Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District

Gary Wheeler of Augusta is running for the Kennebec SWCD Supervisor position. He has submitted the needed signatures to run. Gary has served previously. If you will to vote you should contact the District office at 50 Hospital St., Augusta, ME telephone (207) 621-9000, to obtain a ballot.
You can either come into the office and vote on site or request a ballot be sent you to vote and then submit your completed ballot.

Completed ballots must be received at the District office no later than November 26, 2019.

Ballots for the election will be mailed to anyone requesting one. Registered voters wishing to vote in the election of District Supervisor must contact the District in order to receive a ballot. All registered voters residing within the Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District boundaries are eligible to vote. All completed ballots must be received by the afternoon of Tuesday November 26th at 4:00.

LOCAL WORKING GROUP     USDA Funding for Kennebec &  Lincoln counties:     How Should the Money be Spent?

Local Working Group Meeting – You are invited!

  • Lincoln & Kennebec
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 10am – noon
    Whitefield Fire & Rescue Building, 26 Townhouse Rd, Whitefield

Kennebec & Knox-Lincoln  Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the NRCS Augusta field office,will hold a Local Working Group meeting as noted above. Taking into account local resource concerns, the Local Working Group will make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend local USDA Farm Bill EQIP funds for conservation practices on private lands in FY 2021. Join us to add your two cents!

If you are an agricultural producer; forester, logger or private woodland owner; member of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust; knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or are familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Lincoln or Kennebec counties, we invite you to attend this meeting to help 1) identify and prioritize conservation concerns in our district; and 2) recommend how local funds for USDA conservation programs will be distributed by NRCS to alleviate problems.

For more information or if you would like to attend, please visit www.knox-lincoln.org/LWG, or contact Hildy at 596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org or Dale at 621-9000, dfinseth@kcswcd.org. Please let us know if you plan to attend.


For the time being the USDA has lost its office space in Kennebec County. The Kennebec SWCD has moved to the old Entomology Lab at 50 Hospital St. in Augusta. Commonly referred to as “the Bug Lab”. We now have a phone.

NEW ADDRESS   Kennebec SWCD; 50 Hospital St.; Augusta, ME 04330
NEW PHONE     207-621-9000

It is probably best to call ahead  and not take the chance of “just dropping in”.  Because it is usually just Art and Dale here, there is always the chance that we may be out of the office.

We are so sorry for the confusion caused by the disruption. If you need to contact NRCS staff, you can continue to contact them at their office number of 622-7847 x3.

The Maine State Envirothon has a winner.  Spruce Mt.team one came in 1st at he May 31st competition in East August. Spruce Mt. team two took second place. Belfast High School team one came in third.  Congratulations to all for an excellent competition.
The Spruce Mt. Envirothon team attended the National competition in late July  This year’s competition was held at the University of North Carolina. We recently heard about their NC experience at the MACD Summer Meeting.

Check   www.MaineEnvirothon.org   for more info.  

In other news:

  • The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s continue a project awarded to the Maine Natural Areas Program to address  terrestrial invasive plants. It includes support to help landowners IMap the invasives they have, learn techniques to manage those invasives, and provide workshops to spread the word. We have recently received an additional award from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund [MOHF] in collaboration with both Knox-Lincoln and Waldo SWCD to expand the project of “invasive surveys”.
  • Technical Assistance provided with other watershed organizations has begun. That work includes China Regional Lake Association, Togus Pond, Belgrade Regional Lakes Alliance and 30 Mile Watershed Association.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing  Forestry Pest outreach. We are just beginning a new contract which will include some changes.   The 2019-20  “Forestry Pest”  events and activities are being scheduled.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for Great Pond. That work with partners is just beginning.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has also received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for China Lake. That work with partners will begin this fall.