Do you love Old Orchard Beach and Ferry Beach State Park? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the Maine Conservation Corps is working with the City of Saco to help clean up Bear Brook and needs your help. Bear Brook flows into Goosefare Brook and from there directly into the Atlantic through Old Orchard Beach. The lower reach creates the boundary between Old Orchard Beach and Saco and drains into Saco Bay midway between two hugely popular beaches: Old Orchard Beach and Ferry Beach State Park.
Where the brook flows through Old Orchard Beach Campground the City is looking to remove 30-50 tires on Friday, October 2nd. These tires are submerged or partially submerged in a segment of Bear Brook in what is presumably an area that was once a dump site.
They need the help of a dozen or so volunteers to dig up these tires so they can be accessed and disposed of properly. Is it going to be dirty? Yes. Is it going to be rewarding? Yes.
Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rates the Goosefare Estuary as a Coastal Wildlife Concentration Area of State significance, much of it protected through the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Goosefare Brook provides “Essential Wildlife Habitat” for the endangered Piping Plovers and other animals. The brook’s lower reach is a popular for swimming, boating, and fishing recreation area. Yes, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Goosefare Brook is rated as “impaired.”.
The cleanup effort will contribute to the City of Saco’s efforts to restore the Goosefare Watershed as part of a city-wide plan to improve water quality and create a watershed management plan in light of increasing urban development.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (207) 615-6711 to participate and register.
— by Ling Rao, Watershed Unit at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection