The Brewster Ponds Coalition’s programs support the organization’s mission to protect the health, beauty, and enjoyment of Brewster's ponds in many different ways.
Pond Health Monitoring
The BPC’s Citizen Science program tests numerous Brewster ponds regularly from Spring-Fall for the presence of cyanobacteria. This ground breaking program contributes to the University of New Hampshire's cyanobacteria research.
Water Quality Monitoring volunteers test 29 Brewster ponds biannually for temperature, water clarity, and other factors, building data repositories that impact environmental planning and policy.
BPC programs raise awareness of pond-friendly practices. The Pond Education Program nurtures tomorrow’s pond stewards by teaching pond ecology to Brewster school children both in the classroom and in the field at a local pond.
BPC board members and volunteers engage in Pond Neighborhood Outreach to evaluate potential problems in a neighborhood’s local pond and to educate property owners about pond-friendly landscaping and septic practices.
Pond Habitat Protection
BPC Pond Remediation Projects tackle pond-specific problems; as for example, planting a rain garden to collect eroding stormwater runoff or harvesting plants to remediate a pond’s excess phosphorus levels.
BPC Pond Trail Monitors walk Brewster pond trails, reporting problem areas like blocked trails, trash dumping or washouts, to ensure safe access and prevent possible water quality problems.