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WATERSHED PATROL

Having such a large preserved open area in a region surrounded by rapid development has made York a popular destination for many different types of outdoor enthusiasts. With this increased use came problems that York Water District could not ignore. In 1996 York Water District recognized the ever-increasing activity in the watershed and in 1997 Treatment Plant personnel began patrolling the watershed using a John Deere Gator primarily cleaning up trash and illegal campsites from the weekends. In 2000 one of our Treatment Plant operators took over all patrolling responsibilities and began patrolling by mountain bike in “plain clothes”; keeping detailed records of patrols and activities. Patrols were expanded to evenings and weekends during times and days most likely to find people using this area. The District continued to document people’s activities so trends could be plotted and needs could be assessed over time.
York Water District 86 Woodbridge Road PO Box 447 York Maine 03909 207-363-2265