Stormwater Management

Many of us value having nice lawns and enjoy the time we spend working on them. However, some lawn care practices can create water quality problems. Plants need nutrients to grow, but excess nutrients, including the nitrogen and phosphorus found in fertilizers, can run off our properties when it rains and cause problems in local waterbodies. Too many nutrients in our water can trigger algal blooms that cloud water and rob it of oxygen.

Click on the documents below to learn about some easy practices for creating and maintaining a truly healthy lawn that looks great and is safer for the environment!

Water-Quality Friendly Lawncare Recommendations

Green Grass and Clear Water

Greenscapes Guide to Lawn Care

Greenscapes Lawn Care

Lawn Tips to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Image link to Think Blue Massachusetts stormwater educational website.

Best Practices for an Environmentally Friendly Lawn

Public Education News Article - Fertilizer