Restoring Local Landscapes: Native Meadows
CLIP Grant Project Improves Water Quality and Looks Good Doing It


While perfectly mowed lawns may appeal to many homeowners for their aesthetic and recreational value, lawns have a significant environmental impact. Consider the no-mow method. This practice improves water quality and provides habitat while decreasing maintenance and lawn care cost.

Meadows and Water Quality
It’s no surprise that natural landscapes are better for our water resources.
  • Meadows absorb more stormwater runoff than the average lawn
  • Native plants filter pollutants, keeping fertilizers, pesticides and other harmful chemicals out of our streams
  • Meadows reduce erosion and prevent sediment from polluting our waterways

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Conservation, Leadership & Innovation Project: Indian Hill Meadow
Indian Hill, once a mowed hillside in Boyce Park, is now a vibrant meadow after receiving funding through the Conservation, Leadership & Innovation Program.

This six-acre site slopes downward toward Pierson Run and will have water quality benefits in the Plum Creek Watershed and beyond. The project will help to mitigate stormwater runoff, provide year-long food resources and shelter for small mammals and birds, and attract native pollinating insects, as well as serving as an educational opportunity for park visitors.

Have a project that needs funding? The purpose of the ACCD's Conservation Leadership and Innovation Program is to promote, support, and fund projects that align with our mission and vision. Most projects funded through the program should aim to reduce the impacts of non-point source pollution, improve the health of our water resources, and/or habitat restoration.