Stormwater

Claire Moss, Stormwater Project Manager
 

2019 Rain Barrel Program

After a successful program in 2018, the Town is again offering residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discount in order to help them manage their water supplies. Barrels are being offered to residents for the discounted price of $59 and will be available for pick up on May 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wakefield Public Works Facility at 35 North Ave. The deadline for purchase is May 9 at midnight. To participate in the Rain Barrel Program and find out more about the barrels, please visit: www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/ and select  Wakefield. 

 

Wakefield STEAM Night

table with blue tablecloth and jars full of pompomsThe tally is in!  We had 140 participants in the 2019 STEAM Night survey asking, "Where do pollutants in Lake Quannapowitt come from?" 
 
Guesses:
  • Litter: 44
  • Goose and dog poop: 29
  • Fertilizer: 27
  • Road chemicals: 26
  • Leaves: 7
  • Detergents: 7

Stormwater carries things like fertilizer, litter, and even leaves into Wakefield's water bodies. While all make an impact, fertilizer is what turns the lake green in the summer.

With this in mind, the Town uses an organic fertilizer called Earth Works 545. Before it’s used, the soil is tested, so as to not apply anything unnecessarily. We also aerate and top-dress with sand, as less compact soils have less runoff. The program has been approved of by Friends of Lake Quannapowitt and the Conservation Commission.

 

Pledge to Scoop the Poop and Get a Free Waste DispenserScoop the Poop campaign logo with collar and paw print

When you register your dog for 2019, simply pledge to pick up after your furry friend and we’ll give you a free waste bag dispenser. The first 1,500 Wakefield residents to bring their completed pledge forms to our Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall will receive the incentive. See the details and get your pledge form here.

 

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