Join the Brewster Ponds Coalition, Brewster Conservation Trust, and APCC in supporting watershed protection of the Sea Camps Long Pond Property.
Comments must be sent to BrewsterSeaCamps@gmail.com through December 10, 2023.
Dear Members and Friends:
While the BPC recognizes the critical need for attainable housing in Brewster, we strongly object to the proposed housing option on the Long Pond property.
Why not the pond property? Because more than half of the property is in a zone II drinking water protection area. About half of the town’s water supply comes from this well field. The pond property is also a potential location for additional wells if needed. Much of the property is in the sensitive Herring River Watershed, and all of the property impacts Long Pond, the largest kettle pond on Cape Cod which the US EPA identified as being impaired back in 2004. Let’s not make it worse.
Grow Smart Cape Cod, a mapping project partnership by APCC and Housing Assistance Corporation, identified the Long Pond property as being located within a priority natural resource area that should be protected and, therefore, is not appropriate for the development of housing. The same APCC-HAC project identified the area of the Cape Cod Bay Sea Camps property as one of the most suitable locations for housing in Brewster.
Yes, Brewster needs attainable housing, but we need to be smart about where to put it and have a plan for dealing with the resulting wastewater. Brewster is the only one of the 15 towns on the Cape that doesn’t yet have a comprehensive wastewater plan. Thus, the BPC strongly believes that all town-sponsored housing projects should be put on hold until a comprehensive wastewater plan has been developed.
The Brewster Ponds Coalition Board of Directors
Photograph courtesy of William F. Pomeroy, taken on Long Pond.