As summer draws to a close, we hope you had wonderful times enjoying our waters. We all felt joy and relief to be out of our houses walking the beaches, swimming in the cool waters, and being out in boats, kayaks and paddleboards. For many of us, our waters are central to our quality of life.
This has been a strange and challenging year, but also a year to take the time to think about what is important in our lives–what brings joy to our hearts and peace to our souls. This was a year to celebrate approval at Town Meeting of the decades-long effort to protect these waters we love with a sewer system of our downtown and a wastewater treatment plant. Thank you to everyone who supported these efforts and voted to make them happen. It is easy these days to forget to take the time to experience gratitude for the good moments of 2020.
OPC continues to celebrate our waters by advocating for future wastewater plans, providing dispensers, mitts and volunteers to protect our waterways from dog waste, and exploring new technologies for pond remediation. Thanks to our demonstration project at Sarah’s Pond, we are collecting valuable data on nanobubble technology and learning first-hand what this technology may or may not be capable of accomplishing.
Join us at our virtual annual meeting via Zoom on Sunday, November 8th, at 5:00 PM to hear more about our activities over the past year. Hear our technical advisor, Dr. Ken Wagner, speak on what we are learning about nanobubbles at Sarah’s Pond as well as provide a “primer” on cyanobacteria blooms in our fresh water ponds. Information on the meeting as well as bios for the slate of Directors to be elected are now on the OPC website.
We delayed our OPC membership drive by a few months, but now we are asking that you renew your membership with as generous a donation as possible. We will not be conducting a year-end fund raiser this year, so your generous donation is especially important at this time. We need and appreciate your continued support of our efforts to protect and preserve our waters.
We hope you stay healthy and safe and continue to enjoy our waters into the fall. There is much work yet to be done – please give generously and help to keep our good works going.
Judith W. Bruce – President
The 2020 Orleans Pond Coalition Annual Membership Renewal and Appeal Letter is also now available to download for those who wish to respond by US Mail. Just click here to download, print the document and fill out the membership renewal/appeal form on the 2nd page, and then mail your form and check to:
Orleans Pond Coalition
P.O. Box 2485
Orleans, MA 02653
We look forward to your participation in the coming new year.