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Question: What are the names of the 9 watersheds in Sudbury?


Cutting, Frost Farm, Goodnow, Great Meadows, Nobscot, Pelham Island, Powder Mill, Wayside, Woodside

Question: How can I get my soil tested and why is this a good idea?


A soil test can be a valuable tool in assessing your lawn’s nutritional balance and as an aid to protecting the environment and saving money by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. For more … More

Question: What is the strange-looking orange machine I saw on the Sudbury River?


This is an aquatic weed harvester owned by the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge used to help combat invasive aquatic plants on the Sudbury River. The harvester has also been generously loaned to neighboring towns … More

Question: A pond near me is covered by green scum in the summer. What causes this and should I be worried about it?


This is caused by an excess of nutrients in the water and is called eutrophication. For an overview see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutrophication The green scum is an algal bloom that results from the high nutrient levels and … More

Question: I have a pond (or stream) on my property and would like to remove some trees and shrubs along the edge. Are there any restrictions I should be aware of?


Any alteration of land bordering waters is regulated by state law. A well defined procedure must be followed before any action is taken. The law can be found at: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/131-40.htm For more information or to … More

Question: I am having flooding problems on my property due to beaver activity in the area. What can I do?


Dealing with problems caused by beavers is controlled by state law. The following site gives detailed explanations of the options available and the procedures that must be followed. It is important to understand both the … More

Question: What are some ways to have an eco-friendly lawn?


Here are some links to helpful tips: Quick summary: http://www.stormwatermatters.org/lawn.html Verbose details: http://www.richsoil.com/lawn-care.jsp

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