Ironwood  Part of  Regional Stormwater Effort to Better Water Quality in Exeter Pond

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) has pulled together an innovative team approach to improve the functioning of a pond ecosystem for the beloved community Brickyard Pond in the  Exeter Neighborhood of Marshall Farms. The effort includes the installation of rain gardens on residences near Brickyard Pond to help mitigate the deleterious effects of untreated stormwater currently reaching the pond.  Ironwood is pleased to be the design consultant for the selection of rain garden sites on private residences with volunteer homeowners. Ironwood will then forge custom designs for the site and, with the coordination of Rye Beach Landscaping, complete the project with the installation of  the rain gardens that will  help  infiltrate and remove undesirable nutrients from stormwater runoff. Please refer to the article below in PREP’s latest newsletter:

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Neighbors Unite to Restore Local Pond in Exeter




Margaret Mead once wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.




Combine those committed citizens with progressive town leaders, university researchers and community planners and you’ve got a recipe for success. 




Brickyard Pond, a 1.8 acre pond along Kingston Road in Exeter, has long been a community icon. In the not so recent past, there were walking trails around the pond, local Boy Scouts held fishing derbies and the pond and adjacent park provided residents with recreation opportunities and a quiet spot to enjoy the outdoors.Over the past several years the condition of the pond has been on the decline, each summer the pond is covered in a green scum of algae and it has a stinky odor. 


Brickyard Pond in 2012, photo from Exeter Town Crier


In June 2012 the residents of the Marshall Farms Crossing neighborhood approached the town about the pond’s condition and wanted to know what they could do to help improve their neighborhood jewel. Exeter’s Environmental Planner, Kristen Murphy, saw this as a great opportunity to expand the already established Think Blue Exeter effort and employ some of the techniques she’d learned through various workshops she’d attended. 


“Its super exciting to have the neighborhood initiate contact. I attribute a lot of my interest for the project to the Rain Garden Installation workshop that Candace Dolan
[Hodgson Brook Restoration Project] put on.  She just makes it seem so do-able!”




At the same time the Green Infrastructure for NH Coastal Communities Project was looking for Phase 1 towns so Kristen applied for the grant and got it! The Green Infrastructure Project Team is made up of technical experts from University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, Geosyntec, staff from the Southeast Watershed Alliance, Rockingham Planning Commission, Antioch University and Great Bay NERR. The project links experts with interested town leaders and citizens for education, outreach and on the ground implementation. The town of Exeter’s team includes Kristen, Department of Public Works’ Phyllis Duffy, Ginny Raub from the Conservation Commission and Pete Richardson from the Conservation Commission and the Exeter Squamscott River Local Advisory Committee




On August 18th, the project team hosted a Stormwater Clinic & 


Block Party for the Marshall Farms Crossing neighborhood. Usingwatershed maps and PREP’s watershed model they showed residents how their property flows and drains into Brickyard Pond. They explained how a stormdrain works, how 


in-situ water quality monitors work and what they detect, explained some water friendly lawn care practices and how to install a rain barrel. There were 5 homes that are interested in installing rain gardens so Jeff Hyland, an engineer from Ironwood Design Group, toured the property to prepare the plans for installation.  



“This program was great because through the Green Infrastructure Project we had access to these expert resources to deliver some amazing products (watershed map/model, in-situ monitor, rain garden installation info, etc.) and to help us build our confidence and have a nice sturdy expert-backbone to support us,” Kristen explained.   



Up next, there’ll be rain garden installations at neighborhood homes in mid-September, storm drain stenciling by the Exeter scouts and Kristen has been contacted by adjacent neighborhoods who would like to be involved in the project. Way to go Exeter!