Windham teens happy to spend days protecting Canobie Lake
Matt Carbonello, Aaron LeClair , Andrew Kalil, Karalyn Gauvin, Chris Munroe and Awais Hussain worked onsite at a West Shore Road home Monday as part of a summer watershed protection program sponsored by the New Hampshire Lakes Association. The project hired the Windham High School students and Gauvin, one of their teachers, to complete various projects around Canobie Lake this summer in hopes of reducing storm water runoff and improving water quality in the lake. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
“It sure beats working in retail,” he said Monday morning as he used a rake to spread gravel in front of Gail Souza’s lakeside home.
Officials from the Conservation Corps program approached Canobie Lake residents last fall, where they were warmly welcomed. From there, several properties that have had issues with drainage were identified.
At Souza’s home, a new system was designed to prevent rainy-day runoff from pouring down the hill from the street and making its way into the lake.
Once the summer projects are completed, Parsons said, she’ll be working closely with Salem and Windham town officials to make sure storm drains are regularly maintained and residents are kept aware of potential problems.
“They’re just great kids,” Souza added.
Windham and Salem are among the 14 or so New Hampshire communities receiving services from the Conservation Corps this summer, with project funding coming mostly from a state Department of Environmental Services grant.
For junior Awais Hussain, the job was the perfect opportunity to earn money to purchase some new football gear, while recent graduate Matt Carbonello, who will study exercise physiology in college this fall, said he was relieved “to not be working in retail” this summer.
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