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.
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Thank you for Helping to Preserve Brewster's Ponds
The inaugural annual publication by the Brewster Ponds Coalition (BPC) titled Ripples was mailed to every Brewster property owner this week and is also be available online by clicking here.
“Brewster is unique among Cape Cod Towns in that it has over 2100 acres of freshwater ponds – the most pond acreage of any town on Cape Cod. As a result, ponds play an important role in Brewster. The goal with Ripples and our other online resources is to educate and inform Brewster property owners about the important role that we all play in keeping our ponds clean, safe and enjoyable,” said Tom Vautin, President.
“We've discovered that there's quite a learning curve to understanding what is causing our pond water quality to deteriorate. We hope that Ripples will engage and educate our neighbors about what can be done to make things better for our ponds,” he continued.
The publication features important information about groundbreaking cyanobacteria testing in Brewster that the BPC undertook this summer in collaboration with The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It also contains news about a creative pond education pilot program that was launched in area schools.
Ripples was designed by well-known Cape Cod artist and Brewster Ponds Coalition member/volunteer Jim Holland, whose work can be seen at The Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet. Board member and Communications Team leader, Judy Pirani, served as Editor. Stories were written and contributed by BPC members including some on the Board. Worcester Telegram reporter and BPC member/volunteer Susan Spencer is a key contributor to Ripples and the quarterly BPC e-newsletters.
A new 4 minute video is now available by clicking on the picture above or visiting the Videos Page on the Brewster Ponds Coalition Website. (Link here.) Many thanks to Lower Cape Television for their great work! This short video describes how a major storm water run off problem was resolved by neighbors working with neighbors. You'll be hearing much more about this project in January.