National Partner Network

The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation is supporting the work of leading environmental organizations across the United States that are focused on water quality and conservation as our nationwide “Water Positive Landscapes” initiative.

The Nature Conservancy has coupled innovative programming to reduce the amount of nutrients reaching the Great Lakes with traditional land restoration work for a holistic approach to prevent and mitigate nutrient runoff. ScottsMiracle-Gro will support this multi-faceted work in three ways: helping to establish an Ohio Water Trust to leverage public-private partnerships to accomplish the most critical water quality improvement projects in Ohio, restoring coastal wetlands along Lake Erie to filter phosphorus and other pollutants before it reaches the Lake, and expanding a successful agricultural nutrient management program into the Ohio River Basin to reduce the amount of nutrient runoff causing algal blooms in the Ohio River and, ultimately, Gulf of Mexico hypoxia.

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Fueled by runoff pollution, Lake Erie is experiencing the worst algal blooms in a generation, threatening public health and the future of communities around the lake. ScottsMiracle-Gro is supporting the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ work with scientists, local community leaders, volunteers, elected and agency officials to ensure the right regulations and protections are in place to reduce pollution and restore Lake Erie for all.

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As California's official statewide conservation education program, ScottsMiracle-Gro has worked with Save Our Water since the company’s CEO pledged support for Governor Jerry Brown’s water conservation goals in 2015. Since then, Scotts has conducted over 60 workshop clinics at retail locations throughout California to bolster Save Our Water’s mission and help homeowners conceive and implement projects to help achieve the water conservation goal. Scotts will continue to support Save Our Water’s public education campaigns in order to help bring lasting water savings to California’s outdoor landscape.

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The Council for Watershed Health (CWH) has been a leader in the Greater Los Angeles Area on applied research and analysis that informs policy change and leads to a more sustainable Southern California region. Through collaboration and partnerships, their programs address diverse issues such as urban stormwater management, community capacity building, the LA River Watershed Monitoring Program and the promotion of sustainable landscapes on Green Streets and in schools. CWH is lending its expertise to ScottsMiracle-Gro to help shape a public education campaign to reduce residential outdoor water use, and with support from Scotts, will conduct new research to create a residential education program on how to properly maintain beneficial landscaping during a drought.

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Similar to the educational effort with Tampa Bay Watch, ScottsMiracle-Gro and the Galveston Bay Foundation are teaming up to engage school-aged Texans to establish marsh grass nurseries at their schools for replanting at coastal restoration sites. Once replanted, the marsh grass roots hold soils in place, preventing erosion that would otherwise negatively impact the Bay’s water quality. As in Tampa, this program gives children a hands-on opportunity to learn the environmental benefits of growing and maintaining plants while developing their technical skill to properly care for those plants into maturity.

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ScottsMiracle-Gro and its associates are partnering on an environmental restoration program that Tampa Bay Watch has established with Tampa-area middle and high schools, called Bay Grasses in Classes. Through the program, students tend native plant nurseries on school grounds and transfer the plants they grow to designated restoration sites within the Tampa Bay estuary.

The restoration plantings help clean the Bay by filtering nutrients, while the students learn real-world environmental and agronomic education principles that will help them become the next generation of stewards for Florida’s waterways and expert backyard gardeners.

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Since 2014, ScottsMiracle-Gro has supported independent research conducted by the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) focusing on the Indian River Lagoon. This body of water has experienced dramatic algae blooms in recent years, leading to many scientific and land management questions. The research will map point and non-point sources of nutrients flowing into the Lagoon that can help focus public and private investments on the highest priority actions that might improve and protect water and wildlife in the lagoon.

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and ScottsMiracle-Gro have developed a long-term agreement to work together on two specific projects: a consumer education effort on the proper use of lawn and garden products through the organization’s “Businesses for the Bay” program, and an effort to help residential homeowners throughout the Bay region create gardens that will act as natural rainwater catchments and filters to improve protection for the Bay under the Alliance’s “RiverWise Communities” program.

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ScottsMiracle-Gro has supported New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund's water quality work since 2013. NYLCVEF has focused on educating New Yorkers about actions that can reduce nitrogen from reaching waterways such as Long Island Sound. NYLCVEF’s work has also enabled thousands of New Yorkers to voice their support for water quality protection efforts to the state's elected leadership.

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The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) is a national thought leader driving the smart use of limited water resources. Local water management agencies, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations all look to AWE to be a leading voice for water efficiency and a knowledgeable source to help build successful water conservation programs. ScottsMiracle-Gro is working with AWE to better understand the water saving opportunities in outdoor landscape settings, through AWE’s OutdoorWater Savings Research Initiative.

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ScottsMiracle-Gro first teamed up with Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) in 2014, as part of a diverse coalition of partners to launch a coastal management and restoration study in Tampa Bay. The results of that study are anticipated in Spring 2016, but that initial collaboration led to additional work together. Specifically, the two organizations are currently working together to support regional solutions to abate nutrient loading into Long Island Sound, Narraganset Bay, and Buzzards Bay. Scotts and RAE recently signed a long-term agreement to continue this important collaboration to protect vital waters around the country.

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The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state/territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. In 2012, NACD teamed up with ScottsMiracle-Gro to launch a national landowner education program that local conservation districts could use to promote water quality efforts. The program, “Backyard Conservation: Lawns and the Environment” is a multi-media package conservation district staff can use with its many landowner constituents to help drive behavioral change that will prevent nutrients from reaching local waterways. Since then, ScottsMiracle-Gro has been the primary sponsor of an ongoing education series that NACD offers to local urban water protection leaders about best resource management practices.

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Lake Erie is the most fragile of the Great Lakes, and has been plagued in recent years by phosphorus-driven algae blooms that have hurt the environment and even restricted access to clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents. ScottsMiracle-Gro is supporting the Ohio Environmental Council’s work to implement a bipartisan, binational goal to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie by 40%, in order to bring the Lake’s waters into a healthy balance again.

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