Landscaping for Healthy Lakes Workshop – June 27

Edelmann 2Do you want to know more about how your landscape may be affecting the nearby streams and lakes? Do you have unsightly areas around your home that might be funneling sediment into our lakes or streams? Do want to learn about what plants will thrive in your garden? Do you want to see how rain gardens are installed?

Join AWWA and Springvale Nurseries June 27th at 9 AM for a free hands-on workshop at the Greater Wakefield Resource Center in Union, NH to learn about how our landscapes can help clean the water,  how to select and care for low-maintenance native plants for all conditions and then dig in to help create two on-site rain gardens. Simple rain gardens will not only help prevent runoff but can actually be an attractive part of your landscape design. Sam Wilson of AWWA and Michelle Martin of Springvale Nurseries will be on hand to answer all your healthy lake landscaping questions and demonstrate how to best plan your landscape. We’ll be providing lunch afterward, so please RSVP to info@awwatersheds.org or (603) 473-2500 by June 24. All are welcome!

AWWA 2014 Annual Meeting & Project Tour August 15th

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Join AWWA to celebrate the terrific work of our youth crew and road project partners! On Friday, August 15 the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Project Tour. The brief business meeting will be held at the Province Lake Golf Club off of Route 153 (18 Mountain Road) in Parsonsfield, Maine beginning at 9:30 am. Attendees will then carpool to selected YCC and road project sites around Province Lake. The Youth Conservation Corps crew will describe their work and showcase the effective and attractive erosion control practices they installed at residences along the shore. The tour group will also visit the road project site at the Towle Farm/Bonnyman Road intersection where the Province Lake Association partnered with the UNH Stormwater Center and the Town of Wakefield to fix chronic drainage issues that were sending polluted runoff directly to Province Lake.Towle Farm hole IMG_6046

Registration is requested so we can prepare for carpooling. Please contact AWWA at (603) 473-2500 or info@AWwatersheds.org to register or with questions.

 

Learn How to Save Your Lake!

Stop PicTime to Register!! On Saturday, June 14th, from 8:45-2:30, join experts from both the Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program and the NH Department of Environmental Services to learn about how you can help prevent an invasive aquatic plant infestation in your lake.  This workshop, held in Acton, ME will give you an overview of invasive species issues in Maine and NH, teach you the tricks of identification fundamentals, let you play with live invasive and native aquatic plants and give you the tools to conduct a screening survey.  All workshop participants will receive an Invasive Plant Patroller’s Handbook, Maine’s Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants, and the NHDES Weed Watcher kit. Click here for the agenda.

The workshop is presented in four parts:

  • Overview of invasive species issues in Maine, New Hampshire and beyond (native vs invasive is included in this section).Quote callout
  • Aquatic plants: plant communities; identification fundamentals; ID characteristics of New Hampshire and Maine’s most unwanted and their native look-alikes.
  • Plant identification hands-on exercise with live plants (natives and invasives).
  • Conducting a screening survey: tools; techniques; documentation; certification; and how these programs differ by state

This free workshop is being coordinated by the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) in partnership with the York County Invasive Aquatic Species Project and multiple lake associations from both states.

To register, or for more information, contact AWWA at [603] 473-2500 or info@AWwatersheds.org.