Welcome To Mashpee Environmental Coalition

MEC´s monthly board meeting schedule

Board meetings are held at the Mashpee Public Library on the second Thursday of each month

4:00pm to 5:45 pm.  ( Driving Directions )

The next meeting dates will be

Thursday, September 10, 2015 ** Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015

All are welcome

If the Library closes on our meeting day, the MEC meeting will be canceled.

News and Events

2015 ANNUAL MEETING

logo for postYou are invited to the 2015 ANNUAL MEETING
On Thursday, September 10, 2015; 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Mashpee Public Library Conference Room
64 Steeple Street, Mashpee, MA

 

Join your friends and neighbors as we discuss important environmental concerns and what we can do about them!

For more information contact Virginia Scharfenberg @ 508-889-7172; [email protected]

Mashpee Enacts Lawn Fertilizer Regulations

After overwhelming approval at Town Meeting, unanimous approval by the Cape Cod Commission and approval by the Attorney General, the Town of Mashpee has now added lawn fertilizer regulations to the Town Code.  These regulations strongly recommend that only one to two pounds of nitrogen be applied per 1,000 square feet of lawn area.  Phosphorus in lawn fertilizers should only be applied on new lawns or lawns where a soil test indicates a real need.

This Nitrogen Control Bylaw, Chapter 107 of the Town Code, includes the following performance standards that anyone who fertilizes their lawn areas must abide by:

  1. Nitrogen fertilizer cannot be applied between October 30th and April 14th of each year.
  2. Any fertilizer applied to impervious surfaces, such as roads, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots, must completely remove all of the fertilizer applied to that surface.
  3. No applications of fertilizer are allowed within 24 hours of a heavy rain event or on soils that are saturated with water.
  4. No applications of nitrogen fertilizer within 100 feet of a waterway.  If there is a 50 foot wide naturally vegetated buffer strip, fertilizer can be applied up to that 500 buffer zone.

Violators are subject to fines of up to $300 for multiple offenses.  To see the complete Bylaw, go to http://mashpeema.virtualtownhall.net/pages/MashpeeMA_Webdocs/NitrogenBylaw.pdf .

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