Mission Statement: The Friends of the Village Pond Watershed Association is dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural beauty and health of the Village Pond through collaboration, education, advocacy, and science.
Testing our pond
by, Laura English
On a quiet morning in mid May, I joined Sophia Feuerhake, Senior Water Quality Technician, from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (and Pond Village resident), in her canoe on Pond Village Pond. I had signed up to volunteer with the APCC to assist in pond monitoring as part of the Cape Cod Commission's Fresh Water Initiative, a collaborative mission employing the APCC as water monitors and data collectors and the Center for Coastal Studies as water analysts. That morning we would go to three ponds: Village Pond and then Clapps and Blackwater ponds in Provincetown. The three year CCC project entails collecting data and water samples once a month from April through October across 50 ponds on Cape Cod with the goal of assessing the overall health of the Cape’s ponds and lakes. Additionally, according to the CCC, the study will “identify regional trends in water quality, and evaluate the impact of these critical resources on the region’s economy.” Our Village Pond and Great Pond off Collins Road are the two Truro being monitored for the study.