The last General Meeting of 2012 for the HPWA was on Monday, October 1st at 7 P.M. at The New Testament Church in Cedarville.
The Medicine Man of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Troy Currence, and one of the Elders of the Tribe, Hazel Harding-Currence, presented history and stories from the Tribe's past, plus information about its present-day activities. We learned about the revival of the Wampanoag language and heard how it sounds. There were many questions from the group, and warm appreciation for answers shared. Portions of the program were video-recorded for future posting.
At our August 20, 2012 meeting Kim Tower, Environmental Technician for the Town of Plymouth, was the featured speaker and received a Certificate of Appreciation from HPWA for all her with us. The Powerpoint of her presentation detailing some of the work we have done together is archived here. An application to US EPA was not funded this year, but be sure to register your support with the Environmental Management Department at Town Hall for a renewed application next year.
The HPWA Shed Faire event held at the Cedarville Fire Station on Sunday, July 29 netted $1706
towards our water quality testing costs for this year's volunteer pond sampling. Thank you to all
members, friends, and families who donated items for sale, assisted setting up and running the event,
and/or came and bought treasures at bargain prices! Our raffle winner was a young summer visitor
of Great Herring Pond from California.
HPWA Herring Run Bird Walk recorded 26 species in morning stroll on May 26. Click for list.
Makepeace Neighborhood Fund Grant Awarded to HPWA:
HPWA’s project proposal for “Herring Ponds Watershed Awareness Education” was one of 33 projects selected for (partial) funding in 2012 by the A.D. Makepeace Company. Brian, John, Rali and Lee attended the May 17 Grant Awards Ceremony and Grantee Reception at Box Mill Hall on the Makepeace Company campus in Wareham. Since 2005 the company has invested over $1 million in projects that support agriculture, health care, education, the environment, historic preservation, and community housing in towns where the company operates.
In this project the Education and Outreach Committee will create, print and mail a 20-page watershed information and stewardship booklet to residents within the state-designated Herring River Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Our completion target is Spring 2013. Distribution of a digital version via e-mail and the association’s web site will extend the impact of the project to additional residents and site visitors.
Although we did not receive the full amount of our request, a grant match challenge by a generous summer resident of Great Herring Pond will enable us to fully fund all project activities and to meet the proposed goals.
If you or someone you know (friends, family, or student) are interested in getting in on the ground floor and volunteering on this project as a researcher, writer, editor, artist, photographer, or in any other capacity please contact Lee Pulis, Education and Outreach Committee chair, at 617 216-4921 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Plymouth has just become the recipient of a construction grant to mitigate stormwater pollution in the Pond Rd./Shore Rd. area of Great Herring Pond. This announcement came from Coastal Zone Management, a State agency. The award money is $104k. It will be matched by an additional $97k from the Town. Construction is expected to start in March and will consist of a variety of systems, separators, bio-retention areas, and a rain garden. We are absolutely thrilled that this problem is about to be resolved. Our association has been flagging the runoff in this area for years and measured the pond pollution it causes. More details about the work about to start can be found in an Old Colony Memorial article dated 2/15/2012. UPDATE: See also several photos of the project construction taken in Summer 2012 on our Photo Gallery page.
Good news: For many years our association has flagged stormwater runoff - and the pond pollution it causes in the Pond Rd./Shore Rd. area of Great Herring Pond. The Town of Plymouth recently completed an engineering study to mitigate this problem. Funds for this study came from Coastal Zone Management (CZM), a State agency, and the Town. The next step is raising additional money to proceed with the actual mitigation work. The Town is applying for a grant from CZM for this purpose, and hopes to complete this project next summer.
The Town of Bourne is replacing the Little Sandy Pond Road Bridge across the Herring River. The town felt that the bridge had become a hazard to public safety. The project should be completed very soon - before the herring return to spawn. During the project, water flow has been diverted to an eight foot wide channel beside the bridge. Two photos in the Photo Gallery submitted by Dave Clark show construction of the bridge and the diversion channel.
Last summer's water quality and storm runoff test results are now available and have been posted.
At the August 30th, 2010 general meeting the following officers were elected by the membership:
President: Brian Harrington, Vice-President: David Clark, Secretary: Fred Kurker, Treasurer: John Foye