Did you know that one of Brewster's Ponds featured a horse racing track around its shoreline? Or, that another major pond in Brewster has been “reclaimed” not twice but three times? Or, that one of Brewster's ponds provided the water for what is considered America’s first industrial site?
Learn interesting facts and little known history as The Brewster Ponds Coalition announces two in a series of new pond educational programs themed From Tanning Mills to Fish Kills.
The first program, entitled Brewster Ponds - What can we learn from their past to help protect their future? … will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10 AM at First Parish Brewster, 1969 Main Street, (RT 6A) Brewster, and is presented in collaboration with the First Parish Brewster Environmental Action Committee. Presenters include Robert Finch - a nature writer who has lived on and written about Cape Cod for more than forty years. Mr Finch's 'A Cape Cod Notebook' won the 2006 New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing. Also speaking is Paul Gasek – Award winning documentary filmmaker and an Executive Producer for the Discovery Channel.
The second program, entitled Brewster Pond Management History... will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 6PM at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street, (RT 6A) Brewster. Steve Hurley, the Southeast District Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will be the featured speaker. Steve is a fisheries biologist responsible for freshwater fisheries in Southeastern Mass and Cape Cod.
“Humans on Cape Cod have been manipulating water quality through their activities since humans first lived here,” said Karen Malkus-Benjamin, Brewster Ponds Coalition Board President. “Learn about some of the surprising ways we have devised to use our ponds… and some current practices that you may not realize are harming our ponds today,” she said.
“A primary goal of the Brewster Ponds Coalition is to educate citizens about what is causing the health of our ponds to deteriorate, and what we can all do to help improve water quality,” continued Malkus-Benjamin. “We all can see the natural beauty and appreciate the recreational value of our ponds. But, there are growing problems beneath the surface. Our plan is to present a lively series of programs that will show some of the historical practices that have been employed and steps that we can all take to both protect and restore the water quality of our ponds,” she said.
For more information on this growing organization, to volunteer and become a member, visit www.brewsterponds.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 508-896-6655 or mail: Brewster Ponds Coalition, PO Box 459, Brewster MA 02631