Monthly Archives: October 2016

Advanced Irrigation Seminars for Certified Professionals on December 12 in Dedham, MA

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Date: December 12, 2016, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm  (Monday)
Location: 60 Stergis Way, Dedham, MA
Registration:  RequiredOnline Registration
Cost:  Discount for IANE Members!

• 7:30am – Water Management for the Irrigation Contractor (6.0 credits):
Seminar will look at how landscape water management is changing the traditional irrigation contractor. We will explore the new control technologies that allow for remote access to even residential irrigation systems and how they can be incorporated into irrigation businesses. There will also be a section that will look at the skills needed to be able to inspect and assess irrigation systems as an important part of managing water in the landscape
• 2:00pm – Is Irrigation the Problem? (2.0 credits):
Wouldn’t you like to be able to tell your customer what the problem is with their lawn when you know it isn’t too dry? This new class will give the New England irrigation contractor the basic tools needed to be able to determine if that problem in the landscape is because it isn’t being irrigated properly or if it is a common pest or disease problem.
• 4:00pm – Advanced Troubleshooting and Techniques for Two Wire Decoder Systems (2.0 credits):
More and more often we are installing and servicing decoder systems in landscape irrigation. Until we develop a solid understanding of how these systems work, it can be very difficult to troubleshoot and repair problems. This seminar will provide solutions for many common problems including some manufacturer specific differences with these types of control systems.


The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this event.

Upcoming New England GROWS Conference Showcases Emerging Trends & Practical Techniques


Upcoming New England GROWS Conference Showcases
Emerging Trends & Practical Techniques for Green Industry Professionals

BOSTON, Mass.- September 1, 2016 – New England Grows, the Northeast’s premier conference and exposition for green industry professionals, today announced its speaker line up for the conference which will be held November 30 – December 2, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

At GROWS, the brightest minds in horticulture, landscape and tree care come together to share their insight and advice with green industry colleagues. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of design, technology, consumer trends and business best practices. From new plant introductions and disease management strategies to employee recruitment and eco-friendly landscapes, New England GROWS covers a wide range of topics.

Acclaimed authors, influential environmentalists and successful entrepreneurs are among the speakers at the conference. Educational highlights include:

* Tracy DiSabato-Aust – internationally acclaimed landscape designer, horticulturist, and best-selling author – will speak on “Designing with Color, Texture & Form” as well as “High Impact, Low-Care Plants.” Ms. DiSabato-Aust will also autograph copies of her popular books at the show.

* As landscape contractor for the award-winning television series, This Old House, Roger Cook, inspires millions with expert advice learned over the course of a lifetime in landscaping. He’ll share his expertise in “Using Natural Stone Construction in the Landscape.”

* What consumer trends will be game changers in the green industry? Trend spotters extraordinaire, Suzi McCoy and Katie McCoy Dubow of the Garden Media Group will unveil their predictions for trends to watch in 2017.

* Popular entomologist and speaker, Michael Raupp, Ph.D. dives deep in a thought-provoking presentation “Can Insect Pests be Managed Organically?” and addresses world-wide concern in “Mosquito Smackdown: What You Can Do to Stop the Bite.”

In all, conference participants may choose from more than 30 educational sessions over the course of three days. Continuing Education Credit from a gamut of professional organizations is available at many sessions.

The GROWS exposition is packed with 400 of today’s leading industry suppliers, ready to make deals, including special GROWS-only offers from select vendors. Green industry professionals can check out the latest solutions, view demos, and get hands-on access to the tools, plants and technology they need to grow their business.

In addition to in-depth conference sessions, interactive educational opportunities are available throughout the show on the expo floor. Attendees can pick up quick information hits at 15-minute Sprint Sessions; take in a training session at the new Safety Arena, check out an emerging trends vignette, or challenge themselves at the plant ID contest.

Registration options start at just $29 for all three days of the show and early registrants realize the most savings. For the complete agenda or to register, visit The GROWS mobile app is available on iTunes or GooglePlay and is a great way to stay up to date with conference details.

About New England GROWS
New England GROWS is powered by the New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association. Its co-sponsor network includes 30 allied green industry organizations. Participation helps New England GROWS support the green industry through annual grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension Systems, the FFA Organization, local horticultural schools, and more.

New England GROWS takes place on November 30 – December 2, 2016, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For the latest information, download the GROWS mobile app; follow New England GROWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; visit or call (508) 653-3009.

New England GROWS 2016
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Wednesday, November 30
Seminars: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exposition: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 1
Seminars: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exposition: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2
Seminars: 8:00 a.m. – 3: 00 p.m.
Exposition: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Drought Conditions Continue for Large Portions of Commonwealth, Western Region Increased to Drought Watch

MA News Update Icon for BlogDrought Conditions Continue for Large Portions of Commonwealth, Western Region Increased to Drought Watch
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary

BOSTON - October 7, 2016 – With large portions of Massachusetts continuing to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average for a seventh straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged for the Central, Northeast and Southeast Regions, and up from a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley in September; and a Drought Watch for the Cape and Islands and Western Massachusetts, up from a Drought Advisory  for Western Massachusetts and unchanged for the Cape and Islands in September. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“Most of Massachusetts received very little precipitation during the month of September, preventing needed relief from the ongoing drought conditions currently being experienced throughout much of the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Water reservoirs, groundwater, streamflow, and soil moisture levels continue to decline, severely impacting the Commonwealth’s riverine habitats and fisheries, agricultural sector, and elevating the risk of fire. Now more important than ever, we all must administer best water conservation practices to avoid additional stress on our drinking water sources and other water dependent habitats.”

“As widespread drought conditions continue into October, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is asking the public, including those with private wells, to conserve water by reducing indoor and outdoor water usage.  Water conservation is necessary to help address the reduced reservoir and ground water levels in many areas of the state,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “In addition, because the extremely dry conditions have increased the threat of brush and wildland fires, the public is urged to exercise extreme caution when using matches, charcoal grills, and other open flames during outdoor activities.”

A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates consecutive months of groundwater, stream flow, and reservoir levels being below normal, and initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. The declaration of a Drought Watch represents extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels resulting from prolonged periods of precipitation deficit, including a lack of snowfall in the winter months.  The declaration of a Drought Watch warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities.

While certain sub-regions within Northeast and Southeast Massachusetts are experiencing much more severe impacts, and areas within the Cape and Islands region are experiencing more optimal conditions, the state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to eliminate or greatly reduce outdoor water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water, fire protection, and crop hydration are being met.

For Regions in Drought Warning:

  • Outdoor water use should be eliminated.

For Regions in Drought Watch:

  • Outdoor water use should be limited to “handheld watering” with a hose or a watering can after 5pm or before 9am (to avoid evaporative losses); and
  • Filling swimming pools, washing cars and washing buildings should be prohibited.

For Regions in Drought Advisory:

  • Outdoor watering with irrigation systems and sprinklers should be limited to no more than one day per week; and
  • Watering with a handheld hose should be limited to after 5pm or before 9 am (to avoid evaporative losses).

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) permits exempt certain water uses from mandatory restrictions, including: for health or safety reasons; the production of food and fiber; the maintenance of livestock; and to meet the core functions of a business. MassDEP continues to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.

“MassDEP strongly encourages suppliers to keep outdoor restrictions in place into October,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The prolonged drought created a significant water deficit that will need time and a return to normal precipitation patterns to replenish.”

To aid farmers and other small businesses, the Baker-Polito Administration launched the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund, and continues to work closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency. As a result of USDA primary agricultural disaster designations due to losses caused by drought, all Massachusetts counties are now eligible for federal emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency to help recover from crop losses. Additionally, all Massachusetts counties are eligible for federal emergency loans as a result of a USDA primary agricultural disaster designation due to crop losses of tree fruits like peaches that were caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May.

“The ongoing drought conditions continue to adversely affect farmers across Massachusetts,” said Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “We are committed to working with these farmers to connect them with the resources they need during this challenging time. Despite the difficult growing conditions, Massachusetts farms, nurseries and greenhouses continue to produce plenty of high-quality agricultural products, and we strongly encourage all residents to buy local this fall to support our hard-working farmers.”

Task Force officials noted that while reservoir levels, especially smaller systems, are low for this time of year, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.

“The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s source reservoirs are still within normal levels; however, the minimal rainfall we have had has not really added up to much,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “We continue to encourage residents and businesses within our service area to conserve water in their daily routine.”

The declaration of a Drought Warning, Drought Watch, and Drought Advisory requires the Drought Management Task Force to meet on a regular basis to more closely assess conditions across the state, coordinate dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare any responses that may be needed in the future. The Task Force will next meet in November. For further information on water conservation and what you can do, visit the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ drought page, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page, and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.

NH Residents Asked To Report Drought-related Economic Impacts

DATE: September 29, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

Report Drought Related Economic Impacts to NHDES

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is now collecting information on economic impacts related to the drought to help assess the location and severity of drought impacts and manage drought response efforts. Homeowners on private wells and public water suppliers, as well as industrial, commercial, institutional and agricultural water users withdrawing water from wells or surfaces waters that have experienced or are experiencing water supply issues are asked to report drought impacts. An electronic survey to report impacts for homeowners on private wells as well as a survey for all other water users has been posted at on the home page under What’s New or on the Drought Management Program webpage:

While southern New Hampshire is experiencing the most severe drought, water shortage issues are occurring across the state and should also be reported. It is unlikely that enough rain to fully recharge water resources in drought areas will be received before this winter. NHDES will continue to collect information on economic impacts associated with the drought until drought conditions are alleviated.


NH Municipalities Urged to Implement Outdoor Watering Bans

DATE: September 16, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

NHDES Is Urging the Public to Conserve and
Municipalities to Implement Outdoor Lawn Watering Bans

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Drought Management Team (DMT), coordinated by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), met today to discuss current drought conditions.  According to the US Drought Monitor, the drought has become significantly worse, with over half the state in drought and the extreme drought moving from the seacoast farther into southern New Hampshire. Low stream flows and low groundwater levels extend beyond the currently designated drought area and are occurring across the state. There has been a significant uptick in reported private well supplies being depleted in all regions of the state and drought conditions have the potential to continue into the winter. Fall and spring are the two seasons relied upon to recharge groundwater and surface waters; therefore, any rain received before winter is needed to recharge the groundwater to help sustain drinking water supplies through the colder months.

Following the DMT meeting, Governor Hassan, representatives of municipalities, and state and federal agencies held a conference call to discuss the drought. NHDES is urging the public to discontinue non-essential outdoor water use and to take efficiency measures indoors. NHDES is also recommending that municipalities implement mandatory lawn watering bans. To assist municipalities, guidance language for implementing a lawn watering ban may be found on the NHDES Drought Management Program webpage (link below).

There are many opportunities indoors that can lead to hundreds of gallons of water savings for families, while also saving money and energy. Some of the greatest savings can be found by replacing old showerheads, toilets, sink aerators and washing machines with EPA WaterSense and Energy Star® certified products. Other very effective ways of eliminating water waste in the house include turning off faucets while washing dishes and hands, only washing full loads of laundry, and fixing a household leak.  Repairing running toilets can save hundreds of gallons a day. For current drought information and water efficiency fact sheets, including efficiency tips, go to , click on the “A-Z” list and scroll down to the NHDES Drought Management Program.