Phyllis Theermann

The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will host a community forum on pond health on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. as part of its continuing Grow Green Wellesley initiative.

“SAVING OUR PONDS: What Wellesley is Doing and How You Can Help” will examine the current health of Wellesley ponds and educate residents on ways to keep them protected. The forum will be held in the Kingsbury Room at the Wellesley Police Station located at 485 Washington Street.

“Environmental education is a key part of the NRC mission and through this forum we hope to encourage residents to become stakeholders in protecting our most precious and fragile resource – water,” said NRC director Brandon Schmitt. Forum topics will focus on the importance of pond health, threats to our ponds, current and planned pond preservation activities, and most important, ways residents can become involved in protecting our ponds.

The forum will feature experts on pond management including: Julie Dyer Wood, Director of Projects for the Charles River Watershed Association; Morses Pond Manager Ken Wagner of Water Resources Services; and Richard Howell, President of Friends of Morses Pond and Chair of the Wellesley Wetlands Protection Committee.

Guest Speakers:
– Julie Dyer Wood, M.S., Director of Projects for the Charles River Watershed Association on how you can minimize your impact on water resources
– Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Manager of Water Resources Services on Wellesley’s Comprehensive Pond Management Plan
– Richard Howell, Chair of the Wetlands Protection Committee and President of Friends of Morses Pond on how to advocate for your pond

“Saving Our Ponds” is co-sponsored by the Wellesley Department of Public Works, Recreation Department, Sustainable Wellesley, Friends of Morses Pond, and the Friends of Brookside, and is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission at nrc@wellesleyma.gov, or 781-431-1019, x2294.

Phyllis Theermann

Come hear the candidates discuss their ideas and positions on the critical environmental issues we face. The discussion will be moderated by Katie Lannan of State House News Service.

Democratic candidates Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, and Setti Warren have confirmed and Governor Baker has been invited but is unable to attend.

Event takes place on Monday, April 23rd, from 5pm-7pm at the Suffolk University Sargent Hall Function Room (120 Tremont Street, Boston MA).

The forum is free to attend, but attendees must register at gubforumonenvironment.eventbrite.com as space is limited.

Participating Organizations include: 350 Mass for a Better Future, Acadia Center, Charles River Watershed Association, Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Action, Environment Massachusetts, Environmental League of
Massachusetts, Mass Audubon, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, Mass Rivers Alliance, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Metropolitan Area Planning.