideas into action. They successfully installed four roof dripline trenches under newly constructed cabins and spread erosion control mix on bare soil. Plans are underway to have Boy Scouts of America Pine Tree Council make more improvements to the camp over the summer.  

A special thank you goes out to students and staff at the Katahdin School, Camp Hinds, the Panther Pond Association, and the Town of Raymond. Funding for this project was provided, in part, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. In Maine, 319 grants are administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Other project partners include the Panther Pond Association, Raymond Waterways Protective Association, and Portland Water District.

For more information about the Panther Pond Protection Project, please contact project coordinator Heather True at htrue@cumberlandswcd.org or 207.892.4700.