The Center for Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire will be conducting scientific research next to the pier at Fort Foster Park between the months of September and October. Acoustic and optical devices will be deployed to monitor fluid and sand movement. The ultimate purpose of this research is to better understand erosion in sandy beaches.
For more information please contact Sylvia Rodriguez-Abudo at 603-862-4256 or 787-810-3342 or Kittery’s Shoreland & Environmental Resource Officer Jessa Kellogg at 207-439-0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory Signage Posted at Fort Foster Beach as Unsafe Bacteria Levels May Be Present
Water quality monitoring on the beach at Fort Foster has detected elevated levels of bacteria which negatively impacts water resources and poses a threat to human health. In an effort to identify and ultimately eliminate sources of bacterial contamination, the Town of Kittery, in partnership with the Maine Healthy Beaches Program and FB Environmental will conduct additional water quality monitoring at various locations on the beach and near the marsh. This work will lead to a more thorough investigation to include an upstream land-use inventory and a sanitary survey.
Immediate action was taken on the Town’s behalf as the results of the secondary water quality tests indicated sustained elevated levels of the bacteria Enterococci and E.coli. Enterococcus is the established bacterial indicator for Kittery’s coastal recreation waters. Along with E.coli, Enterococci can indicate fecal contamination and the possible presence of pathogens.
As this is a non-point source or indirect form of contamination to the beach and tidal pools, every effort is being made to trace the contamination back to the source. Advisory signs have been posted and beach raking and the removal of contaminated seaweed will commence next week. Continued water quality sampling in coordination with the Maine Healthy Beaches program and the implementation of a “Beaver Deceiver” in the marsh (a culvert attachment meant to deter beavers from blocking the culvert and further stagnating the marsh water), will be implemented.
On Wednesday, August 8th, “Sable the Sniffer Dog” will assist with the monitoring efforts at Fort Foster. The canines will aid in the detection of fecal matter and indicate if the waste is from a human or animal source. Treatment and effective containment of a now-defunct outhouse near the marsh will also be a goal of this monitoring. In conjunction with the removal of the outhouse and treatment system, an upstream land-use inventory will be performed by FB Environmental.
For more information about the beach advisory please contact Kittery’s Shoreland Resource Officer Jessa Kellogg at (207) 439-0333, or Maine Healthy Beaches coordinator Keri Lundberg at (207) 832-0343.
Red dots indicate area of concern
FORT FOSTER PAVILION INFORMATION (COMING SOON)