Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Green Neighbor Family Fest 2017!

UPDATE: Because of Saturday’s weather forecast, we are moving all festival activities into the Deering High School gym. The gym is located at the back of the school.

Spring is just around the corner, which means it's almost time for our 6th annual Green Neighbor Family FestJoin us on April 22nd at Deering High School to celebrate Earth Day and clean water with hands on activities, live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, and more! Not to mention, the festivities are FREE and fun for the whole family.

Stop by the festival early to help cheer on the finishers of the Urban Runoff 5K race and walk. The Urban Runoff helps raise awareness of water pollution and supports clean water education programs in local schools.  Learn more at

Added Bonus: Learn about ways to become a green neighbor and be entered into our festival raffle. Last year's winners won Maine State Park passes just in time to venture out for the summer. Stay tuned to find out what this year's give away will be!

Green Neighbor Family Fest

 Saturday, April 22nd | 9:30am - 12:30pm

Deering High School, Portland


Thursday, November 3, 2016

A New Approach

When we embarked on cleaning up Capisic Brook in 2011, our focus was to help residents make good choices to reduce pollution from their properties. We've had a lot of fun chatting with you all about healthy lawn care, where to dispose of leaves and brush, and the importance of picking up your pet's waste. We are excited to see the changes residents of Capisic Brook neighborhoods are making for clean water!

We think now is the time to try something new. There are several schools close to the Brook. We know students get excited about being outside and exploring their local environment, so we're giving them the opportunity to do just that! Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, we'll be working with teachers and students from Hall Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, and Deering High School to teach students about clean water and ways students, parents, and community members can help keep water clean. Each initiative at these schools will include  "service learning," where students learn by working on a project that benefits the community.

Hall School students will be writing and illustrating a story walk with a clean water message. The walk will be installed on their school grounds for students and community members to enjoy.

Longfellow Elementary School students will participate in the Youth YardScaping program for the third year, where they will learn about healthy lawn care practices that won't pollute the Brook. They'll share what they've learned at their spring fair in 2017.

Deering High School students will help assess the healthy of the Brook by conducting various tests and learning the stream life in the Brook.

We'll still be at community fairs to talk about clean water, and the 6th annual Green Neighbor Family Fest is already scheduled for April 22, 2017 (Earth Day!). We're also still here to answer your questions about lawn care, reducing runoff, and being good land and water stewards. Give us a call (207-892-4700) or drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Harvest in the Hood 2016 is here!

Join us Saturday at "Harvest in the Hood" in Portland for local food, art, music, and more! We'll be talking healthy lawn care and making "Muddy Buddies" for kids to take home. Check out details below. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Storm Drain Art Comes to Portland!

Mural design by local artist, Jada Fitch.
Storm drains line our streets and parking lots to collect rain water and carry it to our local waterways, so why not make them a little more fun? The City of Portland is adding artwork and clean water messages to the storm drains. Check out the Leland Street sidewalk next to Memorial Stadium to see the newly installed artwork!

Why? Aside from being fun to look at, this storm drain art is custom made as a reminder that our storm drains flow directly into our waterways without being cleaned. As rainwater or melted snow flows over hard surfaces, like roads, sidewalks, and parking lots, it picks up pollutants along the way. This pollution includes pet waste, salt, sand, fertilizer, weed and bug killers, and more. The pollutants and water makes their way through our storm drains and out into local streams, rivers, and the ocean. Here in Portland, that means pollution can easily find its way into Casco Bay!

Here are 3 simple things Portland residents are doing to help keep Casco Bay clean:

  1. Cleaning Up After Pets - Bag it AND trash it.
  2. Car Washing Smart - Avoid soapy water runoff by washing on the lawn or going to a commercial car wash.
  3. Healthy Lawn Care Practices - Reduce your use of fertilizer and weed and bug killers - check out Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District's YardScape page for more info.
Kat Munson from the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
installs a storm drain mural.

Mural installed on Leland Street sidewalk.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

5th Annual Green Neighbor Family Fest - April 23rd

Join us for Earth Day fun at the 5th annual Green Neighbor Family Fest! Take part in hands-on activities about water, learn steps to becoming a green neighbor, and have an all-around good time!

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Deering High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland
Cost: FREE!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for face painting, live music, and fun activities about clean water, healthy soil, clean energy, and other "green" themes! It's sure to be a fantastic time!

The Green Neighbor Family Fest is held in conjunction with the Urban Runoff 5k, which raises awareness of water pollution and supports clean water education programs in local schools. Learn more at

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Compost Bin update

A mailing about yard waste was recently sent to residents who live near Capisic Brook. The postcard recommended composting yard waste and stated that compost bins may be purchased from the City. Unfortunately, the City of Portland is not selling compost bins in 2015.

The City of Westbrook has a limited number of compost bins available for purchase. Visit their website for more information.

We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience.

Healthy Lawn Care Workshop at Brentwood Farms

Credit: Brentwood Farms Community Garden
Join your friends, neighbors, and fellow community gardeners on Saturday, June 13th for a healthy lawn care workshop at the Brentwood Farms Community Gardens

Learn how to grow a beautiful lawn by using less fertilizer and without weed and bug killers.

Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Location: 200 Brentwood Street, Portland

Coffee and muffins will be provided - we hope to see you there!