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.