It's never too late to be informed about simple actions all of us can take to improve the health of our ponds. The BPC has prepared a fact sheet that outlines five key actions: testing our water, servicing septic systems, reducing fertilizer use, stopping polluted runoff, and planting and growing plants that are native to our environment. Simple steps can lead to big results!
Read and download the document here.
Let's all be prepared for the Fall 2023 Brewster Special Town Meeting! Attend this informative session hosted by the BPC about the four articles relating to Brewster’s water quality issues.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Brewster Council on Aging
1673 Main Street, Brewster
The Brewster Ponds Coalition invites you to come learn more about the four articles relating to water quality issues in the Town of Brewster, which will be voted upon at our upcoming Special Town Meeting on November 13.
1. Ponds Management Plan & Pilot Pond Study: Professional services and costs for development of a town-wide pond management plan and related pond pilot studies - to be funded from Free Cash/Water Quality Stabilization - $100,000
2. Herring River Watershed Permit: Professional services and costs for development of the Town’s planned Herring River Watershed Permit, including analysis of future build-out potential - to be funded from the Water Quality Stabilization - $50,000
3. Drainage/Road Maintenance: Professional services for engineering, permitting, and construction associated with road maintenance and drainage - to be funded from Free Cash - $250,000
4. Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP): To see if the Town will vote to adopt an updated Master Plan for Brewster which has been developed by the Vision Planning Committee, a copy of which plan is on file at the Town Clerk's office and posted on the Town's website, and which plan if adopted by the Town Meeting would constitute Brewster’s Local Comprehensive Plan as defined in Section 9 of the Cape Cod Commission Act (Chapter 716 of the Acts of 1989). Or take any other action relative thereto.
Susan Bridges, President of the BPC, and Sharon Tennstedt, LCP committee chair, will be providing background about each of these articles, answer questions about each, and explain why your vote is important.
Please plan to join us on Wednesday, November 1.
Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Photograph of the 2021 town vote for the purchase of the Cape Cod Sea Camps, courtesy of William F. Pomeroy.
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.
It is projected that due to climate warming the tide levels and water temperatures in Pleasant Bay will increase by the end of the century. The Pleasant Bay Alliance is currently working to identify ways in which the Bay's climate resilience can be increased. As such, the Alliance is providing two opportunities for citizens to learn about these potential impacts to the Bay and to provide comments on potential strategies moving forward.
The community forum noted above will present research on "estimated climate effects on the barrier beach and inner shoreline, coastal flooding, and impacts to public access and infrastructure." Representatives from various Alliance partners will make presentations, including the Center for Coastal Studies, Woods Hole Sea Grant, Boston University, and Cape Cod National Seashore. This is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required and can be accessed here.
The second opportunity is an online community survey, available here on the Pleasant Bay Alliance website. Your opinions about potential climate related effects and resilience strategies are important. Survey results will be shared at the October 21 forum.
Just in case you missed the insert in your monthly water bill, below is a notice that the Town of Brewster issued concerning acceptable use of lawn fertilizer. This notice explains how to use phosphorous-free, slow-release fertilizer on lawns to protect or ponds and streams. You can also view this information on the Town of Brewster's website, by clicking here.
The BPC participated at the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Friday, September 8, held at the Brewster Ladies Library. Our representatives shared information about the BPC's events and activities, as well as opportunities to volunteer in a range of our committees and initiatives. Pictured below are Kristi Dondlinger, an avid BPC volunteer, and Ron Essig, a BPC Board member and Citizen Science Team Leader. In addition to Kristi and Ron, Marty Burke, also a BPC Board member and Citizen Science Team Leader, assisted with staffing our table at the fair.
For more information on our programs and volunteer opportunities, click on the "Programs" tab above.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
9:30 - 11:30 AM
This could be the last planned bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail this summer (unless there are requests for more!). In order to get ready and chat about the ride, please plan on meeting no later than 9:15 AM at the CCRT Parking Lot on Rt 137 across from Ferretti's Market.
We will head west on the CCRT through Harwich, Dennis, and into Yarmouth, passing Sheep, Seymour, Long, and Hinckleys Ponds, the West Reservoir, and over the new Bass River bridge. A fun ride on a fairly new spur of the CCRT!
Please read the BPC Cycling Group “Rules of the Road" beforehand. The notes will tell you all you need to know from clothes to wear, how to ride safely in a group, simple cycling terms, and safety thoughts and tips.
The ride is limited to 12 riders and FREE to BPC members. Register here!
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Beginning at 10:00 AM
Join the BPC and leader Nancy Ortiz for a three-mile narrated walk at Sheep Pond Woodlands on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 AM. We will visit three scenic beaches including the pristine public landing. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a snack. The area is mostly flat; however, there will be some rocky trails and roots. There is a maximum of 25 participants for this FREE event. More details will be sent to registered participants before the walk. Register here!
Monday, October 2, 2023
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Brewster Council on Aging
673 Main Street, Brewster
The BPC invites you to learn about the Pond Education Program that we developed for the children in Brewster's elementary schools. Through a combination of a short presentation, a puppet show, and hands-on activities at a pond, students learn to identify pond creatures, how to recognize the features of a healthy pond, and the importance of protecting our ponds. The BPC hopes that by attending this presentation, you will also gain a greater appreciation of the diversity of the amazing ecosystems of our ponds and will become active participants in protecting this important resource.
To register, please call the Council on Aging at 508-896-2737.
Friday, September 8, 2023
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Auditorium, Brewster Ladies' Library
1822 Main Street, Brewster
The BPC will be participating along with many other local non-profit organizations at this upcoming Volunteer Recruitment Fair. Representatives of all the organizations will be available to share information about opportunities for you to volunteer your time and talents to important activities in Brewster and beyond. Be sure to attend and stop by the BPC table to learn more about how you can help us further our mission of "protecting and improving the health of Brewster's ponds through science, education and advocacy."
For a copy of the event announcement, click here or visit the library website.