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Be Green in the Great Lakes Project

Lighthouse at Sodus Point with house, lawn and lake
Sodus Point, NY Lighthouse
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The DEC's Division of Materials Management recently completed the Be Green in the Great Lakes project. Outreach and education on options to conventional pesticides and fertilizers for maintaining lawns, gardens, trees, and shrubs were provided. The project focused on yard care practices to protect water quality in the 33-county NYS Great Lakes basin. However, the information on tips and practices is useful statewide. Topics covered in the outreach include:

  • Soil and plant health
  • Non-chemical land and yard care
  • Appropriate plant selection and planting techniques for light, water, and soil conditions (covered at summer 2013 workshops)

The project was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Land Care and Pest Management Practices Brochure

Various modes of run off into Great Lakes

DEC's Land Care and Pest Management Practices brochure (PDF) (539 KB) contains useful tips on maintaining a sustainable landscape and preventing and managing outdoor pests. The tips introduce non-chemical management practices, which are part of preventing pollution in the Great Lakes and other water resources.

To request copies of the brochure, contact the Division of Materials Management at or 518-402-8652.

Pest Management and Yard Care Tips

Check out the Green Yard and Garden Tips page for resources on alternative and organic lawn care and pest management.

Be Green Great Lakes Survey

Almost 400 New Yorkers responded to DEC's Be Green Great Lakes public opinion survey (PDF) (348 KB). Respondents provided feedback on yard care maintenance and pest management practices. A summary of key survey results is available.

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