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:
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.