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Successful Spring Clean Up

Thanks so much to everyone for the great Spring clean up on Sunday 4/10. It was terrific to see so many folks out - more than 30 people were there to help.

A special tip of the pruning shears to Fred Ruff who tackled the invasive Oriental Bittersweet that was strangling one of the shrubs near the Lenox Avenue entrance on the North side.

Several people mentioned that they feel that each cleanup we find less and less garbage to pick up. That's a great credit to everyone who has been coming out to help.

Pond Pickup Day Sunday 4/10

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Pond Pickup Day
Sunday April 10, 2011 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Meet at the parking lot

Join your neighbors as we all pitch in to get the pond ready for spring & summer.

General trash & litter pickup.
Bring work gloves and tools.

Bags and some tools will be available.

Come one come all!

Water Testing Volunteers Needed and Boat Sought

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We're looking for volunteers to help with our summer water testing effort. You'd need to be available one or two Saturday or Sunday mornings a month from June through October, and for about an hour and half each time you participate. This water testing is critical to our long term goal of understanding and improving the water quality at the pond. We need your help to make this happen. If you are interested in finding out more, contact us at

We're also looking for a small rowboat or similar flat bottomed boat to use for this project - a canoe might even work. If you have a boat you aren't using and would be willing to loan it to us for the summer, please let us know at

April 30th Road Trip

The New York State Federation of Lake Association's Annual Conference is a great way to learn about pond ecology, algae blooms, water quality issues, aquatic plants and much more. This year's conference is Friday, April 29th through Sunday May 1st in Hamilton NY. A number of BPC board members will be heading out to take part in this conference on Saturday April 30th. You can review the agenda here: NYSFOLA 2011 Agenda. Cost for one day is $55. We're hoping to get a few conservancy members to join us on this BPC road trip. Interested? Contact us at

2011 Annual Meeting Report

What do a tug of war, a free-range organic car wash and an evening of jazz have in common? ...They were all fundraising ideas brainstormed at the Buckingham Pond Annual Meeting last Sunday.

We thank the 30 or so brave souls who came out in the drizzly cold rain. It was a great meeting, full of ideas and energy. In addition to a creative ten minute fundraising brainstorming session, we got a snapshot of the membership's priorities for 2011. High marks went to continuing routine clean ups, developing a storm drain stenciling initiative, working on community education about how storm water and fertilizer impact the pond, and finding a consultant to help us fully evaluate how to improve the pond's water quality.

You can catch up on all the great work we did in 2010 and see all the project and fundraising ideas by reading the meeting handouts and notes which are all available here:

If you missed the meeting, it's not too late to contribute your ideas, or volunteer to help. Just email us at

Looking for an easy way to help? Renew your membership at Join. A membership is only $5 per adult in your household, but if you can, please give more. We do amazing work with an all volunteer organization, and as we enter our third year, many of our priority projects will take money to accomplish. Contributions to the Conservancy are now tax deductible!

Also, please welcome our new board member. Eric Randall will be taking over for Paula Martinez who has been relocated to Kentucky for a year.

Home Owners Guide to Preventing Storm Water Pollution

Home Owners Guide to Preventing Storm Water Pollution: A practical guide to help you protect water quality in your community.

One page brochure

Rethinking Yard Care

Rethinking Yard Care: Yard Care and the Environment

Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Brochure from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment 2010

Buckingham Pond Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment: A Student Internship Project for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Final Report

Authored by Ms. Sarah Schaefer, student of Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks at the Siena College Department of Environmental Studies, this report was completed in Dec 2010 and concludes that there are no commercial or industrial pollution sources impacting the pond, but that changes in landscaping and maintenance at the park and throughout the watershed could improve water quality.

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