BREWSTER – From June through August in the summer of 2019, Marty Burke made a twice-weekly trip to either Lower Mill Pond or Cliff Pond. It wasn’t to swim, or even to paddleboard, one of Burke’s passions now that he has retired from a career as an employee benefits and reinsurance analyst.
Instead, as a volunteer with the Brewster Ponds Coalition and its citizen science committee, he traveled to the ponds to assemble an automated aerosol collector known as a CLAM. The Compact Lake Aerosol Monitor looks like a potted plant, a nondescript plastic tote sprouting four articulated gooseneck arms each hooded in black mosquito netting. It sits on a platform in shallow water, the arms positioned to droop within a few inches of the pond’s surface.
It may look simple – it was custom built by researchers at the University of New Hampshire – but its purpose is incredibly complex: The monitor collects microscopic toxins from a cyanobacterial bloom that has become airborne, mainly through evaporation.
Large-scale gathering of these airborne toxins for research would be prohibitively expensive for scientists to do themselves, said James Haney, professor of biological science at the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology. His department oversaw the collection process and trained the citizen scientists at the pond coalition, making sure their methods were rigorous enough that they could produce data researchers could use.
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The final BPC paddle event of the summer was held on Saturday night. The group embarked from Ayer's Pond in Orleans and paddled to the mouth of Little Pleasant Bay and back. It was a peaceful, sunset paddle that everyone enjoyed. Thank you to Business Partner Ryan Burch of SUPfari Adventures for sponsoring this second paddle event this summer and to guides Luke Foley, Scott Shaw and Peter Trull. Click here for a brief video of the paddle.
Sixty people attended two workshops presented by BPC partner Crocker Nurseries last week. Now a videotape of the workshop and the full plants list handed out the workshop is available. Click here to see video and plants list.
This paddle was previously postponed last Saturday due to cold, windy conditions. This Saturday promises to be ideal weather. LAST CHANCE. Only 2 spots remain!
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UPDATE: Both sessions are full! Any further registrations will be put on a wait-list and contacted of there are any cancellations!
On August 8, 2020, the Cyanobacteria Advisory postings at Seymour Pond were REMOVED at the neighborhood association landings after two weeks of monitoring and water sampling. Once a toxin is released the wind, waves, and temperatures can change the locale of the bloom and toxins. Guidelines established by the MA Department of Health suggest the two week quarantine. The Cyanobacteria and associated toxin levels have dropped to a low risk level for swimming and other recreational water activities.
We continue to monitor our freshwater ponds in Brewster in collaboration with The Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod (apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/) to provide timely notification to our residents of potentially harmful algal blooms. For additional information, please also visit www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water .
One of the largest group yard sales that takes place annually on Cape Cod is happening this year! In order to stay Covid-Safe, this event which attracts hundreds of buyers each year, will be held at various locations in the Blueberry Pond and Millstone Village neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods are off Millstone Road, the first at Blueberry Pond Drive and the second at Lund Farm Way. Masks are required and no location may host more than 25 people at any time.
Shoppers will find hundreds of items including furniture, art, books, household items, toys, games and puzzles, collectibles, tools, jewelry, baked goods and more. Reversible masks will also be sold.
Questions or Want to Donate?
For more information about the Save Blueberry and Sol’s Ponds Association, its 8th Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser, or to make a tax-deductible donation of any size, please contact Candy Lucenti 978-239-2763.
The BPC 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in just under two weeks, on Saturday morning, August 8, 2020 and begin at 9AM sharp via Zoom - the popular online meeting host that so many of us have become accustomed to during these times of social distancing.
The meeting will include a brief discussion of goals and accomplishments, a business meeting and the announcement of newly elected Board members followed by a lively and informative talk by Sophia Fox (below,) the Aquatic Ecologist at the Cape Cod National Seashore, on Climate Change and its impact on FreshWater Ponds on Cape Cod.
To get more information on the Annual Meeting, read more about the 2020 Board Members and RSVP to participate in this years online Zoom Meeting visit the 2020 Annual Meeting page under the About tab.