Behind the scenes, Buckingham Pond Conservancy has been making major progress towards our key goal of developing a strategic plan for water quality at the pond. This strategic plan should put us in position to access state and federal grant funds to implement the projects identified during the planning process.
Through a partnership nurtured by Mayor Kathy Sheehan since our last Annual Meeting, we have, together with the City Planning Department represented by Mary Millus and the Department of Water & Water Supply, represented by Commissioner Joe Coffey, received an $8,275 grant from the Hudson River Greenway towards hiring an engineering firm to study the science related to Buckingham Pond. In addition we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bender Family Foundation towards this effort. And finally, while these grants are important, it's memberships and donations from the many friends of Buckingham Pond that will close the gap between the grant amounts and the amount we need to complete the work.
The above has been the catalyst to awarding a contract to Barton & Loguidice, DPC Engineers for analysis and recommendations to help address our pond's challenges. Starting this coming Monday, 10/13/14 through the Spring of 2015, you will be seeing members of the Engineering firm, the City of Albany, and the Buckingham Pond Conservancy collecting information and scientific data to help us complete the strategic plan, and ultimately, to fix what may be broken, based on recommendations made at the conclusion of this project next Spring.
What can you do? This is a substantial undertaking, and BPC is a small group. We need anyone who is not a member to become one. Use your credit card or PayPal account to join via our website at http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/join, or mail your check for the $25 individual annual membership to Buckingham Pond Conservancy, PO Box 8352, Albany, NY 12208. Also, if you have been a member in the past, and have not recently paid your dues, consider paying or making a donation at this time.
Now that summer has ended, it's time for the Buckingham Pond Fall Clean Up. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, November 2nd from 1 - 3. This annual event is a great way to contribute to our neighborhood gem.
Sunday September 7 from 1 - 3 will be our Fouth Annual Ice Cream Social.
There will be *FREE* ice cream courtesy of the Stewart's Shop on New Scotland Avenue.
Guided Nature Walks of the pond.
And of course, time to enjoy this special place with your friends and neighbors.
Food, friends, and fun - who could ask for anything more?
The fifth annual meeting of the Buckingham Pond Conservancy will be held SUNDAY, March 30, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. At our formation In 2009, 35 people came together to found the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. Since then we've grown in size and continue to coordinate clean ups, host social events, find grant opportunities, build relationships with City staff, sample the pond's water (3 years going on 4), installed storm drain medallions, and so much more.
Each year we come together just one time to celebrate our successes and revisit our priorities. Be a part of it! Come to the:
Fifth Annual Meeting
Buckingham Pond Conservancy
Sunday March 30
Bethany Reformed Church
Scott Kisbaugh, Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section Chief from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation will be with us to help us understand the findings from our summer's work collecting water samples from the pond.
We will also be voting to elect a new Board Member and amend the bylaws. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, but only members can vote. Membership is $5 per year per adult, and we're happy to take your membership contribution at the door.
We are seeking one person who loves the pond to consider a two-year term as a board member. If you are interested in finding out more about being a board member, contact us no later than Saturday 3/15 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Green Algae Alert
Common Sense Precaution: Did you know that it’s not a good idea to let pets or kids touch algae in Buckingham Pond or any place else for that matter? Certain types of blue-green algae can cause skin irritations if touched and be toxic if ingested. Since it‘s hard to tell a harmful algae bloom from one that’s not harmful, NYSDEC recommends that you not touch any algae blooms.
Some of this summer’s pond water samples contained a “blue green algae”. We don't know about toxicity yet, as we're waiting for lab results.
More information here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html