The City of Portsmouth Department of Public Works has recently purchased a state of the art piece of equipment in efforts to reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The Parks and Greenery Group is leading this organic land management effort. The machine is a GEOTEA compost tea brewer, and it is used to turn compost into a liquid biological soil amendment, or “liquid compost.” This “compost tea” is then applied to greenspaces, ball fields, trees, and flower beds throughout the City.
The City’s Open Space Plan will aim to improve public access to, increase use and stewardship of, and improve connectivity between open space assets city-wide. The Plan will support the Master Plan goal of managing existing and acquiring additional open spaces for passive recreation and environmental preservation.
The City will also be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, May 10th, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Community Campus.
The Portsmouth Middle School Quest 8 students invite the public to attend an event at their school on Wednesday, April 17th to view their progress on their sustainable projects that aim to develop models related to making our City more sustainable by the year 2030. Please view the details below.
The City of Portsmouth’s Sustainability Department recently welcomed a University of New Hampshire (UNH) student to join staff as part of a fellowship program in partnership with the University’s Sustainability Institute.
After a public meeting at the end of 2018, followed by a February 2019 work session with the Conservation Commission, the City of Portsmouth is finalizing the conceptual design developed for the North Mill Pond Trail.
Public Works crews recently installed a platform ideal for eagle or osprey nesting behind the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility. The platform, built by Steve Miller of Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, came to fruition thanks to a $1,500 grant from Northeast Utilities, now Eversource, obtained by the City’s Sustainability Department.
Are you looking for places in Portsmouth for a quiet walk in the woods, a calm kayak or serene stand-up paddle? Want to know how to help keep a special part of Portsmouth cleaner and healthier?
The City has made available several hundred reusable bags at the Library and Senior Center that residents can pick up and take home free of charge. The Sustainability and Recycling departments worked in conjunction to research a quality bag for residents that would not only encourage reuse, but also echoed the City’s environmental values; therefore, these bags have been made from 100% recycled plastic materials.