A BLUE certified property is a property that does not contribute pollution to our waterways.
A BLUE program supported driveway of permeable pavers.
BLUE® Residential Nutrient and chemical pollution in stormwater runoff is threatening our drinking and recreational waters. You can be part of the solution! Take action by learning what you can do on your property to become BLUE®. What is BLUE® Certification? A residential property that is BLUE® certified signifies that it is watershed-friendly and actively manages its stormwater onsite. BLUE® certification encourages collective action in our communities to protect water resources before they leave our land and drain back into our lake, surface, and ground waters. As we continue helping properties maintain watershed-friendly practices, we are collectively helping to protect our watershed from harmful algal blooms, beach closures, and drinking water contamination.
A dripline trench and rain garden, supported by the BLUE program.
Why is the BLUE® certification program important? Stormwater runoff is the biggest source of pollution in New England’s water resources. When stormwater flows across impervious surfaces such as a roof, driveway, or parking lot, it picks up chemicals, nutrients, metals, pathogens, oils, and trash. It will flow until it reaches a storm drain system or a natural waterbody, however this polluted stormwater runoff is harmful to aquatic ecosystems and our drinking water sources when left untreated. BLUE® guides homeowners through watershed-friendly practices that help protect water resources closest to their property. Some of these practice may already be in action on your property or they may require some additional changes and commitments. There is a range of ways to improve upon a property’s ability to capture, store, and treat stormwater before it drains off your land. We help you identify those solutions.
What are the steps in getting BLUE® certified? 1. Contact us to schedule a free evaluation 2. A Salix Solutions stormwater consultant visits your property to discuss your water quality concerns with you and methods to address them. 3. This is followed by an external evaluation of your property to identify locations where stormwater can be captured, redirected, stored, and treated. 4. A report is electronically distributed detailing the specific watershed-friendly actions used on your property. * 5. Review the practices and installation options. If they are feasible for your property, we will refer you to the appropriate contractor to move forward with the installation(s). 6. Once the installation is complete and approved by a Salix Solutions consultant, you sign a Homeowner Agreement with us to signify that you will maintain watershed-friendly practices. 7. We send you an official BLUE certificate, lawn sign, and stickers that you can proudly share with friends, family, and neighbors. *If you are interested in adding landscaping installations that treat stormwater on your property, our stormwater consultants will provide you an additional report on green stormwater infrastructure projects.
Infiltration trench for driveway runoff, supported by the BLUE program.
BLUE® Certified Homes Some homes need a simple gutter re-direction or rain barrel installation. Some homes may need a rain garden or a French drain to capture stormwater from their roof. Each home varies in their methods to mitigate stormwater. It will vary depending on your property’s soil type, slope, impervious area, proximity to storm drains, and other environmental factors. Our stormwater consultants will work with contractors who specialize in green stormwater infrastructure to ensure your installation addresses those factors.
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