Water is the driving force of all nature
Health of the Brightwood Pond
Water is an important part of Brightwood's beauty and ecology. 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 has concerns about the park's pond health and advocates for improved monitoring and aeration.
In the summer of 2021, the overgrowth of duckweed on the pond and a fish kill alerted the town to the poor health of the pond. The town has responded with an updated the aeration system and contract to provide regular monitoring and treatment. Since last Fall, six working bubblers have been aerating the water in the pond. We are cautiously optimistic that these actions will have a beneficial impact on the pond's ecology this year.
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!