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“This Old House” Helps This Great Marsh

A Nevada Landscape Design consultant talks about marsh-friendly plantings for the Ask This Old House cameras. - Photo: P.Phippen

A Nevada Landscape Design consultant talks about marsh-friendly plantings for the Ask This Old House cameras.                                   Photo: Peter Phippen

PBS Producers Visit the Upper North Shore

Last month, MassBays’ Upper North Shore Regional Coordinator Peter Phippen convened television producers, the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association, a landscaping company, volunteers, and a coastal homeowner to demonstrate landscaping that will prevent contaminated rainwater from reaching the Great Marsh — all under the bright glare of television lights and cameras.

The rain garden built on property abutting Black Rock Creek Marsh will catch stormwater before it runs off a paved driveway and into the marsh, protecting habitat from pollutants carried in the runoff — and it looks great, too!

Ask This Old House Productions caught the installation on tape and will broadcast it on PBS this fall. Peter, the landscaper, and homeowner will all be featured.  We hope that this “how to” film will instruct and inspire other homeowners living adjacent to wetlands to do the same for their local environment.

Written by Peter Phippen
Great Marsh Coordinator

 


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