At our general public meeting held Monday, October 6, 2014 Geri Williams presented the award-winning Plymouth Garden Club slide program on the three environmental treasures left by receding glaciers 12,000 years ago: the Plymouth-Carver Aquifer; the Coastal Plain Ponds; and the Atlantic Pine Barrens ecosystem.
        Update on the proposed Triangle-Little Herring Pond 10-home Village Open Space Development: the Sept 29, 2014 public hearing that was originally continued to Nov. 17 was further continued to Monday, Dec. 15, then January 5, 2015. The town Community Preservation Committee is now working with the developer to get the property appraised for possible purchase; therefore the public hearing is again continued to March 9, 2015. When/if needed, we will alert all concerned HPWA watershed stewards via email to attend and be counted at the appropriate Planning Board meeting. Of course, you are welcome at any such hearing to attend and express your opinion. See below for background information:

  • Lee's input to the January 5, 2015 public hearing. Click also for Brian's input.
  • Marleen's Letter to the Editor of the Old Colony Memorial, as posted Nov. 1 on Plymouth Wicked Local.
  • Read Lee's Letter to the Editor of OCM urging the Board to follow its own rules and reject the inappropriate development site outright.
  • View media reporting of the Sept. 29 Planning Board hearing on LHP VOSD; read the Planning Board Minutes of Sept. 29 Public Hearing
  • View the Sept. 29 Planning Bd mtg on PACTV. The LHP VOSD public hearing starts at 1:27:36; HPWA presentation is soon after
  • View Lee's PowerPoint from HPWA's Sept. 29 public hearing, and leave comments on the OCM's Facebook page coverage here
  • The proposed project site is the narrow ridge between Triangle and Little Herring Ponds, an area formerly designated Open Space and Priority Habitat! For questions, offers to help, or to pledge to the Watershed Protection Program contact lee@theherringpondswatershed.org
  • Keep up to date on LHP VOSD - read the text of this Wednesday's front page lead article online here, or download this PDF
  • See: Brian's letter to the editor of the Old Colony Memorial regarding the proposed LHP VOSD.
  • Click for text of Lee's oral presentation about the proposed Little Herring Pond Rd VOSD development, made in public comments to the Board of Selectmen on September 23, 2014. Written brief given Selectmen.
  • See also: Plant checklist and Bird checklist from our May 18, 2014 walk of the site.​


        Brian Harrington was reelected President and John Foye was reelected Treasurer at the August 25th

public general membership meeting. Pledges received for our Watershed Protection Program legal fund

topped our goal for Phase 1. Great brownies and other sweet treats were enjoyed. Donna Mager was

the Windspinner Winner for the most generous pledge of the evening!
        HPWA's 2nd annual pot luck Picnic was held 3-7 PM, Saturday, August 9th on the east shore of Great

Herring Pond (at 173 Herring Pond Rd...Weston bogs...where American flags fly from every fencepost).

Click Photo Gallery and scroll to see photos of this year's fun.
        Water quality sampling on GHP and LHP was last conducted June 30, 2014. (Click the Water Quality 

menu button to see all archived lab test data.) Town of Plymouth has notified us of a new Mass

Environmental Trust grant to support town-wide pond sampling later this summer. The next Water Quality

sampling will be in August. To volunteer - Call or email Eb von Goeler!

HPWA was very active this spring! Here are the Special Events of May 2014:
        Our first public meeting for 2014 was Monday, May 19th, 7 PM at the New Testament Church on Long Pond Rd in Cedarville. The program was an electronic aerial tour of the watershed with focus on the Carter's River area and proposed residential development between Triangle and Little Herring ponds. If you were there, or even if you missed the meeting, email lee@theherringpondswatershed.org for a bookmark file that will open for you in free-download Google Earth. You can then control your own pan, tilt, pause, and zoom.
        Our annual bird walk with Brian was Sunday, May 18th (38 species - click here for eBird report). Special thanks also to Irina Kadis and Alexey Zinovjev, Assistant Curators at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, for joining us to identify plants (82 species! - click here for the list with photo links). We focused on the land between Little Herring and Triangle ponds, recently proposed for development of ten homes.
        ​Saturday, May 17th, 2014 HPWA hosted a table of kids activities at the SE Mass Pine Barrens Alliance Pine Fest

in Myles Standish State Forest. Robbie and Emma discussed the Stewardship Guide with Frederick Law Olmstead.
        Volunteers helped with the first-of-the-year  water quality sampling Wednesday, May 7th at 10:30 AM at the Mass

Maritime Sailing Center (Trails End Cove Rd) on Great Herring Pond.
        Saturday, April 26th, 2014 HPWA members hosted kids activities at the Plimoth Plantation's 1st Herring Run

Festival at Jenney Grist Mill. Kids decorated a herring cut-out and colored their own copy of our new HPWA graphic

novel "Run, Herring, Run" (Printing funded by a New England Grassroots Environment Fund grant).
        Watershed Action Alliance members, parents, grandparents, and teachers: Print-ready color or black & white PDFs

available for your herring run educational events, classroom or family reading by clicking cover icons below:

HPWA Spring 2014 Newsletter is here! Also, Bald Eagles are nesting again this year (2014) just north of the watershed

and visiting our ponds to stock their nest pantry.

Congrats to Robbie Haigh, our former Membership Committee chair, for a March 5, 2014 front-page article in the Old

Colony Memorial, available for online viewing. Her TV show "Seniority" and volunteerism are highlighted.

HPWA education committee had a great meeting February 6th, 2014 with Town Hall officials about Parcel 15.

Conservation restrictions are being worked on for state approval, to be held by Wildlands Trust.

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