Originally published in the June LCCA Newsletter
To reach our water quality goals, we need to reduce the erosion throughout the entire watershed. Roads are one the of highest contributors of phosphorus per area by land use type. Erosion from town and state roads is being addressed through the General and Municipal Roads Permits and is being largely funded by grants and local or State funds. But our private roads need work and, to make that happen, we all need to work together.
These upgrades would greatly reduce erosion, improve the driving conditions and reduce the future maintenance costs of keeping up the road. Grants that can be applied to private land are not always available, but at times we may be eligible to apply for grants that may cover as much as 50% of the costs. The Franklin Watershed Committee would apply for the grant, manage the grant and oversee the construction process, but we need your help and collaboration to make that happen. Would you be willing to become a Road Captain?
Road Captain’s will be the point of communication for each private road around the lake. Grant applications usually require documents such as letters of consent from land owners (and or leasers) and pledges of cost sharing. Citizen involvement for these grants will involve organization on the citizen level for gathering these requirements and communicating with neighbors on their road. Are you the kind of person who loves to chat with everyone on your roads and knows all about who is visiting when? Volunteer to be a road captain! Doesn’t sound like something you’d be up for? Please register with us so that we can give the best contact info to your Road Captain and you can still do your part for your community. We hope for everyone to register with us.
To register, please fill out this short form online
The link can also be found on the FWC Facebook page.
Each road has already been inventoried and plans for the necessary improvements have been drawn up. With a little citizen powered organization we can help fund part of this work and make these water quality improving changes happen so that our children and grandchildren have cleaner water.