Category Archives: Environment

The Power of Flowers Project

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to enriching the lives of others by harnessing the proven power of flowers to lift spirits and promote healing. Our recipients are people who are lonely, isolated, ill, or simply going through a rough patch.

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Merrimack Valley Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Merrimack Valley Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (MVLPPP) was established in 1976, as a provider to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). Originally, the service area covered Greater Lawrence communities. In 1979, the program expanded to Greater Haverhill and Greater Lowell serving a total of twenty-three (23) communities with emphasis to the core neighborhoods of Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill and Methuen. The MVLPPP provides a full range of preventive services to children and their families, and others with an interest in the prevention of childhood lead poisoning. Contact Carmen Torres, Program Director GLCAC, Inc. Merrimack Valley Lead Poisoning Prevention Program 305 Essex St. Lawrence, MA 01840 978-681-4940 FAX: 978-681-4943 leadpaint@glcac.org http://www.glcac.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=dep_intro&dept_id=13 Eligibility Children under the age of 6. Last Updated: June 2006

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Open Gate Garden Club

To advance and encourage the art of gardening and study of horticulture, floriculture and landscape architecture and to further civic beautification and to practice conservation. Activities include civic beautification projects, creative and artistic workshops, and a May plant sale on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. An interest group on herbs meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 10:00am, April through November, at members’ homes. We also award the Jessie Stewart Conservation Scholarship to a student studying conservation or gardening in its broadest sense or to one of the local schools for an environmental program. A Virginia Wilkins Scholarship is given to an R.A.R.A client to attend a conservation camp during the summer. Serving the Chelmsford area. Founded in 1962, federated in 1964. Approximately 33 members. Meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month in Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Apr., May, June, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church. Elections are held in June. Contact Linda Smith, President lindajean.smith@comcast.net Sharon Rubin, Vice President sharon@rubinfamily.com http://gcfm.org/opengategardenclub/Home.aspx Eligibility Open to anyone who agrees with our purpose and will participate in our club functions. Dues are $35 per year. Last Updated: September 2008

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Provides beginning farmers with business training, access to land and farm equipment, organic production training and materials, marketing assistance and continued guidance to start their farm businesses. Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between consumers seeking high quality, ecologically produced food and the farmers who grow it. Contact Matthew Himmel 9 Central Street, Suite 102 Lowell, MA 01852 978-654-6745 Fax: 866-306-3941 mhimmel@comteam.org http://www.nesfp.org/ Area Served Andover, Dracut, Lowell, Chelmsford Last Updated: October 2010

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Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

NMCOG is a regional planning agency (formed under Chapter 40B M.G.L.) that works with communities in the Greater Lowell region to support and enhance a wide range of land use objectives: environmental protection, economic development, housing and residential development, transportation and transit planning, and the building and maintenance of community character. Contact Beverly A. Woods, Executive Director 40 Church Street, Suite 200 Lowell, MA 01852 978-454-8021 Fax: 978-454-8023 mail@nmcog.org http://www.nmcog.org/ Office hours: M-F, 9am-5pm. Area Served Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Westford. Eligibility Public agency serving all area residents. No fee, although NMCOG does charge nominally for some reports and maps to cover printing costs. Funding Note Funded through a combination of federal, state, and local sources. Last Updated: July 2010

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Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners

Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners exists to aid in the protection, preservation, and restoration of our regions’ natural and historic waterways – especially the Lowell Canals, to expand awareness of environmental issues and civic responsibility encompassing our waterways, and to create a desire and opportunity for citizens to take an active role in helping to make a cleaner environment for us all.

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Merrimack River Watershed Council, Inc.

Called the “Voice of the Merrimack” for over 30 years, MRWC advocates for the health of the river and the people who depend on it through environmental monitoring, education and outreach, community organizing, advocacy and recreation. MRWC protects the river through innovative public and private partnerships to promote a healthy ecosystem, including individual membership and “Adopt-A-Merrimack-Mile”. Kayak and canoe trips are scheduled from April-October. Call for more information. Founded in 1976. Contact Catherine Arning, Executive Director (ext 15) 60 Island Street Suite 211-E Lawrence, MA 01840 978-655-4742 Fax: 978-655-4743 carning@merrimack.org http://www.merrimack.org/ Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm Volunteers Everyone interested in the environment is welcome. Volunteers needed for river monitoring. Area Served All communities located in the watershed of the Merrimack River. Eligibility Membership fees: $25/individual, $35/family, $50/supporter or $100/sponsor. Corporate memberships are available. Services Available Safe Beaches project determines water quality and posts colored flags indicating whether the water of safe for swimming. Site is updated within 24 hours of testing. http://www.merrimack.org/WaterQuality/ Languages English and Spanish Publications A newsletter is published for members. Annual results of Merrimack River Monitoring Program on website. Last Updated: September 2010

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Lazy Daisy Gardeners

To stimulate interest in gardening and to promote civic beautification and conservation of natural resources. Services: maintaining grounds of Byam House; garden therapy at Sunny Acres Nursing Home; Junior garden program; speakers on various gardening topics. Affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

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Greener Chelmsford Initiative

Focus on Outreach efforts and Verification teams to enable our community to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, by residents as well as businesses, and to recognize local businesses that take initiative to achieve these.

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Golden Chain Garden Club

To serve our homes and community by our knowledge and experience in various garden club projects. Activities include floral arranging, landscaping, gardening (indoors and out), conversation, crafts and community projects (such as Garrison House herb gardens, Chelmsford Arms gardens, MacKay Branch Library gardens).

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