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Clean Water Wednesday w/ Barnstable Clean Water Coalition!
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We have teamed up with Barnstable Clean Water Coalition to create Clean Water Wednesday, an educational series held at the brewery! Join us as we deep dive into topics that are affecting not only our water on Cape Cod but globally as well! #CleanWaterMatters
This is a free event, however, RSVPs through Eventbrite are encouraged!
Water Pollution: What about Phosphorus?
We hear so much about nitrogen pollution from wastewater impacting the water quality in our ponds and bays. But what about phosphorus? Join us at Cape Cod Beer on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about this lesser-known nutrient. Excess phosphorus can lead to cyanobacteria blooms and increased invasive algal growth in ponds. Tara Nye Lewis from the Cape Cod Commission and John Keith from the Brewster Ponds Coalition will discuss sources of phosphorus, the ecological impacts of phosphorus pollution, and remediation methods. They will also provide information on how to get involved and learn more about protecting our local ponds.
Tara Nye Lewis has been on Cape Cod since 1998, first working at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as the Regional Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator. She moved to North Carolina for a few years but returned to work as the Staff Biologist for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) for 13 years. At APCC Tara worked with the Pond and Lake Stewards (PALS) Program, initiated the salt marsh restoration program, and conducted numerous education and training workshops. She next accepted a job at Horsley Witten Group as a Coastal Ecologist. Tara has been with the Cape Cod Commission as a Water Resources Analyst since early 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UMass Dartmouth and a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.
John Keith is Vice President and a founding member of the Brewster Ponds Coalition and a semi-retired engineer. For 10 years, he was Director of Operations and then Lead Technical Advisor to Pure Earth, a New York non-profit. He was also at Pfizer as Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety for 16 years and prior to that was Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection leading the State’s air and water pollution programs. John holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program. John has a strong interest in helping Brewster develop a plan that addresses long-term water quality concerns, particularly controlling nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen in our ponds. Specifically, John has been leading a plant harvesting demonstration project to improve water quality in Elbow Pond in Brewster.