On Friday August 5, 2022, a Cyanobacteria Advisory was posted by the Brewster Health Department due to a visible algal bloom indicative of elevated levels of cyanobacteria. The decision was made in conjunction with a recommendation by the MA Department of Public Health. The posting is at the Grist Mill location and Lower Mill Pond dam.
As an additional precautionary measure, a second posting was erected at the Lower Mill Pond Drive association kayak launch area. This was done in a collaborative manner to advise the public by the Brewster Ponds Coalition and the local Beach Association.
Out of an abundance of caution and until further notice, people and pets should avoid contact with the pond water in those areas and any other areas with a visible algal mat or bloom. Do not ingest or get pond water in your mouth.
Additional testing is scheduled over the next two weeks. The Town of Brewster and the Brewster Ponds Association will continue to monitor our freshwater ponds in Brewster to provide timely notification to our residents of potentially harmful algal blooms.
The Town and the BPC will report back when the pond is to be reopened.
Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your animals have a sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.
If you have any questions please contact:
Marty Burke - email@example.com
For additional information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water or Cyanobacteria Monitoring on Cape Cod - Barnstable County (wpengine.com) or The Brewster Ponds Coalition www.brewsterponds.org.
Please join the BPC for a three-mile hike led by Nancy Ortiz in the Punkhorn Parklands to Seymour Pond at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 3. There will be a synopsis of the history of the Punkhorn, along with interesting facts and a great view of Seymour Pond and the surrounding bogs. Maximum of 25 participants.
The BPC 2022 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church, 3600 Main Street, East Brewster. Following a brief business meeting, guest speaker Zenas “Zee” Crocker, Executive Director of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, will talk about the BCWC’s recent launch and funding of a three-year alternative septic system pilot program, including 14 homes along the shore of Shubael Pond in Marston Mills. Breakfast quiche, fresh fruit, coffee will be served. Limited to 100 attendees. FREE to BPC members. All others a $10 suggested contribution.
Join the Brewster Ponds Coalition and business partner SUPfari Adventures for an informative guided tour of Long Pond from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Saturday July 30th (rain date Sunday July 31st). Paddle by the newly acquired Sea Camps pond property and observe the shoreline differences between Harwich and Brewster.
Your guides, Ryan Burch and Luke Foley from SUPfari Adventures will discuss the importance of vegetative buffers and explain why incorporating native plants is particularly important.
This paddle is limited to 12 participants. The fee is $76 per person and pre-registration and payment are required. This is a no-refund, no-cancellation event since reservations are extremely limited and will go fast!
The BPC Cycling Group rides again this summer! Join us for four (4) FREE cycling tours as we explore the backroads and kettle ponds of Brewster and beyond. Join us for Tour #2 on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 9:15 AM. Ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail past four kettle ponds and into Harwich and back. Registration is required. Go here to reserve a spot:
Meet up instructions will be provided prior to the event.
Explore a pond! Join us for a fun and educational Pond Field Trip for children ages 5 and above on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 AM. Learn about the creatures that live in the ponds and how to keep ponds healthy. This guided activity will be approximately one hour long and is limited to nine children. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Pre-registration is required. Limited to nine (9) children.
Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival Tours In Brewster
July 12th & 13th
The Brewster Ponds Coalition and The Brewster Garden Club are excited to host four gardens as part of 2022’s Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival on July 12th and 13th! Four Brewster gardens will be highlighted, each designed and maintained by the individual owners and carrying a unique charm. The garden features are wide-ranging, with hydrangeas, native pollinator gardens, sun and shade perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees, hollies, organic vegetable gardens, and permagarden water conservation and runoff mitigation techniques. Some properties are waterfront or have water features - there is something for every interest!
We invite you to visit 69 Howes Road. The owners of this unique, alternative garden near Sheep Pond have worked with Terra Firma Permagarden to mitigate their roof runoff, capturing it in downspout keyhole gardens and lithic swales.
The terraced garden beds that surround the rock-lined keyhole were planted with native high and low-bush blueberry bushes and native bearberry, demonstrating key ecosystem management techniques while providing color and beauty. Pre-registration is not required. The tour costs $5/person and proceeds support the BPC.
The terraced garden beds that surround the rock-lined keyhole were planted with native high and low-bush blueberry bushes and native bearberry, demonstrating key ecosystem management techniques while providing color and beauty.
Pre-registration is not required. Tours are $5 per person per garden. You can pay cash at each garden on the day of the tour. All proceeds benefit the community work of the host organizations.
Join Us! Saturday – July 9th, 2022 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at Drummer Boy Park!
Brewster Conservation Day (BCD) is back, in person, at Drummer Boy Park – bigger and better than ever! We kick off a weeklong conservation celebration with Brewster Conservation Day, Saturday, July 9th, 2022.
With over 40 unique presentations, you can learn from interactive exhibits on aquaculture, natural plant gardening, and alternative septic systems. We will pick up where we left off and welcome back some of our favorite exhibits and activities. This year’s special exhibit is Water Resources: We Are All a Part of the Solution! Learn about our aquifer, ocean resources, coastal erosion, herring migration, whale rescue, and alternative energy. Tour the blacksmith shop and the windmill, see a Weed Harvester and enjoy some Brewster oysters. Special presentations announcement and schedule of events coming soon. Sponsored by the Brewster Conservation Trust, the Town of Brewster Conservation, Natural Resources Department, the Brewster Historical Society, and The Brewster Ponds Coalition.
Visit the popular BPC BIG Flush interactive exhibit to learn where it all goes by crawling through a model septic system.... from toilet to leach field... and beyond! Visit us at the BPC tent to learn about the Citizen Scientist cyanobacteria pond testing and airborne aerosols research programs. Check out the BPC's school pond ecology education program exhibit. Find out about pond remediation projects and see the town’s Pond Plant Eco-Harvester. Chat with BPC board members and volunteers and learn how you can get involved.
For more information about this GREAT event and to see exhibitor info, video and more go to the Brewster Conservation website or Click Here.
“Brewster Conservation Day 2022 is supported
by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council.”
The Brewster Ponds Summit 2022 was held on Friday, June 17th from 9AM - 12 Noon at the Brewster Baptist Church. The summit focused on the impact of septic system nutrient loading to groundwater and ponds. Leaders and administrators from the town’s Select Board, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Works, Health Department, Conservation, Planning and Water Departments were all in attendance as five expert panelists provided an overview of how title 5 septic systems work and the fact they they provide little nutrient reduction as wastewater flow out of septic system leach fields into groundwater and ponds. More than 90 people attended in person. Our media partners at Lower Cape TV kindly live streamed the event through the town of Brewster Facebook page, where more than 90 additional people watched. LCTV recorded the full meeting which is available by clicking here.
Images courtesy of William F. Pomeroy
Join us for four (4) FREE cycling tours this summer as we explore the backroads and kettle ponds of Brewster and beyond.
CYCLING TOUR #1 Thursday June 30, 2022 - Time: 9:15AM
Ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail past four kettle ponds and into Harwich. Perhaps a rest stop in Harwich center for a drink and a stop at one of Brewster's kettle ponds on the return and perhaps a dip in the pond? Meet-up instructions will be provided prior to the event.
Each participant must register individually. Each ride is limited to 12 participants. Free to BPC Members. Save these dates! Location and directions to be announced. All rides start at 9:30 AM. Future cycle tours: Thursday July 28, Thursday August 25, Thursday September 22, 2022.
Please read BPC RULES OF THE ROAD before signing up!