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Preserving Water Quality

Midwest Pesticide Action Center is committed to protecting water resources by promoting healthy lawn and landscape practices. Maintaining healthy rivers, streams, brooks, and lakes is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of the areas we inhabit, protecting wildlife, and securing safe, clean drinking water.

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Lawn to Lake

The Great Lakes are a vital natural resource. They represent approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water and habitat for over 100 species of rare plants and animals. Additionally, 42 million people depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water. Midwest Pesticide Action Center has partnered with Lawn to Lake, a regional collaboration to protect water resources in the Lake Michigan basin.

Our outreach and training program promotes healthier landscape practices to reduce pollution. With funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Midwest Pesticide Action Center and its partners in the Lawn to Lake Program help professional landscapers, municipalities, and homeowners make better decisions in how they maintain their outdoor spaces.

The Lawn to Lake Program, lead by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and supported by the Great Lakes Restorations Initiative, is comprised of the following organizations:

Lawn to Lake Successes

Since its inception, the Lawn to Lake Program has made significant progress toward making the Great Lakes waters less polluted and safer. To date, we have:

  • Helped 318,066 residents move to natural lawn care through outreach and education;
  • Reduced weed and feed use by an estimated 1,021,453 pounds; and
  • Reduced pesticide use by an estimated 7,864 pounds

Training

Midwest Pesticide Action Center is committed to holding collaborative workshops in the Midwest so that landscape professionals, municipal leaders, grounds keepers, master gardeners, and residents can learn about the connection between lawn care and water quality and how to create naturally beautiful lawns and landscapes.

Our most recent event, held in April of 2013 was targeted landscapers. The Lawn to Lake Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care Workshop successfully trained over 50 professionals in sustainable lawn and landscape care practices and how to communicate the benefits to their clients. The workshop impacted an estimated 13780 homeowners.

For future events, visit our Training and Events page. If you would like to host training with Midwest Pesticide Action Center, contact rkerzee@pesticideaction.org.

For More Information

Activist’s Toolkit: For information on advocating for healthy spaces in your community. Learn More

Chicago Grows Green: For information on reducing the climate impacts associated with lawn and garden care. Learn More

In Your Home: For tips on reducing your impact on water quality by making smart decisions in your home. Learn More

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