Approximately 100 people explored pond ecology during the three-part Freshwater Pond: Jewels of Cape Cod talk series on February 8, 15, and 22, 2018. The talks featured Association to Preserve Cape Cod experts, and while each talk was a standalone theme, the three talks together provided a thorough understanding of pond ecology.
From Left, BPC President, Tom Vautin, and Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto before first Jewels of Cape Cod talk--Photo Courtesy of Fred Budresk-; Kristen Andres shows a piece permeable pavement that absorbs water and prevents run-off at Second Talk, and April Wobst wraps up the series during the third talk.
Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, APCC Director of Science Programs, set the stage for the series with her overview of pond basics, explaining the different kinds of ponds--like the Cape’s kettle ponds formed from receding glaciers, how a pond’s depth and water flow impact their hydrology, and the plants, animals, and microorganisms that make up a pond’s ecosystem.
Next up was Kristin Andres, APCC Director of Education & Outreach, who discussed how we can protect our ponds through landscaping practices: identifying native, plants, landscaping designs, and water collection methods that help to absorb stormwater directly into the ground, and not run off into our ponds.
The final talk by April Wobst, Restoration Engineer, discussed the pros and cons of ways to restore ponds with degraded water quality--like alum, dredging, and solar bees--and how any treatment needs to consider not only the pond itself, but the surrounding area and ecosystem.
We thank Jo Ann, Kristin, and April for their excellent talks, which instilled a real sense of wonder about our beautiful and fragile ponds, and what we all need to do to preserve them!