We are calling for regulation of fertilizer on established lawns, for bylaws that limit fertilizer use to no more than a half pound of slow-release nitrogen fertilizer a year.
Inform a Massachusetts town or city, of your choosing, about the fatal harms of the herbicide Roundup.
Call for a bylaw banning the use of RoundUp and stopping the runoff of fertilizer.
Water, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Water is a shared resource that brings people together. Just as people in Massachusetts are modifying their lawn care practices to improve water quality throughout their communities, responsible water management (stewardship) can be advanced by informed peacebuilding in communities around the world.

"Water is a critical ingredient in the prosperity of the planet," says the woman narrating a new animated short from the Wilson Center and USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

"Water is critical to issues of peace and conflict. Lessons learned from cases around the world illustrate how investments in good water management can help build peace, and at the same time how investing in peace can help meet water challenges."

"Good water management is conflict management with opportunities for communities to come together, important stepping stones towards a broader peace. Communities can better adapt to water related stresses with resilience building benefits."

"Collaboration and trust are also central to successful natural resource management, lowering vulnerability to water scarcity, food insecurity, and land degradation. Environmental peace-building requires all of us."

Spring Semester Interns Isobel Rounovski and Hunter Lambert

Spring semester interns Hunter Lambert and Isobel Rounovski talk with Rob about cleaning the waters of Massachusetts.

We are calling on municipalities to modify their lawn care practices to stop nitrogen pollution. 

Hunter explained the benefits of applying only one-half pound of slow-release nitrogen fertilizer in the fall, instead of the industry recommended five pounds per thousand square feet of lawn. This will also result in grass having healthier and deeper root systems. 80% or greater slow-release nitrogen also benefits soil microbes.

Isobel talked about the necessity of banning the use of the herbicide Roundup. 
Roundup was found responsible for a school groundskeeper developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. There are alternatives to this. A homemade herbicide can be made from a gallon of vinegar, cup of salt, and a tablespoon of dish soap.

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