Neighborhood Greening

Dedicated to Community Environmental Education and Stewardship

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Harnessing the spirit of residents, schools, places of worship, organizations, and businesses to create a greener community.

Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect Journal

Stormwater: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

What Do You Know about the Water in the Pond Near Your House + Salt, Grass Clippings, Leaves, and Fertilizer?

Did you know stormwater does not go to a wastewater treatment facility? Pollutants that go down the storm drain on the streets where you live, such as salt, grass clippings, leaves, pet waste, fertilizers, pesticides, and residue from automobiles, are funneled untreated to the nearest waterbody.

This Pooch is Precious but Her Poo Isn’t

You love your pooch but its waste is an environmental pollutant—so much so that the EPA has put it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals. Always bag it up and throw it in the trash (or flush it down the toilet if you have petit pooch poo and aren’t on a septic system). Pet waste is full of microorganisms that are both pathogenic to humans and resistant to several classes of antibiotics. (more…)

Your Garden “Still Works” in the Winter

It’s hard for many gardeners to resist “cleaning up” their gardens in the fall or spring. But many moths and butterflies overwinter as caterpillars, pupae, and even adults in the soil surface, leaf litter, dead plants, twigs, and other hiding places in the garden. Other insects such as native bees, beetles, and more, need “messy” habitat to survive–year round. (more…)

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