DERRY, N.H. — Landscaping is often blamed for damaging water quality. Removing vegetation, increasing impervious surface, compacting soil, encouraging erosion, and increasing fertilizer and pesticide use can threaten the health of waterbodies that characterize New Hampshire. Fortunately, the impacts of landscaping can be minimized, and in some cases, landscaping can even improve water quality.
On November 3rd and 4th New Hampshire landscapers, landscape designers, watershed groups, conservation commissions, municipal staff and contractors are encouraged to sign up for a hybrid workshop on landscaping for water quality. Over the course of two days, participants will learn how to use ecological concepts and landscape features such as rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to protect lakes, rivers, streams and bays.
The workshop will be held primarily online with one in-person outdoor site assessment on the first day.
The $50 registration fee covers all virtual and in-person sessions and presentations, access to digital materials, and the opportunity to receive recertification credit for the New Hampshire Certified Landscape Professionals Program through New Hampshire Landscape Association (NHLA).
To register and view agenda, go to https://extension.unh.edu/event/2021/11/landscaping-water-quality.
Hosts and sponsors:
UNH Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Landscape Association, NH Sea Grant, NH Soak Up the Rain, and the Town of Derry