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Environment: Students Offer Design Solutions for Marstons Mills River Corridor

Filed in Environment, NEWS HEADLINES by on October 16, 2017 0 Comments • views: 498

Plants have a lot to contend with here on Cape Cod – acidic soil, salty air, and they must be tolerant of occasional drought. But, landscaping with native plants can translate into less work for you. Once established, native plants don’t need as much fertilizer, water, or pesticides to thrive. And because of this, they are better for the environment.

Some experts say that large, lush lawns are out of place on Cape Cod, and are harmful to our delicate ecosystem. An effort to re-introduce native landscaping to our region could prove beneficial to our bays and estuaries.

A group of ten University of Massachusetts graduate students, under the tutelage of Landscape Architecture Professor Jack Ahern, have been studying various sites along the Marstons Mills river to discover if a return to native landscaping could positively impact the region.

Students examined different sites along the Marstons Mills river corridor, including small and large properties, cranberry bogs, and stormwater drainage.


This Tuesday night, students will present their findings, in the form of an idea palate outlining thoughts and ideas for improving sites along the Marstons Mills river.

“Cleaning Up the Bays: Investigating Design Solutions along the Marstons Mills River Corridor” will be held on Tuesday October 17 at the Osterville Village Library.




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