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
As the new year approaches, please consider this New Year's Resolution: Be a Pond Hero and renew and/or become a 2018 contributing member to the Brewster Ponds Coalition, winner of the Brewster Conservation Trust's 2017 Conservationist of the Year award.
It's easy, click here to become a member or donate online on the BPC website.
Already more than 170 individuals and families have renewed or become new members and pushed the Annual Appeal thermometer to 77% of the 25,000 goal.
Your membership is the BPC's primary funding source, and your support ripples throughout the Brewster community, helping to preserve our beautiful ponds in so many ways:
Thank you for your continued support!
More that 150 individuals and families to date have become contributing members for 2018 and have donated just over $18,000 toward making things better for Brewster Ponds. As the holidays approach, we hope you will keep the Brewster Ponds Coalition on your list.
Take a look at this recent video about the Brewster Ponds Coalition and share it with your friends and neighbors.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 130 members, just over $15,000 has been raised to date in the 2017-8 Annual Appeal. That's terrific progress for which we are all grateful.
It's exciting to get this far, but we still have $10,000—or 40% of our goal to raise before January 31, 2018.
We are determined to meet and even exceed our goal, but we can’t do it without you. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!
THANK YOU to the more than 90 new and renewing contributing members who have helped get the BPC's third Annual Appeal off to a great start! The goal is $25,000. To date over $9000 has been realized. We're already more than a third of the way there!
Your membership/contribution is the primary source of funds for this organization that helps keep our ponds clean, safe and enjoyable for years to come.
If you have not yet done so, please take this opportunity to mail in your donation envelope, become a contributing member online by clicking here, and join AmazonSmile by clicking here, which donates 0.5% of your Amazon purchase year round to the the charity of your choice. (We hope you select the Brewster Ponds Coalition!)
Your membership contribution for 2018 will help expand the Pond Education Curriculum to Brewster Public Schools, the groundbreaking Citizens Scientist cyanobacteria testing program and storm water remediation projects.
If you did not yet read or receive our Annual Appeal publication entitled Ripples, click here to see it.
If you have already become a contributing member – THANK YOU. Stay tuned for Annual Appeal progress updates.
Ripples, the first Annual Appeal publication of the Brewster Ponds Coalition, is arriving now in your mailbox. Thank you to current members, new members, volunteers, and contributors who have already responded.
Your membership and financial contribution is the primary funding source of the BPC and is vital to continuing important work in 2018. You’re helping to expand the Pond Education Curriculum, piloted in 2016-17, to the Brewster Public Schools as well as the groundbreaking Citizens Scientist cyanobacteria water testing program to more Brewster ponds. You’re making storm-water remediation projects more achievable through increased education and outreach.
Becoming a new member or renewing your membership for 2018 is easy. Just click here to make a simple and secure contribution online and click here to become a volunteer. Donate today and help keep our ponds healthy and enjoyable for years to come.
During this time of thankfulness and reflection, here are a couple ways to celebrate the beauty of Brewster's ponds and the joy they bring to our lives--and to help preserve them for tomorrow.
Shop at Amazon Smile & Give Back to Ponds
Shop for gifts--especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday--at Amazon Smile and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Brewster Ponds Coalition.
Thank you for Helping to Preserve Brewster's Ponds