Upcoming EARTH DAY projects and education !!

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Upcoming EARTH DAY projects and education !!

Postby bferrari on Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:55 pm


Below is a message from Kyle Boyd, the Town Planner, with information about Earth Day coming up.

Earth Day, April 22nd, is right around the corner! I wanted to check in and let you know what is planned for the day here in Tewksbury. Basically, there are going to be two major components to Earth Day: projects and education. There are four extremely important environmental projects that will be going on at four different locations throughout Town being completed by environmental leaders and volunteers, both of which I am extremely grateful for (we could use additional help!!). The other exciting component to Earth Day is from 12-5pm on the Town Common. There will be different boards, committees, and nonprofits on the common educating the public on exactly what their involvement is in Town and how residents can get involved to advance their initiatives that really do make an impact on our future! There will also be food providers : )

Here are the planned projects:

1) Long Pond Rain Garden Clean Up project- around Long Pond there are 25 rain gardens and bioswales. Rain gardens and bioswales are stormwater structures that work differently in comparison to conventional stormwater systems. Instead of piping stormwater and having it cleaned somewhere else, a rain garden is made up of plants that actually like to filter the ‘bad stuff’. Instead of the conventional system you get a nice garden that does a more efficient and environmentally beneficial job of filtering stormwater. These rain gardens and bioswales were installed two years ago as part of a 319 Stormwater grant from the EPAà(https://www.epa.gov/lakes/clean-water-act-section-319 to help save Long Pond. On earth Day, the Conservation Agent in Town as well as members of different Boards in Town and volunteers will be working to maintain these structures.

2) Chandler Well Fields Bay Circuit Trail Work- The Bay Circuit Trail was first envisioned in 1929 and today consists of a trail network spanning from Plum Island to Kingston Bay http://www.baycircuit.org/maps-guides/ . Many Tewksbury residents may be unaware that Tewksbury is actually one of the missing links in completing this 230 mile trail network. If you click on the above link for the Bay Circuit Trail, you will see a dotted green line running through Tewksbury indicating we are still a ‘proposed route’ while the rest of the route, almost all of it, is red indicating it is a ‘dedicated trail’. On Earth Day this year, Eagle Scouts will be completing a 75 foot boardwalk at the Chandler Well Fields, bringing us one step closer to completing the proposed trail. In addition, Tewksbury leaders, board members, and volunteers will be out at the parcel working to enhance the proposed route.

3) Foster Park River Park- I am excited to be leading the work that will be going on out at Foster Park (http://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/open-space- ... ation-area) on Earth Day (sorry this link is so long!). This 23 acre parcel sits along the Shawsheen River and has been neglected from maintenance over the past several decades. Myself as well as other environmental leaders, as well as my friends, will be working to blaze a few new trails along the parcel and clean up all the dead tree debris that has accumulated. It is our hopes that by doing this we will be able to provide a nice area for wild life viewing, establish an area to launch kayaks, and create a river park that will serve to the benefit of all Tewksbury outdoor enthusiasts.

4) 2000 Whipple Road Kayak Launch/Serenity Park- This small parcel that sits on the Shawsheen River was purchases by the Conservation Commission in 2012. There was a small abandoned house on the parcel that has since been taken down. To our fortune, a member of the New England Wildflower Society & Tewksbury resident designed a landscape plan for the parcel. At the last Conservation Commission hearing the Commission approved the plan as well as funding to implement the plan which includes native trees, a kiosk, a picnic table, a bench, and a sign for kayakers to know that they can stop and hang out. On Earth Day, members of different boards and committees as well as volunteers will be working to install facets of this plan!!

How to Get Involved: If you are interested in helping in any of the above projects please use this sign up genius link where you will be directed to the four different project choices https://goo.gl/KcCBTn. If you have any questions about the projects in which you need more information before signing up please feel free to contact me directly at 978-640-4370 extension 236. If you are looking to get involved but not interested in any of these projects please come out to the common between 12pm and 5pm as there will be plenty of opportunities with different organizations looking for support! If you know of anyone interested in getting involved or setting up a booth on the common please spread the word!!!


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Re: Upcoming EARTH DAY projects and education !!

Postby swamper on Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:23 pm


ALL HANDS ON DECK!! There are still open slots available for volunteers THIS Saturday, 4/22 EARTH DAY 2017 ! Just use the sign up genius link ^^above^^. PLEASE consider helping out at this worthwhile community event! Come join me at the festivities on Town Common 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hope to see you there!
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We are pleased to share details of a FREE recycling event

Postby bferrari on Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:00 pm

Happy Earth Day Week!

We are pleased to share details of a FREE recycling event hosted by Whole Foods in Andover TOMORROW, FRIDAY, APRIL 21st, from 1-6pm.

M&K Recovery of North Andover will be on hand to recycle many categories of electronics (EXCLUDING TVs and computer monitors), including computers, laptops, printers, tablets, cell phones, keyboards, cabling, cameras, and stereos at NO CHARGE.

Additionally, Project Home Again of Lawrence will graciously accept your donations of gently used household goods including furniture, linens (sheets, blankets, comforters, towels), pots and pans, dish sets, drinking glasses, silverware, clean and working small kitchen and household appliances, countertop microwaves, books, CDs, DVDs and videogames.

Clothing/textiles, printer cartridges, and batteries will also be collected. Fluorescent light bulb disposal is limited to 6 bulbs per vehicle and is offered ONLY to Andover residents. There are no residency requirements for anything other than the light bulbs.

This Earth Day event will be held in the parking lot at Whole Foods Market, 40 Railroad Street, Andover. Please see the attached flyer for full details.

Upcoming Recycling/Donating/Shredding Events:

Saturday, April 29th - Free Shredding Event, Enterprise Bank, 9am-12pm, 290 Merrimack St., Lawrence
Saturday, May 6th - Andover's Zero Waste Day, 9am-12pm, Brickstone Plaza
Saturday, September 23rd - Tewksbury's Zero Waste Day, 9am-1pm, Wynn Middle School

Facebook Users: Please LIKE our Zero Waste Day, Tewksbury page thru this link, and please RSVP to our 9th Annual Zero Waste Day event thru this link.

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Re: Upcoming EARTH DAY projects and education !!

Postby Friendofthetown on Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:07 pm

Amazing turnout and huge projects accomplished! Approximately 100 people showed up to help! Let's keep up the momentum- if you couldn't come out today please help on Clean Up Day May 6 9am-2p -stop in at the common to get supplies then pick a stretch of roadway or other location to clean. The Beautification committee works to keep the litter situation at bay here in town twice a year. Stay tuned as more opportunities will be coming up to help trails, kayak launch, open space work and more clean up efforts through out the town. We have so many acres of space available for enjoyment - get out and learn what this town has to offer!

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