This could be YOU paddling on our upcoming Upper Mill Pond! Eco-Paddle Tour!
Deadline today. BPC Member-Only Upper Mill Pond Eco-Paddle Tour
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Saturday's weather looks great! Join your fellow BPC members as we paddle around Upper Mill Pond. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn about efforts to preserve Brewster's ponds.
Hear about the impairment of the Mill Ponds complex. What has caused it? What steps can you take to make things better for ponds in Brewster?
Do you know about BIG BLUE - the town's new eco-harvester? See video of its maiden voyage on Walkers Pond and learn about how phosphorus will be removed from that pond in this manner.
Learn about the BPC's new Citizen Scientists who have coordinated with APCC in testing for cyanobacteria in Upper Mill Pond this summer.
Arrival Time: 8:30 am for 9:00 am launch, trip ends around 11:00 am
Participation Fee: $10.00/paddler
Bring your own kayak; volunteers will help load and unload your kayak
Launch site & route information emailed to confirmed registrants
Join us for our first, member-only eco-paddle!!! During our two-hour trip, we''ll paddle around Upper Mill Pond, taking in the scenery, like the iconic Eagle Rock, with stops along the way to learn about water impairment impacts like historic cranberry bog practices and water improvement programs like the Town's weed harvesting as well as the Pond and Lake Stewards (PALS) and the BPC Citizen Scientist pond monitoring programs.
Space is limited to 15 paddlers, so please reserve your spot early
Advanced registration is required
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 8
To Register and Pay $10.00 Event Fee: Click here
- Participants must be able to handle a solo kayak for 2+ hours
- Participants must be at least 15 years of age
- Dress for water sports
- Bring your own kayak, water safety flotation device, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks
Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-258-9801
Counterclockwise from top left: The 2017 BPC board members; Keynote Speaker Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod; members listening to BPC President Tom Vautin's presentation; and 2017 Splash award recipient Nancy Gustafson-Smith [in middle] with Board members Sue Searles [left] and Karen Malkus-Benjamin [right].
Almost 70 people attended the 2017 annual meeting held at the Captains Course in Brewster MA. Members mingled and enjoyed a full breakfast buffet before BPC President Tom Vautin called the business meeting to order. His presentation highlighted BPC 2016/2017 activities, FY 2016 finances, and future outlook. Then Konrad Schultz, BPC board and Nominating Committee member, led the reelection of board members John Keith, Judy Pirani, and Tom Vautin to three-year terms.
One fun meeting moment was the presentation of the 2017 Splash Award to the person who made a splash through his or her contributions to improve the water quality, beauty, or natural habitats of Brewster's Ponds. Board members, Karen Malkus-Benjamin and Sue Searles, donned waders and pond exploration gear to honor recipient, Nancy Gustafson-Smith, for all her hard work, flexibility, and good cheer while working on our Pond Education Program and other events.
And a big thank you to keynote speaker, Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He drew upon his 30+ years of environmental protection and elected municipal government experience to give a thoughtful discourse on the need for everyone to get involved nationally, statewide, and locally to maximize impact and action on environment issues.
Left: Brewster Conservation Trust president Hal Minis presents the award to Brewster Ponds Coalition president Tom Vautin at the BCT annual meeting. Right: Closeup of Award
We're excited to announce that we received the Brewster Conservation Trust (BCT)'s annual Conservationist of the Year award at the BCT annual meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Hal Minis, BCT president, cited our leadership and actions in conserving Brewster's ponds when presenting the award.
We thank the BCT--not only for presenting us with their prestigious award--but for all their guidance and advice in helping the BPC grow and evolve from a fledging organization to the point where we can viably work on our mission goal--preserving and sustaining Brewster's beautiful ponds.
This award is for YOU--our supporters and volunteers--who have been there every step of the way. Your involvement made this award possible. Thank you.