Freshwater Ponds: Jewels of Cape Cod
Three Talks Presented by APCC Experts
February 8, 15, and 22, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM
Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium
1822 Main Street, Brewster MA
We are excited to host three experts from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) for our Winter Education Program to talk about pond ecology, stewardship, and preservation!
Session 1: February 8, 2018
Understanding Cape Cod's Freshwater Ponds
Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, APCC Director of Science Programs will help us understand what makes ponds in her talk about pond basics – geology, hydrology, & ecology.
Session 2: February 15, 2018
Pond Friendly Practices
Kristin Andres, APCC Director of Education & Outreach will explain how to be a thoughtful steward of your favorite pond by using pond-friendly land care practices and native plants in our landscapes..
Session 3: February 22, 2018
Freshwater Pond Restoration and Preservation
Bryan Horsley, APCC Restoration Technician will help us understand the treatment options--like alum, dredging, and solar bees--once a pond's water quality is degraded.
Attend one, two, or all three!
Free to BPC and APCC contributing members.
All others, $10 suggested contribution for each talk
To Register: Email RSVP@brewsterponds.org listing the talks and the names of the people attending
To Pay the $10.00 Event Fee: Click Here
Thank you to the APCC experts for speaking at our Winter Education Program!
Thanks to the more than 225 families and individuals who have renewed and joined the BPC for 2018 during our Annual Appeal, we are almost there! The total to date is $23,500. That means there is just $1500 remaining to make our goal of $25,000 with six days left. YOU can be the one to push us over the top.
Blueberry Pond Stormwater Remediation video shot: Project partners (from left) John O-Reilly, President of JM O-Reilly and Associates, Hal Minis, President, Brewster Conservation Trust; Konrad Schultz, Board Member, Brewster Ponds Coalition; and Marty Lucenti and Jan McGann Co-President,s Save Blueberry and Sol's Pond Group. Not pictured is partner, Michael Medeiros, Club Manager, Ocean Edge Resort.
The January 18, 2018 screening of the Blueberry Pond stormwater remediation project sparked a lively evening of information sharing and discussion. Over 30 people attended. The video, produced by Lower Cape TV, kicked off the event. Project partners discussed how poor stormwater drainage pooled water around the neighborhood and flowed directly into Blueberry Pond, and how they worked together on solutions to divert and absorb stormwater that used to flow directly into the pond: advising property owners about actions like grading driveways in a different direction and the neighborhood’s newly-built rain garden.
A panel discussion followed with project partners: A few neighborhood association presidents asked how to start similar projects in their neighborhood. Panelists advised setting a clear project goal and getting neighborhood buy-in. BPC board member, Gwen Pelletier discussed BPC resources to help neighborhoods: using the BPC as a non-taxable neighborhood project fund repository and the BPC’s Pond Waterfront Improvement Guide about building rain gardens. A few Blueberry Pond residents in the audience described the project’s community building benefits.
Through the generosity of more than 210 new and renewing members, this years goal of $25,000 is very near. To date just over $22,000 has been contributed amounting to a bit over 90% of our goal. With only three weeks remaining in the 2017-18 Annual Appeal, we are very close to achieving this important milestone.
In just over three years, your membership contributions have accomplished so much for Brewster's ponds. If you have not yet done so, please renew your membership today and join the nearly 500 individuals and families who have contributed to the Brewster Ponds Coalition since its founding.
Click here today to join, renew and make a contribution.
See a Neighborhood in Action: The Private Video Screening of Blueberry Pond Stormwater Remediation Project
Left: A giant shovel prepares the ground. Right: Project partners share a proud moment at the base of the rain garden shortly after native wavy hair grass was planted to stabilize the soil.
Blueberry Pond Stormwater Remediation Project: Member Only Video Screening
When: Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 pm
Where: Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster MA
Blueberry Pond neighbors and the Brewster Conservation Trust recently partnered to resolve stormwater runoff issues and to improve the pond's water quality. See how they accomplished this at a private screening of a 20 minute video produced by the Brewster Ponds Coalition and Lower Cape TV.
Partners will be present to share their experiences and answer your questions so you can learn about the benefits of creating stormwater remediation projects in your own neighborhood.
The event is free to Brewster Ponds Coalition, Brewster Conservation Trust, and Save Blueberry and Sol's Pond contributing members; a suggested $10 contribution for all others at the door.
Seating is limited. To RSVP, email your names and seat count to firstname.lastname@example.org