Services & Resources for Greenscapes Communities


  • Outreach and Education – This year Greenscapes is focusing on sending information to residents and dog walkers on issues related to pet waste.
  • In-school program “Keeping Water Clean”. This meets several of the state STEAM standards and is geared for 5th grade. We travel to schools in our member communities and bring hands on displays and models which build upon the pre-program material that we provide to schools.
  • Presentations available to members: Greenscapes 101, Why Stormwater Matters, Slow the Flow and regional workshops.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • Greenscapes 101: Create a Healthier Landscape
        • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 7:00pm at Memorial Hall Library in Andover
          Learn how to transform your lawn and gardens into “Greenscapes.” Established Greenscapes have plants and turf with deep roots, which are naturally resistant to drought, weeds, and disease. Greenscapes are good for you, your wallet and your environment in many ways. By following the recommendations in this presentation, you will:
          • Save money on your water bills;
          • Nurture a safe environment for your family;
          • Create more habitat for wildlife;
          • Enjoy more free time by doing less landscape maintenance;
          • Reduce stormwater pollution; and
          • Protect your community’s water resources.
          Rusty Russell, executive director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council will be giving this presentation.
  • Permitting Compliance: Pre-planning for the 5-year Public Education and Outreach Plan for the MS4 Notice of Intent permitting requirements. We are working with our Greenscapes members on developing public messaging for waterbody areas within their communities that are considered to be impaired

Learn More


  • Click on the arrows below to view our two Public Service Announcements “Stormwater Rubber Duckies” from Greenscapes North Shore Coalition (length 0:43) and “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution” Video (length 1:49).

  • One of our Greenscapes staff experts was featured on This Old House.

Greenscapes Materials:

  • The Greenscapes Guide is a 16-page resource that contains everything you ever wanted to know about Greenscaping!    Download a complete copy now! (requires Adobe Reader)
  • Be a Greenscaper – Take the Greenscapes pledge to care for your yard using water-conserving techniques that will provide you a beautiful, healthy yard.
  • Creating a Healthy Yard – Learn why going organic is the healthy way to go, and how to go about transitioning from chemicals to organic!
  • Top 10 Ways to Make Your Irrigation System More Efficient – You could save potentially hundreds of dollars and thousands of gallons of water by making sure your irrigation system is working efficiently and not running when it’s raining, as so many do!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.