Click here to see the December 2013 Newsletter, the August 2013 Newsletter, the Summer 2013 Newsletter, and the Spring 2013 Newsletter.
HPWA committed to raise $10,000 to facilitate Plymouth's purchase of 5-acre Parcel 15 in the Carters River corridor between Great and Little Herring Ponds, with Community Preservation Act funds. Our goal was reached thanks to 30+ member/donors! And on October 19, 2013 Fall Town Meeting approved the purchase of the property by the town, with CPA Funds. Your support made this possible! Read more here: August 3, 2013 article in the Old Colony Memorial or June 22, 2013 WickedLocal.com article.
Watch Watershed Action Alliance's HPWA member spotlight video featuring Brian Harrington highlighting
this special area. The last HPWA Public meeting of 2013 was Tuesday, October 1, 7PM at the New
Testament Church in Cedarville. Two of our members, Kristine and Robert Keese, presented their 20+
year history and process of organic cranberry growing in bogs around our ponds. Very interesting!
Learn more about their first ten years of organic growing.
Officers elected August 19, 2013 (2-yr terms): Lee Pulis, Vice President, and Rali Esterman, Secretary
Dave Clark presented a program with Q&A on septic systems, and HPWA Volunteer Coordinator Robbie
Haigh interviews Education Committee Chair Lee Pulis on Sandwich Community TV program "Seniority".
Sorry, Cancelled due to rain: Friday, July 26th at 5:00 til dusk - the HPWA pot-luck picnic on the east shore of Great Herring Pond (retired cranberry bog lined with small American flags ~ 173 Herring Pond Rd). Rescheduled for September 7, 2013.
Our mid-summer public meeting was July 15, 2013, 7:00 PM at The New Testament Church in Cedarville. Hydrogeologist Neal Price presented a great program on the Plymouth-Carver sole-source aquifer and its relationship to our ponds and wells. Click on the Photo Gallery and scroll down to see the newest screech owl members of our watershed (2013 nesting season).
Our first public meeting of the 2013 season was held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 20th at the New Testament Church at 1120 Long Pond Road in Cedarville. Debbie Cook, the Manager of the Greenscapes Program at North and South Rivers Watershed Association, gave a presentation on lawn care. She showed how our current lawn regimens threaten water quality and quantity. She offered strategies from landscape professionals for beautiful yards, safe for people, pets and ponds.
Results of our latest regular pond water sampling of Great and Little Herring Ponds on 4/30/13 are now available. Nutrients appear to be gratifyingly low, so were e-coli except at Carter's Bridge. Water was incredibly clear, with Secchi disk measurements around 8 m. Dissolved oxygen and vertical temperature profile did not yet indicate summertime stratification. Altogether quite positive results!
HPWA Spring Bird Walk: Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:00 AM at Bournedale Herring Run Park. Brian Harrington, Leader. 42 species were seen/heard in 2 hours. Some highlights: Ovenbird, Black & White Warbler, Rough-winged Swallows. See the full checklist on ebird here.
Your Herring Ponds Watershed Stewardship Guide is available for viewing by clicking the cover icon below
or on the Education and Outreach page. Print copies have been distributed free to members and residents
by mail by volunteers walking watershed neighborhoods. Let us know if you didn't get one or need another!
Robbie Haigh, our Volunteer Coordinator, recently interviewed Eb and Marleen von Goeler about HPWA on
Sandwich Access TV.
Spotted Salamander eggs noted in vernal pools 4/4/13. Ospreys are back on nests. Remember to put our
Herring Run Field Trip on your calendar for April 27.
Herring Run Field Trip -- Held April 27, 2013 at 10 AM. We met at the Canal Visitor Center on Rt 6 between
the Bourne and the Sagamore Bridges. A Corps of Engineers biologist lead the tour and discussion.
Numbers look better this year.
HPWA Photo Contest - Entries closed October 15, 2012. Click for rules. Many great entries were submitted! An 18-month calendar starting in mid-2013 featured the winning entries (50 copies produced and sold for $15 each). Additional photo entries were incorporated in our Spring 2013 Watershed Stewardship Guide, supported by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund and an HPWA member's matching donation.