Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District

Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local conservation leadership, encourages best practices, and helps to plan and implement voluntary programs. We conserve clean water and healthy soil by working alongside willing landowners to implement incentive-based voluntary conservation practices. District programs focus on polluted runoff, habitat restoration, citizen science, and education.

We’ve moved! The District’s new office is located at 192 Main Street in Ellsworth. That’s the large brick building that’s home to Flexit and several other locally-owned businesses. The District office is on the second floor.

Seafood Trade Relief Program

We have had many calls requesting information on the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).  Though we would like to help, the attached link has the application and other information.  The USDA Farm Service Agency in Bangor may also be contacted for more information or...

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2019 Local Working Group Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 2019 Local Working Group 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm NRCS Field Office 474 Bucksport Rd. Ellsworth Light Refreshments Will Be Provided. Please Register - Contact Information Below Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District will host their annual...

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The Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:00 am to 10:00 a.m. at the Moore Community Center’s Board Room, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth (125 State Street). The public is welcome to listen in on these meetings, and may request time on the agenda by emailing hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. This will be a remote meeting via Zoom because of the current pandemic.   For more information, or if you would like the Zoom link to remotely attend, please email hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org .   


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Congratulations Marvin Ellison and Georges Pond Association!

www.facebook.com/GeorgesPondAssociation/posts/2844842395756461Please join us in recognizing Marvin Ellison, treasurer of Georges Pond Association, as this week's Lake Hero! In 2018, Georges Pond experienced its fourth algal bloom since 2012. The small, and relatively inactive, community around the pond needed to come together to study and understand the watershed problems; consider and plan a solution; and then coordinate, communicate and execute the plan. Towards that end and for the last three years, Marvin has helped membership grow 500 percent, published Georges Pond’s informative newsletters, and has helped raise more than $300,000 to fund its efforts. This work has included a year of collecting baseline scientific data, creating a ten year Watershed Based Management Plan (WBMP), completing the first of two alum treatments (the first in May 2020, with the second planned for 2021), and supporting a productive 319 Grant (ME DEP and USEPA).

Marvin has also been integral in the association’s LakeSmart effort that has resulted in the evaluation of more than 70 properties (50 percent of the total properties on Georges Pond) over the last three years. Not only is Marvin remarkably effective, he does so in a manner that is calm, clear, informative and productive. Marvin is successful in part because he seeks advice from other experts and listens carefully to the membership. As confirmation of his effective approach, members consistently rate his Treasurer and Fundraising Report as the best presentation at their Annual Meeting each summer. Behind the scenes, Marvin also personally thanks every member and donor for their annual support; writes and produces (along with Nancy Cooper) the association’s well-received newsletters; is leading a website redesign; is an integral LakeSmart volunteer; and continues to apply for many grant opportunities. Georges Pond enjoyed the best water clarity on record in in 2020 (since 1977), an accomplishment that could not have happened without Marvin's leadership.

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