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“Nutrient pollution is a serious problem for rivers and streams throughout Massachusetts, and lawn fertilizer is a significant source of that pollution.  We applaud the Ocean Rivers Institute taking a creative, hands-on approach to this problem, and look forward to the success of this project.”
Julia Blatt
Executive Director
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance


“Nitrogen has disrupted more ecosystems than any other chemical. The Blue Sky Over Massachusetts Contest makes clear why we must and we can stop nitrogen pollution!”
Frances Moore Lappé
Acclaimed author of Diet for a Small Planet
Co-founder of Small Planet Institute


“One of the ways the Governor and state legislature can achieve their worthy goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is capturing and sequestering carbon in healthy lawns, both at home and in our public and private golf courses using non-quick release fertilizers.”
Jack Clarke
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations
Mass Audubon


“Increasing carbon storage in soils is one of the most effective ways to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Grasses with strong, deep root systems put carbon back into the soil as organic matter, require little to no watering and are far more resilient in droughts, and can out-compete weeds more successfully.  While established lawns rarely need fertilizer, when they do, using a slow-release fertilizer once per year will reduce nutrient run-off and pollution of our waterways. This is a simple and cost-effective action people can take to make a difference!”
Alison Field-Juma
Executive Director
OARS: For the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers
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