What is left to do when you already spend your time fishing, cycling, hiking, acting, traveling, sailing, and volunteering for the Rotary Club? For Chuck Gifford, the answer was volunteering with BCWC – and we are the luckier for it. One day, Chuck saw our posters advertising for herring count volunteers and decided to give it a try. After that, he asked, “What’s next?” Moving onto estuary water sampling and then streamflow monitoring, Chuck hasn’t looked back.
Like so many who call Cape Cod home, Chuck grew up visiting Nantucket with his family every year. After moving around the country, Chuck settled in Cotuit with his wife Julie and their three sons Connor, Cameron, and Hunter. “I love to be a part of an organization that is trying to change things and wants to make a difference,” Chuck says. Having lived around water his entire life, he loves everything about it, and hates to see what is happening to our waterways on the Cape. From the excess nutrients causing cyanobacteria blooms and plastics polluting the water, to the changes in eelgrass beds and bay scallop populations over time, Chuck understands what is happening and wants to do his part to make a positive change.
For information on volunteering with BCWC, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.