The BPC Pond Protection Pledge (PPP) program has been featured in an article in the October 5 print and online editions of The Cape Cod Chronicle. Click here to download and read this news.
The article explains the focus of the PPP, which simply is to involve residents, homeowners, and pond associations to make a pledge to ensure the quality of Brewster's ponds with three important actions: eliminating chemical fertilizers, pumping septic tanks every two to three years, and reducing or eliminating cleaning products that contain phosphorus. Marty Burke, BPC board member and Citizen Science Team leader, explains how this program is designed to ideally prevent any potential problems in Brewster's ponds such as toxic algal/bacteria blooms. By becoming "stewards of the land," we can all do our small part by taking this pledge.
Following along with the principle of the PPP, the BPC has prepared the informational document "Five Steps to Improve the Health of Our Ponds." In addition to the action steps identified above, this fact sheet provides more detailed information and includes how to stop polluted runoff and the importance of planting and growing plants that are native to Cape Cod. Please read and download this important document here.
Pond Protection Pledge signs posted by Seymour Pond association members residing on Tracy Lane in Brewster.
Photograph courtesy of William F. Pomeroy.