Meetings are regularly scheduled to discuss the overall results from the Phase III study and any issues carried over from previous meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday March 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss Brewster’s Ponds. Please join us.
Developing a Brewster Ponds Organization - 2nd Meeting
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brewster Town Hall
So far, seven meetings have been held to present the following topics:
Brewster Ponds Meeting, January 11, 2014
Live near a pond? Like to swim, fish or boat in a pond? Wonder what is happening to some of Brewster’s ponds?
Schoolhouse Pond - Rapid Watershed Assessment
The results from watershed desktop analyses for Brewster’s ponds, land use, and septic systems were discussed during this meeting. In addition, nutrient modeling results for nitrogen and phosphorous and watershed nutrient load management strategies were also presented. This meeting was held on September 9, 2013.
Integrated Water Resource Management Planning - What’s Happening Now?
Management of nitrogen loads to coastal embayments and freshwater pond protection and restoration were discussed at a meeting which took place in Brewster in early August. Options for golf course fertilizer reduction were discussed as well as nutrient management alternatives for Brewster’s Ponds. This meeting was held on August 1, 2013.
Integrated Water Resource Management Plan - Improving Stormwater Management
A meeting was held in late July focusing on stormwater management improvements in Brewster. Stormwater regulatory revisions were discussed in addition to potential site-specific infrastructure options such as bioretention and porous pavement. This meeting was held on July 24, 2013.
Onsite Alternative Treatment Systems
Alternative treatment systems for nutrient management in Brewster such as alternative toilets, injection wells, and permeable reactive barriers, and potential site locations were discussed during a meeting held on July 8, 2013.
To better protect water quality within Brewster’s freshwater ponds and lakes, preliminary research regarding best management practices (BMPs) to manage phosphorus in septic system effluent was presented on June 18, 2013 at a Board of Health meeting. This research will help inform potential changes in the Town’s septic system regulations. See the Board of Health memo here.
Integrated Water Resource Management Planning and Pond Management In Brewster
The Brewster IWRMP was presented at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR)’s first Annual Cape Coastal Conference on June 14, 2013. Phase III of the Town’s IWRMP was discussed, including opportunities for managing nitrogen loads to coastal embayments, protecting public and private drinking water supplies, protecting and restoring fresh water ponds, and improving stormwater management were discussed.
Three products have been developed for posting in the Town and for use as handouts at meetings or during field trips:
An educational poster for use at town hall and the Brewster Ladies Library;
A brochure describing the issues and potential solutions identified during the planning process (link to brochure);
A handout, such as a "Do Not Disturb" doorknob hanger, to foster the protection of the natural resources in the town.
Video recordings of the committee meetings and public presentations related to this project can be found here.