Author: mbarrett

Using the right de-icer this winter

When snow melts, salt and de-icer flows down storm drains and straight into our waterways. Help keep these chemicals out of our water by shoveling snow first, using acetate-based de-icers instead of chloride-based, and using de-icer sparingly! For more information about reducing stormwater pollution click here. For information about Woburn Winter Weather Advisories click here. … Continued

Can the Grease!

  I know, I can’t believe the holidays are here already!  So with all that extra cooking you’re doing in the next few weeks please remember, all that cooking grease shouldn’t go down the drain.  Fats, oils and grease, also known as FOG, congeal in the sewer system and can cause sewer back-ups either in … Continued

Bag your Leaves!

Autumn is here!  That means it’s a good time to remember that fallen leaves can clog catch basins and add too much organic material to our waterways all at the same time! Bag or compost your leaves, but do not rake them into the street or dump them down storm drains! Blocking storm drains can … Continued

Massachusetts Alert! Level 3-Critical Drought

Despite recent rain events, the majority of Massachusetts is still in a Level 3 – Critical Drought status, as described below.  All residents and businesses should continue to do whatever they can to conserve water.  For tips on conserving water at home, click here! The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared … Continued

The Problem with Pet Waste

Do Your “Doody” for Clean Water: Scoop the Poop! Getting outside with your four-footed best friend is great for them and you, but please remember to clean up after them! You hate stepping in it. And fish hate swimming in it. Always pick up after your pet to prevent harmful bacteria from ending up in … Continued

Massachusetts Alert! Level 3-Critical Drought

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Northeast and Central Regions of the Commonwealth, which includes the City of Woburn. With over five months of below normal rainfall, drought has set in all across the state, and intensified in some regions.  Streamflow is … Continued

What do YOU do with grass clippings?

Summer is upon us and the grass is growing.  When you mow your lawn, be sure to keep grass clippings out of storm drains! Instead, leave the clippings on the ground, compost them to make a natural fertilizer, or bag them for pick up. Want more tips? For more tips, watch the video below, or … Continued

Massachusetts Drought Alert!

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in the Northeast and Southeast Regions of the Commonwealth, which includes Woburn. The current drought status is due to over three months of below normal rainfall.  The last declared drought was from January-August of 2021.  As drought conditions worsen and … Continued

Stop the Spread-Spotted Lanternfly

Notice: Spotted Lanternfly and Nursery Stock (from MDAR) Last year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) detected populations of the  invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in multiple locations throughout the state. Since this is the time of year that nurseries are receiving shipments of stock for the spring planting season, MDAR … Continued

Trash in water

Ever wonder how trash gets in our rivers and streams?  Here’s a short video about just how all that trash ends up in our rivers, streams and ponds.  And remember, #onlyraindownthedrain     Looking for ideas on how you can help with trash and other sources of stormwater pollution? Pick up pet waste Put trash … Continued

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