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!