Renewal of Monoosnoc Brook in Leominster is the focus of ongoing collaboration among City officials, businesses and community groups. One of the positive outcomes are runoff remedies that capture over sixty tons of harmful pollutants a year and continue to improve the Brook.
On October 19, the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA) will host “Guiding the Rain: Aesthetic Form – Ecological Function” which offers a tour of varied stormwater solutions. The tour will begin with brief slideshow at Leominster Library followed by a short walk to see tree filter systems, bioswales, porous pavers and rain gardens beside the brook in downtown Leominster. After the walking tour, participants will carpool to nearby Granite Stormwater Park and learn about the gravel wetland, infiltration trench and bioretention basin at this site.
Pre-registration is requested – the fee is $22 for ELA members and $32 for non-members. More details, tour maps and tickets are on ELA’s webpage.
In addition to Monoosnoc Brook, there are diverse Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce polluted runoff to other brooks and ponds in Leominster. A map showing the locations of more than 200 BMPs will be available on the Conservation Commission webpage. Additional info about this BMP map will be provided at the October 19 tour.