WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Healthy Land, Water, and People Sustainability Preserving our Future The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines sustainability as the ability to create and maintain conditions in which humans and nature harmoniously coexist. gation systems. Although the MRWA supply is not an issue, there are times during summer peak use when the Weston distribution system is at or near maximum capacity. Wellesley's NRC also identifies excessive lawn irrigation as the greatest threat to sufficient supply. Water Conservation Checklist { WATER your lawn infrequently with about one inch of water per week, including rainfall; the goal is to grow deep-rooted grass that requires less water and fertilizer { WATER early in the morning to reduce evaporation and fungal diseases { AIM your roof downspouts away from paved surfaces and, when possible, into a rain barrel { BUILD a rain garden – a six- to nine-inch bowl-shaped area planted with native species that collects runoff water and enables We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 it to seep in the ground When Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley landscaped around its new synagogue in 2011, it built rain gardens in the middle of the parking lot to reduce storm surges, flooding, and pollutant discharges. In May 2012, the Town of Wellesley planted it first rain garden on town property, on the north side of the Morses Pond beach house. Since the 134

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