In recognition of the fact that summertime water use doubles, just when it is needed most to support fish in streams, and to ensure there is enough water for public safety and a healthy domestic water supply, the NSRWA created a water conservation and protection program. The goal of the Greenscapes program, begun in 2003, is to educate people on ways to care for their yards that require less watering and dependence on commercial pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
Today the Greenscapes program has expanded into 40 cities and towns on the North Shore and Pioneer Valley in the western part of Massachusetts.
For more information, go to www.greenscapes.org
A. Be a Greenscaper - Take the Greenscapes pledge to care for your yard using water-conserving techniques that will provide you a beautiful, healthy yard.
B. Creating a Healthy Yard - Learn why going organic is the healthy way to go, and how to go about transitioning from chemicals to organic!
C. Recycling Water - Too precious to waste, we need to put water back in to the soil, rather than letting it run off the more we create impervious surfaces.
D. Can You Reduce Your Daily Water use by 5 Gallons? MA Dept. of Environmental Protection has set a generous goal of no more than 65 gallons of water use per person per day. If we can save even more, so much the better.
E. Stormwater - Why Should You Care? Stormwater is the biggest threat to clean water today. Stormwater, which used to soak in the ground now is carried directly to reservoirs, rivers. lakes and the ocean. Find out more about this huge issue.
The NSRWA and Greenscapes support Pearl's Premium grass seed - a blend of fescue grasses that requires little mowing, watering or fertilizers. The NSRWA receives a donation for every bag of seed purchased. For information and to buy this great seed go to Pearl's Premium grass seed.