Developed by middle school students at the
River Valley Charter School
As a loyal steward of the Merrimack River Watershed, I/we pledge to…
Commit to River-Friendly Lawn Care
Avoid pesticides and herbicides and/or use organic and eco-friendly products
Minimize use of fertilizers or use organic and eco-friendly treatments
Dispose of lawn clippings properly
Properly dispose of pet waste
Limit and Filter Runoff
Consider using rain barrels (check out Newburyport's program)
Plant rain gardens, trees, or other plants to aid filtration
Use gravel or other permeable surfaces rather than blacktop/cement
Use alternatives to road salt, such as sand
Care for Nearby Storm Drains
Don’t dump waste (especially petroleum products and paint) into storm drains
Remove leaves and other debris that block the flow of water
Help the public works department by shoveling out storm drains, if possible
Encourage Eco-Friendly Development Choices
Limit development on my street and along the waterfront
Look into renewable energy sources like solar power (see the city's website)
Research and purchase energy-saving appliances
Reduce and Eliminate Waste and Litter
Properly dispose of all chemicals in city-approved collections
Do not litter
Eliminate the use of plastic bags
Recycle ALL items on the city approved list
Compost through the city or with my own composter
Educate My Peers On The Problem At Hand
Spread the word to my family, neighbors, or at my school and workplace.
Yes! I/we pledge to each other to save the Merrimack and will take as many of these actions as possible
This pledge was prepared by the 2017- 2018 middle school students of the River Valley Charter School (a regional public charter school). RVCS Students have been environmental stewards of our community since the school’s inception in 1999. In addition to this Pledge, these students have prepared artistic renderings that will be incorporated into storm drain markers and stencil warnings. This spring, they will install these next to roadway catch basins in hopes of educating the public that everything that enters the basins will end up in our rivers, streams, and beaches.
As part of the EPA’s NPDES MS4 Permit requirements, the City must manage its stormwater systems and make strides to keep our runoff as clean as possible before discharging into our watersheds. Public awareness and education are essential to achieving compliance with the MS4 Permit and preventing trash and toxins from polluting our waterways.
If your school or organization would like to get involved in a similar effort or has ideas on how to improve the quality of our waterways and need assistance from the City of Newburyport, please contact the Engineering Division at 978-465-4464, x1710 or visit the City’s website.