New England Grows 2017: November 29 – December 1

2017 NEG Show Header2 editinCCNew England GROWS
November 29 – December 1, 2017
 
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210
 
NewEnglandGROWS.org 
(508) 653-3009

New England GROWS is the largest and most popular horticulture industry event in the Northeast – connecting thousands of today’s nursery, landscape and tree care professionals with top experts and leading suppliers from across the country and around the world. Registration starts as low as $29 for all three days of the show. For details please visit NewEnglandGROWS.org or call (508) 653-3009.

New England GROWS is an educational partnership between 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 grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension Systems, the FFA Organization, local horticultural schools, and more.

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Don’t Delay, Register Today! Aug 29 Residential Irrigation Training in NH

Residential Irrigation Installation Training
Date: August 29 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tues); Rain Date: August 30.;………..
Location: 121 Spaulding Road, Fremont, NH 03044
Cost: $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Gear up for success with hands-on installation of an irrigation system from beginning to end.

  • Design and layout in the field
  • Job flow discussions
  • Sprinkler selection and installation
  • Piping and installation
  • Installation of valves
  • Drip irrigation installation
  • Backflow Installation
  • Scheduling and controller review
  • Tools, job preparation, wire location and more
  • Internet based controller programing

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
LEARN MORE

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Last Call for Golfers!

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… don’t wait until it’s too late!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is WEDNESDAY at NOON
REGISTER HERE

There’s still time to join us at our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA.  We play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes.

And NEW this year . . .

GOLF BALL AIR CANNON – Land Closest to the Pin on the Green and Win!

Powered by compressed air, the golf ball cannon can shoot a golf ball up to 325 yards with no recoil. The golfer whose cannon shot comes the closest to the pin on the green receives a 1-week resort getaway certificate for two. (Sponsored by Rain Bird)

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS

ATLANTIC IRRIGATION SPECIALTIES
C.PINE ASSOCIATES
HUNTER / FX LUMINAIRE
LARCHMONT ENGINEERING & IRRIGATION
NORTHEAST TURF & IRRIGATION SUPPLY
PAIGE ELECTRIC
SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY
THE TORO COMPANY
Don’t see your name? Don’t worry!

MAJOR SPONSORSHIPS and HOLE SPONSORSHIPS are still available HERE!

S I L E N T   A U C T I O N   D O N A T I O N S  are VERY much appreciated!

Contact Tim A. Smith directly with any questions and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS: 508-359-7022 ext. 204 or Tim@Moisturetek.com

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R A F O U R S O M E AND S A V E $90!
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Residential Irrigation Installation Training – Fremont, NH; Aug 29

Residential Irrigation Installation Training
Date: August 29 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tues); Rain Date:  August 30.;………..
Location: 121 Spaulding Road, Fremont, NH  03044
Cost: $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Gear up for success with hands-on installation of an irrigation system from beginning to end.

  • Design and layout in the field
  • Job flow discussions
  • Sprinkler selection and installation
  • Piping and installation
  • Installation of valves
  • Drip irrigation installation
  • Backflow Installation
  • Scheduling and controller review
  • Tools, job preparation, wire location and more
  • Internet based controller programing

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
LEARN MORE

Register NOW StarRegister Online or Download Registration Form

Golf Registration: Join Us on August 17

Golfer Icon for BlogThere’s still time to join us at our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA.

Take a well deserved break from the busy season.  It is a fun and relaxing day.  We play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes.  And NEW this year . . .

GOLF BALL AIR CANNON –  Land Closest to the Pin on the Green and Win!!

Powered by compressed air, the golf ball cannon can shoot a golf ball up to 325 yards with no recoil. The golfer whose cannon shot comes the closest to the pin on the green receives a 1-week resort getaway certificate for two.  (Sponsored by Rain Bird)

THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  MAJOR  SPONSORS

ATLANTIC   IRRIGATION   SPECIALTIES
C.PINE   ASSOCIATES
HUNTER  /  FX  LUMINAIRE
NORTHEAST   TURF  &  IRRIGATION   SUPPLY
PAIGE ELECTRIC
SITEONE   LANDSCAPE   SUPPLY
Don’t see your name?  Don’t worry!

There’s still time to become a supporter:

MAJOR   SPONSORSHIPS   and   HOLE   SPONSORSHIPS  are  still  available  HERE!

S I L E N T    A U C T I O N    D O N A T I O N S  are  VERY  much  appreciated!

Contact Tim A. Smith directly with any questions and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS:   508-359-7022 ext. 204  or  Tim@Moisturetek.com

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R   A   F O U R S O M E   AND   S A V E  $90!
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Register NOW! Register HERE!

GOLF Registration Now Open!

Golfer Icon for BlogThis year we will host our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA. We will play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes. Join us for a well deserved break from the busy season. It is a fun and relaxing day. Besides where else can you hang out with over 100 other people who actually understand what you do and why you do it?!

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R   A   F O U R S O M E   AND   S A V E  $90!
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Register NOW!   Register HERE!

Commercial Irrigation Installation Training – So. Dennis, MA: July 25, 2017

Commercial Irrigation Installation Training
Date:           July 25 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tuesday)…………………
Location:    Johnny Kelly Park, 180 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, MA
Cost:           $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Learn from industry pro’s with hands-on installation of a baseball field in Dennis, MA from beginning to end.

  •  Design and Layout in the field
  •  Job flow discussions
  •  Sprinkler selection and installation
  •  Piping and installation
  •  Installation of valves
  •  PVC solvent welding
  •  2 Wire system discussion
  •  Scheduling and controller review
  •  Tools, job preparation, wire locating and more

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
LEARN MORE

Register NOW StarRegister Online  or Download Registration Form

Drought Conditions Across the Commonwealth Return to Normal

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Drought Conditions Across the Commonwealth Return to Normal
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Media Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – May 11, 2017 – With above normal precipitation at the end of March, all of April and the beginning of this month, all indices across the Commonwealth have recovered fully. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: Normal Condition levels for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Advisory in the month of April, and unchanged for the Western Region. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.

“With the state experiencing above average precipitation for the past few months, and the continuation of best water conservation practices administered by the public, the Commonwealth’s water systems have finally reached normal conditions after two plus years of running a deficit,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Now that the outdoor watering season has begun, we must all remain diligent in our conservation practices to ensure that when prolonged dry conditions occur in the future, the state’s reservoirs, groundwater, soil moisture and streamflow systems aren’t further stressed, allowing them to recover quickly.”

“While we are pleased that drought conditions have ended for now, residents are encouraged to make indoor and outdoor water conservation a way of life to help preserve this essential resource.” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

Normal Condition levels, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan
file size 1MB, indicates precipitation and groundwater levels that have returned to normal, and warrants routine data collection and distribution amongst government agencies.

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The state continues to monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. As the Commonwealth transition’s into the growing and watering season, the state reminds residents to think carefully about what they plant, encourages good landscape practices, recommends watering plants only early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, residents are asked to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to sustain our water supplies and have enough for the environment.

“The Quabbin Reservoir remains slightly below normal, but the level continues to rise,” said Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is still important for our customers to conserve water, particularly as the weather warms up and outdoor usage starts to increase.”

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will continue to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies.

“Despite the lifting of the drought advisory, we will continue to offer technical assistance to public water suppliers and communities across the Commonwealth to help them manage their water resources,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “And as we move into the warm-weather months, when water use is at its peak, we encourage water suppliers to work with their customers to continue their efforts to use water wisely.”

The declaration of a Normal Condition means that the Drought Management Task Force no longer meets on a regular basis; however, state agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess conditions across the state, coordinate any needed dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare additional responses that may be needed in the future. For further information on water conservation and what residents 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.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

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100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114-2119 – (617) 626-1000 office / (617) 626 1181 (fax)

Portion of Commonwealth Returns to Normal Drought Level, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Portion of Commonwealth Returns to Normal Drought Level, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Media Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – April 14, 2017 – While the month of March started to see higher levels of precipitation across the Commonwealth, a majority of the state continues to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Advisory for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region in the month of March, and unchanged for the Central and Northeast Regions and the Cape and Islands. Additionally, Secretary Beaton declared Normal Conditions for the Western Region, down from a Drought Advisory in the month of March. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“Even with widespread rain conditions recently experienced throughout Massachusetts, the state as a whole has not fully rebounded from over two years of a precipitation deficit,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “It is difficult for periods of heavy rain to absorb into the ground to impact hydrological systems, and as a result, it is still important to incorporate best water conservation practices into our daily lives to not stress water systems.”

“While recent precipitation has helped to reduce the severity of the drought in parts of the state, drought conditions continue and the public is urged to take steps to reduce both indoor and outdoor water usage,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Additionally, brush and wildland fires often occur during the spring and with dry conditions, the public is urged to exercise extreme caution when using matches, charcoal grills, and other open flames during outdoor activities.”

A Drought Advisory, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan format of Drought Management Plan file size 1MB, indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.

drought-state-wide-map 04-17-2017The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. As the Commonwealth transition’s into the growing and watering season, the state reminds residents to think carefully about what they plant, encourages good landscape practices, recommends watering plants only early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Furthermore, residents are asked reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to stretch our water supplies. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to stretch our water supplies into the summer.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (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.

“Public water suppliers across the Commonwealth are good stewards of the environment,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “As the spring and summer seasons approach, MassDEP will continue to work with local water systems.”

Task Force officials also noted the lack of snow pack in March that would typically result in slow recharge of the ground. Additionally, officials noted that while reservoir levels are recovering during this natural recharge period, some are still below normal. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.

“The recent rainfall has certainly helped, but the Quabbin Reservoir remains below the normal level for this time of year,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is important that customers in our service area continue to conserve water, particularly as the warmer summer season approaches, so that the reservoir can fully recover to normal levels.”

The declaration of a 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 May. 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.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

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Follow EEA on Twitter:………… www.twitter.com/masseea
View downloadable photographs on Flickr:………… www.flickr.com/photos/masseea/sets
Visit the Energy Smarts blog:…………………………… www.mass.gov/blog/energy
Visit The Great Outdoors blog:…………………………… www.mass.gov/blog/greatoutdoors
Visit our website:…………………………………………….. www.mass.gov/eea

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114-2119 – (617) 626-1000 office / (617) 626 1181 (fax)

Drought Conditions Improve Across Commonwealth, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Drought Conditions Improve Across Commonwealth, Water Deficit Continues Throughout State
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Media Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – March 10, 2017 – While many areas of the state experienced some levels of precipitation in February, a majority of the state continues to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region, down from a Drought Warning in the month of February; and a Drought Advisory for the Western, Central, and Northeast Region as well as the Cape and Islands, down from a Drought Watch for the Western and Central Regions in the month of February, and unchanged for the Northeast Region and Cape and Islands. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“While we remain cautiously optimistic of recent rain events, the Commonwealth is still in the midst of a long-term drought, which has resulted in a precipitation deficit over the course of more than two years,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration asks that the public continues to monitor indoor home water usage by fixing leaks in their system and practicing best water conservation methods in order to allow the state’s water systems to further rebound.”

“Drought conditions across the Commonwealth improved over the past month as a result of precipitation and the public’s water conservation efforts.  Nonetheless, the drought persists and it remains critical that the public continues to conserve water,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Additionally, with spring and summer fast approaching, and the likelihood of drought conditions continuing for the foreseeable future, now is the time to plan for, and implement outdoor water conservation measures to offset the expected seasonal increase in the demand for water to support recreational and agricultural activities.”

A Drought Watch, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan file size 1MB, warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies. drought-state-wide-map 03-01-2017The 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 reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to stretch our water supplies into the spring.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (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.

“After several months of near normal precipitation we have seen conditions improve, but we are still dealing with a deficit acquired over the last two years,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “The next two months are especially important to ensure that we enter the heavy water-use season with conditions as near-normal as possible. We ask for people’s continued attention to conservation and advise everyone to be aware of any specific limitations imposed by their local public water system.”

Task Force officials also noted the lack of snow pack at this time of the year that would typically result in slow recharge of the ground during the winter and spring months. Additionally, officials noted that while reservoir levels are recovering during this natural recharge period, some are still below normal. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.

“Unfortunately, we did not get much of a snowpack in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed and the recent rains seemed to have missed it as well,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is going to be increasingly important that residents and businesses practice conservation measures as we start getting into the warmer months.”

The declaration of a Drought Watch, and a 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 April. 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.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

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Follow EEA on Twitter:………… www.twitter.com/masseea
View downloadable photographs on Flickr:………… www.flickr.com/photos/masseea/sets/
Visit the Energy Smarts blog:…………………………… www.mass.gov/blog/energy
Visit The Great Outdoors blog:……………………………www.mass.gov/blog/environment
Visit our website:…………………………………………….. www.mass.gov/eea

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114-2119 – (617) 626-1000 office / (617) 626 1181 (fax)