Water is the driving force of all nature
Health of the Brightwood Pond
Brightwood Park, nestled in the middle of suburban neighborhoods, is a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from the surrounding bustle. Water is a centerpiece of the park's beauty and its ecological significance. Most prominent is the pond that supports a wide variety of aquatic life, birds, and other animals.
Some might say that the pond is the driving force of nature in the park. When a body of water is in good health, it sustains all life from insect to frog, fish to fisherman, or bird to fox. When poor water quality fails to support aquatic life, there is a rippling impact on the food chain. Friends of Brightwood Park grew concerned about the park's pond health and advocated for improved monitoring and aeration.
In the summer of 2021, the town recognized that the pond was in poor health due to dense overgrowth of duckweed on its surface. Thankfully, the town has updated the aeration system and contracted to provide regular monitoring and treatment. We are cautiously optimistic that these actions will have a beneficial impact on the pond's ecology into the future.
Since last Fall, six working bubblers have been aerating the water in the pond. If you have walked in the park recently, you may have seen the water rippling in discreet unfrozen, circular areas. Wintering ducks and geese can be seen walking across the ice to reach swimming holes made courtesy of the bubblers.
Our Pond Health Actions
Friends of Brightwood Park will continue to work towards a sustainable aquatic habitat. Our shoreline demonstration garden is designed to educate the public on what a healthy native plant shoreline should be. Native plants along the shoreline support biodiversity and help absorb excess mineral run-off before it reaches the water. We will be planting the gardens this spring.
FOBP invites you to follow our progress. If you like what you see, send us an email and join us!