Thursday, May 26, 2016

Not Quite Clean Enough: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s 2016 Beach Water Quality Report Card

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay released its annual water quality report card on the Boston Harbor region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket on Friday, May 27, 2016 just in time for Memorial Day.

This year’s report includes a comparative analysis of five years of water quality data for 15 beaches in nine communities that include Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.





In 2015, overall water quality on all of the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches was down from a high of 96% in 2014 to 92% in 2015, primarily as a result of frequent summer storms. Though total rainfall was actually up slightly from 2014, in 2015 there were more than 30 summer days with some rain, which adversely affected water quality on beaches in Lynn, Revere, East Boston, Dorchester and Quincy.

“Though the overall numbers are down a bit this year, the report card still contains good news for many of our beaches, including those in South Boston which are still the cleanest urban beaches in the country,” said Save the Harbor’s spokesman Bruce Berman. “However the persistent pollution problems at King’s Beach on the Lynn/Swampscott line and at Tenean Beach in Dorchester and other area beaches continue to jeopardize the public’s health and prevent residents from enjoying the benefits of our $5 billion investment in clean water. While we are pleased that Boston Water and Sewer has identified several significant sources of bacterial contamination in Dorchester, we look forward to working with local state and local government to finish the job we began together 30 years ago.”

City Point, M Street, and Pleasure Bay in South Boston and Nantasket Beach and Winthrop Beach topped the list this year, with perfect scores of 100%. Of the 15 beaches in the report, which was based on data collected during the 2015 swimming season, 7 earned primary beach safety scores of 95% or more while 6 scored 85% or higher.

King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott scored just 75% and Tenean Beach in Dorchester scored just 71%, failing to meet the state swimming standard more than once every 5 days during the 2015 swimming season.

“Scores like this are simply unacceptable to the people who rely on these beaches for recreation, especially given the publics $5 billion investment in clean water. We hope this report will provide decision makers the information they need to begin the next round of investments in improved water quality on beaches that consistently lag behind,” said Patricia A. Foley, President of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Funds to improve water quality in beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods from Nahant to Nantasket were authorized in the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill but have not yet been appropriated.

“The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to ensuring the state’s beaches remain not only accessible for all to use, but also safe for public enjoyment,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Water Quality Report Card serves as a good barometer of the excellent results the state and its partners are achieving to ensure the Commonwealth’s beaches remain among the cleanest and most beautiful in the nation, and we remain committed to work with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and other stakeholders to protect and improve these spectacular natural resources for generations to come."

“Investments in clean water and urban beaches are good for the region,” said Foley. “They strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for all our residents, many of whom can’t afford to get away to Cape Cod or Cape Ann.”

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would like to thank Dr. Jim Shine and Dr. Judy Pederson, Co- Chairs of our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, Kelly Coughlin and David Wu of the MWRA, DCR’s Dennis Fitzgerald and Save the Harbor policy interns Eileen Dalessandro, and Brittany Angelo for their help with this report.

For more information on Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Beaches Report Card, contact Bruce Berman on his cell at 617-293-6243 or email bruce@bostonharbor.com

You can download the 2016 report card and the data on which it is based at http://www.savetheharbor.org/Content/beachesreportcard/

Monday, May 16, 2016

Celebrate 490 Years of Anniversaries on a Sunset Cruise to Boston Light with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Summer Sunset and Boston Skyline off Boston Light. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont
Please join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and our partners at the United States Coast Guard, the National Park Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massport, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and Boston Harbor Now as we celebrate Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s 30th Anniversary and

The 300th Anniversary of Boston Light
The National Park Service’s Centennial 
The 30th Anniversary of Cruiseport Boston
The 20th Anniversary of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park 
and the Formation of Boston Harbor Now

Sunset Cruise to Boston Light
Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bay State Cruise Company’s Provincetown II
Boarding at 5:00 PM at the World Trade Center

Featuring Light Fare and a Cash Bar

Reservations Required
This event is 21+
For more information email us at info@savetheharbor.org


Bestselling Author Eric Jay Dolin will sign copies of his new 
book “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

Photographer Jeremy D’Entremont will sign prints and 
posters of his stunning photographs of Boston Light.

Song Leader David Coffin will lead us in sea chanteys 
and sing a beautiful lighthouse song.

Storyteller Norah Dooley will share stories as the Pirate Mary Read.

Boston Light Keeper Sally Snowman will also be on board 
to share stories of her life on Little Brewster Island.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

30th Anniversary Message From Our President


When Save the Harbor was founded 30 years ago this year, the thought that Boston’s polluted beaches, our abandoned waterfront and neglected harbor islands would ever be seen as assets instead of liabilities was a radical one. The very idea that our young people and their families would ever be able to use Boston Harbor, our public beaches or the Boston Harbor Islands as a learning laboratory and a healthy place to play was a distant dream.


As we  celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we are proud to say that distant dream is becoming a reality.

South Boston is now home to the cleanest urban beaches in America, which were safe for swimming every day in 2015, when frequent storms forced other area beaches to close. The Boston Harbor Islands have become civic, educational and recreational resources for a generation of young people and Boston’s renewed waterfront and the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket are emerging as destinations for residents and visitors alike.

Despite these successes, there are still two things we need to do today to finish the job we began together in 1986, and we need your help and support to do them. 

The first is to keep our commitment to clean water by working with our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, the Baker Administration and local officials to produce site-specific plans to address the ongoing pollution problems at King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester as we did in South Boston.


The second is to expand our free youth and beach programs, which have made Save the Harbor the Boston Harbor Connection for 130,000 young people and their families. In 2016, with your support, we will offer 30,000 underserved youth and teens 30 free trips to the Boston Harbor Islands and free environmental education and enrichment programs at 8 program sites, including our new Boston Harbor Explorers Program @ DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston.


I know that you care about our community and that you love Boston’s Harbor, the islands and our public beaches, and that you understand and value the work we have done and the work we intend to do.

We hope to raise $30,000 by June 30th so that we can make our 30th Anniversary our best year ever.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can afford to give, will help us restore and protect these spectacular urban natural resources and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks in advance for your support. It means the world to us and to the region’s underserved youth, teens and families, who all deserve clean beaches they can call their own.

Sincerely,
Patricia A. Foley
President

P.S. It’s easy to make a contribution today on our website , or, if you prefer you can mail your check to:

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Boston Fish Pier
212 Northern Avenue, Suite 304 West
Boston MA 02210 United States

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Intro to Sydney Eberth

Good morning bloggers!

Excited about trail work in Denali National Park.
My name is Sydney Eberth and I recently joined the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay team as an Environmental Policy Intern. I graduated from the University of Vermont last May with a degree in Environmental Science. Upon graduation, I jetted off to Alaska to spend the entire summer working with the Student Conservation Association. During my time with the SCA I was able to participate in a number of projects including trail construction, trail maintenance, invasive species
management, as well as a number of re-vegetation and demolition projects. I was also very lucky to work in multiple different locations throughout Alaska, one of them being Denali National Park and Preserve.

Research diving in Thailand.
Since returning home from Alaska last September, I have had the privilege of volunteering with the Marine Mammal department at the New England Aquarium. When I am there, my day consists of preparing food for the animals, cleaning exhibits and toys, enriching (or “play time” with) the seals with toys we created, and also interacting with aquarium guests. When I am not at the aquarium spending time with seals and sea lions, I am with dogs at the dog daycare I work for. Needless to say I love animals!

I would like to ultimately be working with marine mammals whether directly as part of a rescue team or behind the scenes, fighting for them as a policy maker. I took this internship at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to learn about working with a non-profit organization and also more about policy work. I am looking forward to the time that I spend with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and know that it will be an amazing, educational experience.




Sydney Eberth

Friday, May 6, 2016

Back to the Summer Home

Working back with Save the Harbor Save the Bay with the April Vacation events brought back so many memories from the summer. On Tuesday, being with the kids at the Children's Museum and looking at their faces light up when they saw Larry the Lobster. They could not believe they were able to a real, living lobster. That is not an everyday thing for kids to see and they seemed so fascinated by him.



The famous "pirate" Mary Read came to the museum to tell spirit stories to the kids and learn about the ghost of the Harbor Islands. When it came to Mary Read asking questions about her stories, surely the kids were listening because they were able to answer the questions so quickly and were excited to receive some of her pirate treasures.

Be back soon again

-Ary Worrell

Back At It Again

Hi, my name is Isabella and I can’t wait to tell you about how my days were back with save the harbor save the bay. It feels so good to be back with save the harbor!

I missed interacting with kids and teaching them about the animals that come from the harbor. To be honest it took a while to remember everything about the crabs and other animals we had with us but, not too worry as soon as i picked up a crab i remembered everything i had ever learn with SHSB. It feels great to interact with kids who are interested and care for these animals just like we do everyday. 

Whether it's cleaning up the beach to making sure our water to clean and or traveling to our morning meetings. I can't wait to come back in about 2-3 months to explore even more than before!

Annual Marine Mammal Safari

At Marine Mammal Safaris 
  Good evening everyone,

I am back with more stories to tell. I had fun on the annual Marine Mammal Safaris, it was a little long but our crew made it for seven hours. The families and children were excited to see the seals, stripe fish and gulls around Boston harbor. It was fun interacting with the kids on the boat because the kids had a huge smile to play around on the boat and see the creatures in the sea. I was so surprised that there were seals in the Boston harbor, I never knew that they would be around Boston.  I always wanted to see one close but not the one at the Aquarium-- I wanted to see close to the boat. I wanted to know how long they would swim for and how many minutes they would last underwater.  It was so amazing seeing one because in the summer they won't come out, the water is too warm  for them to swim here at Boston Harbor.
Seals on Boston Harbor
   Sincerely,

Carlos Garcia

At The Children's Museum

The crew of "Save The Harbor Save The Bay".
  Good Morning everyone,

 It feels good to be back at Save the Harbor Save the Bay. On April vacation we had to choose to come to an event on April 19th, 21st, & 23rd. I only came to two events sadly but i made to the 19th and 23rd. On April 19th, we went to the Children's Museum. I was so excited to be back with the people I've worked with for two years. The people that I was working with at the Children's Museum were Abdi, Isabella, Arianna, and Jayda. We had fun interacting with the kids at the Children's Museum because they wanted to know where the lobster came from and how they got here to Boston Harbor.  I was kinda nervous because the kids came up to me and thought I was a stranger, their parents teach the kids not to talk to strangers so I told them I work with Save the Harbor Save the Bay and I was just letting them know if they would love to see a lobster that we caught. The kids were surprised because they never saw a lobster with huge claws and even I was surprised. It was nice catching up with ya'll ladies and gentlemen, and I hope to see you soon in the summer. 

Sincerely,

Carlos Garcia 

Seals and Lobster

On the week of April Vacation, I got a chance to work for SHSB. As always it's always fun coming back. So much memories from the previous summer. We worked at Children's Museum and got to meet "Larry the Lobster". The kids get amazed touching it and holding the lobster. The look on their faces is priceless. They get so fascinated and eager to learn about the lobster. One of their common questions is ''Is the lobster alive". It's always fun working at Children's Museum, and with the kids who visit the Museum.
Showing off Larry The Lobster
Till Next time,

Abdi

Seals, Lobsters and Pirates

Hey guys,

This week I had the pleasure of working at the Children's Museum's Earth Day. We heard pirate stories and even solved some riddles. Larry the lobster joined us, and all of the kids loved him. My favorite part of the day by far was the mural. I had a drawing competition with a friend and of course my octopus won.
The mural was full of fun aquatic life and some interesting characters such as Dori and Sonic were drawn. Later in the week we went on the Marine Mammals Safari, where we saw seals more than 10 times. They were hard to spot but all of the kids had their eyes peeled. I met one family who was there photographing each sighting, but when seals weren't there they were excited about every animal they saw. They photographed birds and even buildings. It was great to see a family from right in Boston enjoy seeing the nature around them. They were truly inspiring because they showed me that just because things aren't going as planned that doesn't mean it's not still great.

Until next time,

Jayda 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Vacation Week

My experience coming back together with Save the Harbor Save the Bay was very great, getting to meet the newer staff and being able to bond again with the crew. Even though it's been 2 years it felt like I never left, they welcomed me. The activities at the Children Museum were exciting because i got to meet Larry the lobster & a crew of pirates. It was fun hearing stories & showing the lobster to all the kids inside the museum. I enjoyed being able to see & touch the touch tank they had placed for the children, saw many sea animals like cray fish, sea star, snails, crabs, water roach.

The next day across from the museum in the grass field at Atlantic Wharf I got to interact with some of the kids & talk about the harbor animals & the new Larry the lobster they had.

The final day on the boat I had a blast that I was able to see a seal & a couple of black birds flying & basking around. The boat ride around the harbor was smooth, I got to take a couple pictures & meet new people & families, this whole experience showing me how important is team work & interacting with the children making their smiles on their faces.

                                   -Edward Calderon l

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Free Marine Mammal Safaris and Storytelling by the Sea during Vacation Week!

Looking for free, fun things to do with your friends, family, kids or group during vacation week?


Here are two great ideas from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.


Marine Mammal Safaris

On Saturday April 23, 2016, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Massachusetts Bay Lines will host 3 free Marine Mammal Safaris to search for seals and porpoises and share songs and stories of Boston Harbor and the sea. These free trips are open to the public. We welcome school and community groups, youth organizations, friends, families, and children over the age of 5 under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

The 1st trip boards at 9:00am, departs at 9:30, and returns by 11:00am,
the 2nd trip boards at 11:15am, departs at 11:45, and returns by 1:15pm,
the 3rd trip boards at 1:30pm, departs at 2:00, and returns by 3:30pm. 
All three trips depart from and return to the Massachusetts Bay Lines dock at Rowes Wharf (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel). You can find directions

These cruises are free but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve your spot please call 617-451-2860 x1001 or email info@savetheharbor.org. Please specify how many people in your group, a name for reservation, and which cruise you would like to go on! We suggest you wear warm clothing, bring a camera or binoculars. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard the boat, but you are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch. 

Storytelling by the Sea


On Thursday April 21st, Save the Harbor's storyteller Norah Dooley will perform as Mary Read the Pirate at Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf at 280 Congress Street in Boston from 12-2pm along with special guest Larry the Lobster. Join her and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's youth program staff as they share stories from Boston Harbor then and now.
Though reservations are not required, please send us an email with contact information for groups of ten or more.

This free event is open to the public, and made possible with the support of our friends and program partners at Atlantic Wharf and Mass Humanities. Thanks to all our corporate sponsors, foundation funding partners, and the more than 1,000 individual donors who make these free events possible.

All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are looking forward to seeing you on the harbor, the shore, the beach and the islands this year!


To learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work we do to restore and protect Boston Harbor and connect the region's residents and our communities to Boston Harbor, the islands and our region's public beaches, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org and follow savetheharbor on Facebook.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Very Big Splash in South Boston


 
235 costumed beach lovers plunged into the icy waters of Boston Harbor
at this year’s
Harpoon Shamrock Splash at the BCYF Curley Community Center
in South Boston on Sunday, March 6th at noon. 


Participants competed for great prizes including JetBlue flights for best costume and biggest fundraiser and raised more than $43,000 to support free events and programs on the region’s public from Nahant to Nantasket this summer as part of Save the Harbor and DCR’s Better Beaches Program.

Tiffany Spearman of South Boston, splashing for Youth Enrichment Services, raised more than $4,000 to win best fundraiser. Jane Kepros of East Boston, splashing for Eastie's beaches as Lobster Gal and Joe Skahan of Salem, splashing for Lynn's beaches as Kilt Guy won first prize for best costumes. Winners received round trip flights on JetBlue Airways.

 Top Row: Fred Ahern, Director of the BCYF Curley Community Center, Donnie Todd, Corporate Social Responsibility Liaison at JetBlue Airways, Tiffany Spearman of Y.E.S., Jessie Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps, Dan Kenary, Founder and CEO of Harpoon Brewery and Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Front Row: Joe Skahan of Salem as Kilt Guy and Jane Kepros of East Boston as Lobster Gal won prizes for best costumes, judged by Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104 and Charlie Storey, President of Harpoon Brewery.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay began the tradition in 2011 as the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash, a cold-water "plunge and pledge" fundraiser to raise money to support free Better Beaches events and programs on the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

“All of us at Harpoon are look forward to taking a quick dip into the icy water after our Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day festival to support a great cause and warm up with a refreshing Harpoon and burgers on the beach with our friends from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay” said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey. “Sure it’s cold in the water, but the warm feeling you get from giving back to your community stays with you for a long time.”

In 2015, with the support of the legislative members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Save the Harbor secured additional funds to support the Better Beaches Program.

As a result, last year Save the Harbor and DCR awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 35 organizations in nine waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities to support 70 free concerts, family beach festivals, competitive swims, movie nights, campfires, story telling and art on the shore in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull,



“All of these great events have one thing in common,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Patty Foley. “They bring people together to strengthen their communities and enjoy our region's most stunning natural resources, the 19 miles of DCR’s public swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay and Broad Sound.”

"At JetBlue, two core pillars of our corporate social responsibility platform are youth/education and the environment.  We are delighted to help raise funds and awareness for youth and beach programs in partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. This year's Harpoon Shamrock Splash perfectly aligns with our focus," said Ronda Ivy-McLeod, Northeast regional marketing manager for JetBlue. "As more than 3,000 JetBlue crewmembers call Boston home, we cherish our harbor and proudly support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do on the region's public beaches."

Better Beaches Program Grants range from $500 - $10,000, with a typical grant of $3,500. In rare cases, larger grants may be considered. Past events have included concert series, sand- sculpting competitions, campfires, art festivals, neighborhood beach parties, and family reading and movie nights on the beach.

Save the Harbor would like to thank Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, and all the splashers and donors who made this year's Harpoon Shamrock Splash our biggest and best ever.

We would also like to thank our foundation funding partners The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, our corporate sponsors Harpoon, JetBlue, Comcast and National Grid and  Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Tom McGee and Representative RoseLee Vincent and the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for making this great program possible.

To find out more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR’s Better Beaches Program, visit http://www.blog.savetheharbor.org/2016/02/a-spectacular-summer-on-your-beach_12.html

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit their website at www.savetheharbor.org and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook and twitter.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Why Are We “Splashing” Into Boston Harbor on Sunday, March 6th?

 Why Are We “Splashing” Into Boston Harbor on Sunday, March 6th?
To have some fun and raise funds for free beach programs from Nahant to Nantasket.

In 2015, splashers raised more than $30,000 for free events and programs on beaches in
Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
 

To register, start a team or make a donation visit www.shamrocksplash.org

This Sunday, March 6th, hundreds of costumed beach lovers will plunge into the icy waters of Boston Harbor at this year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston at noon. Participants, who compete for great prizes including JetBlue flights for best costume and biggest fundraiser, have already raised more than $30,000 to support free “Better Beaches” events and programs from Nahant to Nantasket.

Save the Harbor began the tradition in 2011 as the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash, a cold-water "plunge and pledge" fundraiser to raise money to support free Better Beaches events and programs on the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.  In 2015, with the support of the legislative members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Save the Harbor secured additional funds to support the Better Beaches Program.

As a result, last year Save the Harbor and DCR awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 35 organizations in nine waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities to support 70 free concerts, family beach festivals, competitive swims, movie nights, campfires, story telling and art on the shore in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

“All of these great events have one thing in common,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Patty Foley. “They bring people together to strengthen their communities and enjoy our region's most stunning natural resources, the 19 miles of DCR’s public swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay and Broad Sound.”

Save the Harbor would like to thank our foundation funding partners The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, our corporate sponsors Harpoon, JetBlue, Comcast and National Grid and the hundreds of participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash for their support. 

We would also like to thank Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Tom McGee and Representative RoseLee Vincent and the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for making this great program possible.

To register for the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, start a team or make a donation visit www.shamrocksplash.org


To find out more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR’s Better Beaches Program,
visit http://www.blog.savetheharbor.org/2016/02/a-spectacular-summer-on-your-beach_12.html

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org
and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook and twitter.
 


See you on the beach on Sunday.
Registration opens at 11:00. The Splash will take place at noon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Spectacular Summer on Your Beach!


      Save the Harbor and DCR to Award Over $200,000
For Free Beach Events and Programs in 2016

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are now seeking proposals from organizations in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull to be considered for the Better Beaches Program grants. The grant program will support free beach events and activities at the region’s public beaches this year.

Funds for the Better Beaches Program are provided through appropriations made by DCR to support summer programming, and the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the BCYF Boston Center for Youths and Families Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. You can register today at www.shamrocksplash.org.

Last year, Save the Harbor and DCR awarded grants to 35 organizations in nine waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket, including Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. The Better Beaches Program leveraged nearly $650,000 in cash and in-kind support from local businesses and government, including over 8,500 volunteer hours that were utilized to support the 70 free beach events and programs. More than 500,000 people attended the free beach events in 2015.

 Artist Andres Amador made art in the sand as part of
Save the Harbor and DCR's Better Beaches Program in 2015

“All of these great events have one thing in common” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Patty Foley. “They bring people together to strengthen their communities and enjoy our region's most stunning natural resources, the 19 miles of DCR’s public swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay and Broad Sound.”

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation looks forward to working with Save the Harbor to deliver another summer full of fun, free events and programs at our beautiful public beaches for people of all walks of life to enjoy,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to fostering such partnerships to protect, promote, and enhance our state’s resources for generations to come.”

"Our waterfront and our beaches are remarkable assets with the power to connect our communities. We have heard again and again how modest investments in free events and programs have put these beaches to work and have provided expanded opportunities for residents, businesses and tourists," said Senator Thomas M. McGee, Co-Chair Metropolitan Beaches Commission, Lynn and Nahant.

 Storyteller Norah Dooley appeared as the Pirate Mary Read
at beach festivals and eventsfrom Nahant to Nantasket as part of
Save the Harbor and DCR's Better Beaches Program in 2015

“At public hearings from Nahant to Nantasket we heard how important free events and programs are to the region’s residents, who really love our beaches,” said Representative RoseLee Vincent, Co-Chair Metropolitan Beaches Commission, Revere and Saugus. “Thanks to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR for working together to strengthen our beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods.”

Better Beaches Program Grants range from $500 - $10,000, with a typical grant of $3,500. In rare cases, larger grants may be considered. Past events have included concert series, sand- sculpting competitions, campfires, art festivals, neighborhood beach parties, and family reading and movie nights on the beach.

“Save the Harbor would like to thank our foundation funding partners The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, our corporate sponsors Harpoon, JetBlue, Comcast and National Grid and the hundreds of participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash for their support.” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

“We would also like to thank Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Tom McGee and Representative RoseLee Vincent and the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration and our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation for making this great program possible.”

To apply for a Better Beaches Program Grant, download an application at http://savetheharbor.org/Content/2016_BBP_RFP.docx and return it by email to info@savetheharbor.org by April 15, 2016. The Better Beaches Program Grants Committee will review all proposals and notify you of their decisions in May.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Valentina Pedroza


Hi, My name is Valentina Pedroza and I am very excited to be working as an intern with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay this week. I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science.

My school: John D. O"Bryant 

When I heard about this internship, I was not sure what to expect. I had never heard of the organization before and I was not given a lot of information on it either. When I got here, I was able to learn more about the beaches in my community and also how people are working hard at making the beaches as beautiful as they can be. I am happy and grateful to know that there are programs and organizations in the state that are trying hard in making the beaches of Boston safer for the community. Also, hosting free events for families and for people in the neighborhood to get together, meet one another, and have a good time. I would definitely look forward for the opportunity of working with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay this summer because I would also like to help out my community and learn more about the beaches and how to help keep them clean. I am very excited to learn more about the beaches and how to help make Boston even better!

-Valentina Pedroza

Monday, January 11, 2016

Goodbye Cupid, Hello Shamrock!

The Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash is now the Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.


In 2011, as Save the Harbor/Save the Bay celebrated our 25th Anniversary, we asked our friends at Harpoon Brewery and JetBlue to help us launch a cold water "plunge and pledge" fundraiser to raise money to support free events and programs on the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

Since then, participants in the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash raised more than $400,000 to support 284 free concerts, family beach festivals, competitive swims, movie nights, campfires, story telling and art on the shore in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull as part of Save the Harbor's Better Beaches Program.

In 2015, and again in 2016, with the support of the legislative members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and both the Patrick and the Baker Administrations, Save the Harbor secured additional funds to expand the reach and impact of our Better Beaches Program.

As a result, last year Save the Harbor awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 35 organizations in nine waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. These groups leveraged our funds with nearly $650,000 in cash and in-kind support from local businesses and government and more than 8,500 volunteer hours to support 70 free beach events and programs, which brought more than 500,000 people back to their beaches.

All of us at Save the Harbor love our beaches, and we loved the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash.

However, after soul searching discussions with our sponsors and partners about how to increase participation at the event, we have decided to say "goodbye" to the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash, and replaced it with...


The Harpoon Shamrock Splash to Benefit Save the Harbor / Save the Bay, which will be held on the Sunday March 6th @ Noon at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston.

We promise that the Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be just as much fun as the Cupid Splash, with live music, burgers and refreshing Harpoon beer on the beach and plenty of chances to win JetBlue flights and other great prizes for best costume and biggest fundraiser.

So pull together a team or register yourself for the Harpoon Shamrock Splash today at www.shamrocksplash.org  because you love your beach.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Final Cruise of the Season to Spectacle Island!

On Saturday October 24th more than 250 people from Greater Boston visited Spectacle Island on our last fall cruise of the season!


Participants spent the chilly autumn day exploring Spectacle Island with Save the Harbor’s staff and interns and sharing stories with Save the Harbor’s Humanities Scholar Norah Dooley as Mary Read the Pirate. Dooley helped the group get into the Halloween spirit by sharing haunting stories about the “Lady in Red” and the better known “Lady in Black” and encouraging island visitors to hone their own storytelling skills by sharing some of their own stories as well.

Derick Weekes of Quincy shares his story with  Save the Harbor's Humanities Scholar Norah Dooley who appeared as the pirate Mary Read on Saturday's free fall trip to Spectacle Island
Giles Parker, Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands for the National Park Service, was glad that so many young people and their families were able to “Find Your Park” and explore the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park on Saturday. “As we celebrate the 100th year of the National Park Service, the NPS and our partners including Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are working together to connect the next generation of visitors to city, state and national parks. “

A group from the Highland Coalition in Lynn made the trip out to Spectacle Island to enjoy a day of exploration and fun. (Adults from left to right: Riffin Olivier, Bruce Berman, Lucie Sthilaire, Jasmine Charles, George Charles and Shade Olivier)

21 people from Maverick Landing in East Boston set sail on Saturday for Spectacle Island.
Despite the chilly weather, it was a great day to fly a kite, enjoy a picnic lunch, take a hike to the top of a drumlin to see the city, or simply search for treasure and blue marbles on the beach, as part of Save the Harbor and JetBlue’s “Simply Marble-ous” Treasure Hunt.

“It was a record breaking year for our free All Access Boston Harbor program, which connected nearly 10,000 underserved young people and their families to Boston Harbor with free trips to Spectacle, Peddocks and Georges Islands,” said Save the Harbor’s spokesman Bruce Berman. “We are looking forward to celebrating our 30th Anniversary next year and setting new records, but hopefully we won’t set new record for snow!”

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Distrigas/GDF SUEZ.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, The Chiofaro Company, The Clowes Fund, Marion L. Decrow Memorial Foundation, Alice Willard Dorr Foundation, Eastern Salt Company Inc., The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex and Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from 3A Marine Service, Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA Boston, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Global Investors, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Andrew J. Calamare, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Carnival Foundation, Circle Furniture, Cresset Management, LLC, The Daily Catch Seaport, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Legal Sea Foods, Ms. Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Mass Bay Credit Union, HYM Investment Group Inc., Sherry & Alan Leventhal Family Foundation, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Nicholson Foundation, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Reebok Foundation, Rockland Trust – Peoples Federal Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, Skanska, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Spectra Energy, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, Tishman Speyer, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.

Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor, the harbor islands and the metropolitan region’s public beaches, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org and follow savetheharbor on Facebook and Twitter.