Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April Break with Boston Harbor Explorers at Atlantic Wharf Part 1

On Wednesday, April 18, Atlantic Wharf and Boston Properties hosted Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Boston Harbor Explorers' program for April Vacation Week Programming. Save the Harbor staff, interns, and junior program assistants were joined by 17 kids from Dorchester YMCA for a morning of sea chanteys, art projects, fishing and of course an up-close encounter with Scooter the Lobster at the touch tank!

YMCA Dorchester kids enjoying a beautiful, sunny day fishing on the harbor
The kids broke off into groups to learn more about the harborside, and each group took turns at different Boston Harbor- themed stations. The first station was fish printing, where the Dorchester YMCA kids channeled their inner artist by making Gyotaku fish prints with scup and mackerel.

Kids had the chance to touch Fiona the Rock Crab at one of the stations

At the touch tank, kids had a chance to meet Scooter the Lobster and Fiona the Rock Crab. They were fascinated to learn about exoskeletons and how to determine if a lobster is a female or a male. The kids also learned about crustaceans’ diets and their role in Boston Harbor’s ecosystem. 

Next the groups had the opportunity to color different types of marine life like lobsters and flounder. They taped their creations to a fishing net hung on the wall, making a beautiful mural for everyone to enjoy.

The kids had a blast at the last station, learning how to fish and set crab traps in the harbor. By the end of the morning, the groups were baiting, casting, and reeling like professional fishermen!

Everyone enjoyed learning the famous "Haul Away Joe" sea chantey.
After the stations, everyone gathered to learn and sing the official Save the Harbor sea chantey, "Haul Away Joe", a reminder that that when we all pull in the same direction we can get almost anything done, whether it’s raising the sail of a tall ship or cleaning up Boston Harbor.

A great photo to commemorate a day of learning and having fun!
And of course the day wouldn't be complete without the delicious lunch from Boloco, courtesy of Atlantic Wharf!

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is grateful for our amazing partners at Atlantic Wharf for continuing our great tradition of excellent vacation and summer programming at their outstanding location on the Fort Point Channel.

Thanks also to James Hook & Co. for lending us Scooter and Fiona for the morning!

For more information on our Youth Programs and other similar events, visit savetheharbor.org and check out our blog - blog.savetheharbor.org

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First Day: Who am I?


I am Eric. I am a 9th grader at the John D. O'Bryant School. I love to explore and learn about the outside world. I also love to keep children interested in learning and exploring new things. Especially about the world we live in because if we learn about our world, then we will know how to keep it safe and not wasteful. I am here this week to learn about what Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is all about. I am also here to learn about what I can do to help the community learn and have fun in the harbors and beaches. Having fun at your surroundings is the best thing that can happen to you. I am looking forward to learning about how I can help and provide to the community with a clean harbor, bay, and ocean life. I also plan on learning how Save the Harbor/Save the Bay can change the lives of children and make them enthusiastic in learning and protecting Boston's Harbors.

Eric Colon-Rivera

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Save the Harbor Seeks Applicants for the 2018 Better Beaches Grant Program

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 our Better Beaches Program grants. The grant program will support free beach events and activities at the region’s public beaches this year.
2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership

In 2017, our Better Beaches Program made matching grants to 27 organizations in nine beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods from Nahant to Nantasket. In turn, these groups leveraged the funds to support 93 free events and programs that brought over one million people to the region’s public beaches in 2017. 

This year, funds to support the program include the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which was held on Sunday, March 11th at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. Additional funds for the program have been supplied by the Commonwealth, with the support of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Baker-Polito Administration, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash

As a result, this year we will be granting nearly $250,000 to support free beach events and programs in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. 

“The Better Beaches Program 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.”
Boston Circus Guild at the 2017 Dorchester Beach Festival

Better Beaches Program Grants range from $500-$5,000, with a typical grant of $3,500, though in some cases we may consider larger grants.  In the past we have supported events that are as diverse as the beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods that host them. These include concert series, sand-sculpting competitions, bicycle rides, campfires, fitness boot camps, Art on the Shore, Storytelling by the Sea, neighborhood beach parties, movie nights on the beach, circus performances on the sand, youth programs and much more.

To apply for a grant or ask any questions about the Better Beaches Program,  please contact our Director of Partnerships and Advocacy Andrea Patton by phone, at 617-451-2860 ext.1006, or email at patton@savetheharbor.org. Applications are due by Monday May 14, 2018 after which our Better Beaches Grants Committee will review the proposals, and notify applicants by Friday, May 25. They will present the checks at their annual Better Beaches Award Reception, which all grant recipients are expected to attend, on Saturday, June 9th at Boston’s Fish Pier. 

Information about the events and programs that were supported last year, can be found in our 2017 Better Beaches Program Report, which is available at http://savetheharbor.org/Content/2017_Beaches_Report.pdf.

We like to thank our program and policy partners and event sponsors The Department of Conservation & Recreation, Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture, Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston, The Daily Catch Seaport, Baja Taco Truck, and Blue Sky Collaborative for their support.

We would also like to thank Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Creighton, the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration, our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the hundreds of people who took part in the Harpoon Shamrock Splash for making this great program possible.”

Boston Harbor Heroes Honored at the 2018 Destination Boston Harbor Gala

On Thursday, March 29, 400 corporate and civic leaders, elected officials, and community partners gathered at the Seaport Hotel to celebrate and honor this year's Boston Harbor Heroes at the annual Destination Boston Harbor gala.

(Back row left to right): Jeffrey Bellows, Dusty Rhodes, Dan Sieger, David Giangrande, Oscar Mertz,
Jim Jensen, Michael J. Hornbrook, Ann McQueen, Joe Newman, Bruce Berman
(Middle row left to right): Maxwilliams Iwuala, Christina Lanzl
(Front row left to right): Patty Foley, Beverly Wing, Marion Pressley, Kristen McCormack, Michael Tyrrell

Each year, Save the Harbor recognizes men and women as Boston Harbor Heroes for their commitment to STH's mission, the community, and the harbor. Save the Harbor's Board Chair and National Grid’s Vice President of Government Affairs for Massachusetts, Joseph Newman, thanked the guests and introduced this year’s heroes.  

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton as a Boston Harbor Hero for his leadership and continued commitment to clean water in the Commonwealth, and to thank the Baker/Polito Administration for their support for the Boston Harbor region’s great public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.



Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Jeff Bellows as a Boston Harbor Hero for understanding the importance of Boston Harbor, the harbor islands and our public beaches to the health of our communities and our young people.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Kristen McCormack for her work to create the next generation of environmental stewards and non-profit leaders.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Maxwilliams Iwuala for the important role he has played in strengthening our Youth Environmental Education Programs and serving as a role model and mentor to the teens we employ.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Jim Jensen for his pioneering work to make Boston Harbor a destination and for making the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion a welcoming home for our All Access Boston Harbor Program.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize the extraordinary Dusty Rhodes for her passion, vision and tireless efforts to connect both residents and visitor to Boston Harbor and our extraordinary maritime history.



Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Michael Tyrrell and the founders of the South Bay Harbor Trail Coalition for their vision, tenacity and commitment to connecting Boston’s neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Beverly Wing for commitment to our community, and for her help in connecting young people to all Boston Harbor has to offer.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay proudly honors the memory of our friend Bill Pressley for his friendship and support, and for his vision of a city that is truly connected to the sea.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay proudly honors the memory of Howard Elkus FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects for his lifelong commitment to architectural excellence and iconic design that has helped make Boston’s waterfront a great place to live, work and play.


In addition to the ten Boston Harbor Heroes, Save the Habor also recognized the MWRA's Chief Operating Officer, Michael J. Hornbrook, for his outstanding service to the MWRA and our community.

You can find a complete list of the 2018 Destination Boston Harbor Donors and Sponsors here: http://blog.savetheharbor.org/p/our-funders.html

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay


As the region's leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.


For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do, please visit their website at www.savetheharbor.org, their blog "Sea, Sand & Sky" at blog.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Free Marine Mammal Safaris During April Vacation Week!

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


Marine Mammal Safaris are back!

On Saturday April 21, 2018, 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 9:30am, departs at 10:00am, and returns by 11:30am

The 2nd trip boards at 11:45am, departs at 12:00pm, and returns by 1:30pm

The 3rd trip boards at 1:45pm, departs at 2:00pm, and returns by 3:30pm.

Please note that we have plenty of space on our first cruise, departing at 9:30 AM, and are currently waitlisting for the 2nd and 3rd cruises.

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 at  http://www.massbaylines.com/wharf-and-contact/


These cruises are free but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve your spot please fill out this RSVP form. We suggest you wear warm clothing, and 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.

A very special thank you to our Youth and Family Program Funders and Massachusetts Bay Lines for their generous support of this event!



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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Glad to be back

The school year has definitely drained a lot of my energy since the summer. I went from catching fish, and swimming with my All Access team, to studying all night, taking notes, and getting headaches from how loud the lunch room was. It is great to be with my friends on a day to day basis now, but I do miss the Save the Harbor days. Luckily, there are events I can get invited to work at, and still show the love I have for the job, and I got to do so at the pop up museum by TD garden. It is very crazy how we were able to transform a storage room like area, surrounded by gray walls, and pipes, to a Marine life gallery, and also be able to display some Boston pride!
Kara and Chris (left to right) photo IMG_3143_zpsbgmtehyw.jpg
transforming the room 
At the pop up museum we did a variety of things. To start it all off, Jennifer and I got breakfast at a very nice cafe right next door to the gallery. When we met with Amy and Melissa, we began to catch up and talk about how we were able to make the best out of the cold days in Boston. Jennifer and I began to fish print, and we made a lot of different types of fish prints, from solid colors, to vibrant arrays of green and yellow, and distinct patters with zigzags, stripes, and even polka  dots. After that we looked at some photos of the beach bash, maybe the greatest day at Save the Harbor ever. IT was so fun! We did a huge splash, and it was just a great social event. We also got pizza at the pop up museum. After eating the pizza I played with some sand for a little bit, doing some sand art, and to top it all of we painted on a huge sign that said Boston Harbor. The letters were arranged to be different things that are exclusive to Boston, like the Bruins logo, or the Zakim bridge. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and even better it made me happy because it gave me a glimpse of what I am returning to this summer! 

Can't Wait!
Fish Prints photo IMG_2489_zps3bgifrxf.jpg
just a few of our fishprints
Qalid Hassan :D

Friday, March 23, 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash JetBlue Flights!

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, more than 250 Splashers plunged into the cool, clean waters of Boston Harbor to raise funds to support free summer events on the region's public beaches. 6 specific Splashers were the very lucky winners of roundtrip JetBlue flights.

Bridget Ryan and Carol Haney were the biggest fundraisers, and won JetBlue flights because of their amazing efforts. Ryan, from South Boston, raised $1,190 and Haney, from Revere, raised $1,185.

Bridget Ryan from South Boston raised $1,190 and was one of the top two fundraisers at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock
Splash. Photo by Mike Murowchick.
(Left to right) Carol Haney (one of the biggest fundraisers) and Bruce Berman (Save the Harbor/Save the Bay). Haney, from Revere, raised $1,185. Photo by Katy Rogers. 

The winners of the costume contest who received JetBlue flights were Miriam Rathbun representing Cambridge, dressed as the Little Mermaid, and Joe Skahan from Lynn, dressed as Shark Man.

Miriam Rathbun, an MIT student from Pittsburgh, PA, took first place at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash’s costume contest dressed as Ariel, The Little Mermaid. She won a round trip JetBlue flight. Photo by Katy Rogers.
Joe Skahan from Lynn took first place at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash’s costume contest dressed as Shark Man. He won a round trip JetBlue flight. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Finally, congratulations to the winners of our raffle, Margaret LaForest from Quincy, and Save the Harbor's very own Ian James from Medford. Each will receive roundtrip JetBlue flights.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who splashed with us and helped us raise over $50,000. Congratulations to our JetBlue flight winners, and make sure to stay posted via our blog and our website to learn more about upcoming events.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Makes a Very Big Splash on the Beach

On March 11, 2018, over 150 brave beach lovers plunged into Boston Harbor at BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston as part of the 7th annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.
  On Sunday, more than 150 costumed splashers plunged into the cold waters of Boston Harbor. Photo by Mike Murowchick.

This year, the “pledge and plunge” fundraiser raised more than $50,000 to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program Partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which provides a spectacular summer of free concerts and beach festivals, sand-sculpting competitions, and youth programs on the region’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. You can find the exact tally on the event website at www.shamrocksplash.org.

“This year we caught a break, and missed the really wicked weather,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s spokesman Bruce Berman, who has splashed each year since the event began. “Thanks to everyone who helped us raise funds to support another great season on the beach in 2018.”
Splashers line up on the beach ready to take the plunge at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Commissioner of BCYF, Will Morales, was on hand to wish splashers good luck, although he did not dip into the water. “Mayor Walsh and I truly value our partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do to serve Boston’s youth and families from every neighborhood.”

DCR Commissioner Leo Roy added, “Department of Conservation and Recreation staff work hard every single day to ensure that agency managed natural resources, such as beaches in Boston, Hull, Nahant, Revere, and Winthrop, are clean, accessible, and enjoyed in a safe environment. The Baker-Polito Administration continues to foster strong partnerships that leverage excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all abilities to benefit from.”

2018’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash was the best ever, with splashers enjoying delicious brunch burritos from Baja Taco Truck and fresh, hot chowder from Daily Catch while Mix 104.1 played hit music on the beach. Harpoon beers invigorated participants after their plunge.
(Left to right) Miriam Rathbun (dressed as Ariel, The Little Mermaid) and Joe Skahan (dressed as Shark Man).  Rathbun and Skahan took first place at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash’s costume contest. Both contestants won a round trip JetBlue flight. Photo by Katy Rogers. 

“All of us at Harpoon 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, brunch burrito, and clam chowder on the beach with our friends from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,” said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey. “Sure it was cold in the water, but the warm feeling you get from giving back to your community stays with you for a long time.”
Team Harpoon Brewery at the Splash. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Participants won JetBlue flights and great Harpoon swag for reaching fundraising goals. Bridget Ryan from South Boston who raised $1,190 and Carol Haney from Revere who raised $1,185 were the top two fundraisers. They each won round trip JetBlue flights for their efforts. The two costume contest winners, Miriam Rathbun, an MIT student from Pittsburgh, PA as Ariel, The Little Mermaid, and Joe Skahan from Lynn as Shark Man won JetBlue flights as well. Every splasher and contributor also had the opportunity to win prizes in two post-splash JetBlue flight raffles.
Bridget Ryan from South Boston raised $1,190 and was one of the top two fundraisers at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Photo by Mike Murowchick.
(Left to right) Carol Haney (one of the biggest fundraisers) and Bruce Berman (Save the Harbor/Save the Bay). Haney, from Revere, raised $1,185. Photo by Katy Rogers. 

"At JetBlue, we are committed to our community and fun is one of our core values,” said Donnie Todd, Corporate Responsibility Liaison for JetBlue, who led a team of 30 participants. "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."
Team JetBlue at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Photo by Katy Rogers.

Members of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s leadership team were also key fundraisers, but were ineligible to win JetBlue flights. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Chair of the Board, Joe Newman from Arlington, raised $3,101. Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications from Brighton, raised $2,826. STH/STB’s Vice President of Programs and Operations, Chris Mancini from Somerville, raised $2,272.

The top five teams also raised significant funds at this year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay topped the list with $25,614. JetBlue raised $6,193 followed by Piers Park Sub-Aqua Warriors with $4,862. Team Harpoon! raised $4,390 and Grandma and Grandkids raised $1,295.

Participants could direct their fundraising to their favorite local beach and notable donations were raised for the top five beaches. South Boston led with $7,180 followed by Lynn & Nahant with $4,101. Winthrop was third with $3,021. Participants raised $2,200 for Constitution Beach and $1,656 for Revere Beach. In addition, Dorchester received $995, Wollaston with $880, and Nantasket with $815.
(Left to Right): Charlie Storey (Harpoon Brewery), Bruce Berman (Save the Harbor/Save the Bay), Kennedy Elsey (Mix 104.1), and Donnie Todd (JetBlue). Photo by Katy Rogers.

Save the Harbor would like to thank event sponsors at Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, Mix 104.1, Baja Taco, The Daily Catch, L.L. Bean, Unreal Candy, PowerCrunch and the Blue Sky Collaborative, and their Better Beaches Program Funding Partners at The Boston Foundation, The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, the Richard Saltonstall Foundation, National Grid and Comcast.

We would also like to thank the Massachusetts Legislature, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for their support for our beaches, and our program partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Greater Boston YMCA for their support.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay 
As the region's leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do, please visit their website at www.savehtheharbor.org, their blog "Sea, Sand & Sky" at blog.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can download a copy of the most recent Better Beaches program report at http://savetheharbor.org/Content/2017_Beaches_Report.pdf

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel Delivers Positive News for Boston Harbor

On Wednesday, February 28th, staff and interns from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay attended a gathering of the Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel (OMSAP) to hear updates on the ongoing monitoring efforts of the Deer Island Treatment Plant outfall pipe. Through the power of monitoring, the panel has been working to understand the effects of discharging clean wastewater from Deer Island out into Massachusetts Bay since the early 90s.

Betsy Reilly kicked off the meeting by giving the history of MWRA's ambient monitoring program at the outfall site and an overview of results from 2017. Based on the 26 years of collected data, there is no evidence that discharge from the outfall pipe is causing any adverse affects in Massachusetts Bay.

Following Reilly, Scott Libby (Battelle) gave an overview of the Alexandrium monitoring effort. There was a threshold exceedance of these red tide-causing plankton in 2017, but despite their high abundance in the bay, the algal bloom is far enough off shore as to not put the public at risk.

Additionally, there was a threshold exceedance phaeocystis, another algae, in 2016. There was no connection between the exceedance and the outfall pipe, and the MWRA and the EPA agreed to remove this threshold. Although there were two algae bloom threshold exceedances in 2016, neither one had serious implications for the health of the bay.

David Wu from the MWRA discussed fecal coliform bacteria and Enterococcus, two bacteria discharged from the outfall pipes with minimal impact on the bay. Dave Taylor showed that there are healthy levels of dissolved oxygen and nitrogen in the bay, and that there have always been elevated ammonium (nitrogen) levels at the outfall, but that even if there was a 50% increase in nitrogen at the site, there would be no negative impacts.

Biodiversity at the outfall site is in great shape, according to Ken Keay.

Flounder have been used as an indicator of water quality because of proclivity to digest sediment from the bay. Flounder used to have a large amount of ulcers on their blindside from poor water quality, but we have seen a substantial reduction in ulcers since the installation of the outfall pipe.

The presentations by members of the panel made one thing abundantly clear: Boston Harbor is in great shape, and we are seeing no negative impacts in Massachusetts Bay from the outfall pipe. With the renewal of the pipe's discharge permit forthcoming, the panel is beginning to look for a new suite of indicators to monitor.

Data on the bay and the outfall pipe are conducted by ambient monitoring, and is reported hourly here.

Monitoring data from 2016 is compiled in this Outfall Monitoring Overview.

After the OMSAP meeting, the Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC) briefly convened to discuss possible suggestions for a new monitoring plan and potential stakeholders who might be interested in getting involved with the committee or proposing additions to the monitoring plan.

To learn more about the outfall pipe and the MWRA's work surrounding it, you can visit their website.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pop-In to Save the Harbor's Boston Harbor Pop-Up Near North Station

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is pleased to announce the opening of its new interactive Boston Harbor Pop-Up Museum at 226 Causeway Street across from North Station in Boston.

All the joys of Boston Harbor... in the North End! (Left to right) SHSB staff and interns- Emily Bozadjian, Tanika Tucker, Anil Gurcan, Chris Mancini, Jules Stuber, Kate Oetheimer, and Amy Gaylord.
At the Boston Harbor Pop-Up, kids of all ages can explore the harbor, create designs in the sand, and color murals featuring Boston’s sports teams and images from Boston Harbor. They can also learn and share stories and songs of the sea from Boston’s nautical past, and even pose for a picture with a big striped bass with Boston Harbor in the background.

SHSB staff and interns enjoying the scenic harborside at the Pop Up. Selfie with a striped bass, anyone? (Left to right) Jules Stuber, Kate Oetheimer, Chris Mancini, Amy Gaylord, Anil Gurcan, Emily Bozadjian, and Tanika Tucker.
“Last year Save the Harbor ’shared the harbor’ with more than 30,000 kids from more than 100 organizations from 40 communities on the region’s public beaches and in the Boston Harbor Islands,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Save the Harbor who curated the exhibition. “This Boston Harbor Pop-Up brings the beach and the islands into the heart of the city, for everyone to enjoy.”

The interactive exhibits include works by Save the Harbor’s Artists in Residence Olga Karayakina and Guillermo Erice as well as intertidal artist Andres Amador. It also includes fish prints, photographs, videos and other works created by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Youth Environmental Education program staff.

The Pop Up will be decorated with artwork from Olga Karayakina, Guillermo Erice, Andres Amador, SHSB staff... and YOU! (Left to right)- Anil Gurcan, Amy Gaylord, Jules Stuber, Tanika Tucker, Kate Oetheimer, Chris Mancini, and Emily Bozadjian.

“It’s a great place for kids of all ages to explore Boston Harbor” said Save the Harbor’s President Patty Foley. “We would like to thank our partners at Invesco Real Estate, C.B. Richard Ellis – New England, and Colliers International for their creativity, energy and enthusiastic support.”

Making the harbor accessible for everyone to enjoy! (Left to right) Amy Gaylord, Chris Mancini, Anil Gurcan, Jules Stuber, Tanika Tucker, Kate Oetheimer, Emily Bozadjian.

“Save the Harbor does tremendous work to educate children and adults about the positive impact that a clean harbor has for residents and businesses in the greater Boston area.  We are delighted that our property, 226 Causeway is the first location to host this exhibit to promote their important work” said John Kiernan, Director – Asset Management at Invesco Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager.

Our friends from CBRE New England enjoying a day at the harbor! (Left to right) Chris Mancini, Lucia Caradonio, Kayla Hammersley, Tanika Tucker, and Kara Modliszewski.

The Boston Harbor Pop-Up is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM and on Sunday from 12PM to 4PM. It is located at 226 Causeway Street in Boston, just across from North Station.

Express your artistic creativity, enjoy the wonders of the harborside, and don't forget to take a selfie with the giant striped bass before you leave!

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay or the Boston Harbor Pop-Up, call 617-451-2860 or email info@savetheharbor.org

Unable, Unwilling, or Simply "Too Smart to Splash" on March 11th?


Though the water temperature in Boston Harbor is already a balmy 40 degrees, we have recently discovered that there are some people who would really rather not join us for a quick dip in Boston Harbor at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash on March 11th.

If you are unable, unwilling, or simply "too smart to splash" yourself this year
, we hope that you will take a minute to make a contribution today at https://tinyurl.com/teamsavetheharbor to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's team as we splash to raise funds for free beach events and youth programs in 2018.

To sweeten the deal, anyone who makes a contribution of any amount to our team or any other participant will have a chance to win round trip flights from our partners at JetBlue!

We know that your heart will be with us as we hit the water. We hope that we can count on you to make a small contribution today at https://tinyurl.com/teamsavetheharbor to help make 2018 another great year on our region's public beaches, and thanks for your support!

Though you will be warm and dry while we are wet and cold, we know you love your beach and that you support the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor with all Bostonians and the region's residents from Nahant to Nantasket.

Thanks for your support!
Team Save the Harbor


P.S. If you can't (or won't) splash but want to join us on the beach for a refreshing Harpoon beer and a great beach party, you can register as a chicken at http://shamrocksplash.org/CompleteRegistration.asp




Register or donate today at www.shamrocksplash.org


For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org



For more information about the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, check out this post on our blog, Sea, Sand & Sky or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Instagram and twitter #harpoonshamrocksplash

February Break with Boston Harbor Explorers at Atlantic Wharf

On Thursday, February 22, Atlantic Wharf and Boston Properties hosted Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Boston Harbor Explorers' program for February Vacation Week Programming. Save the Harbor staff, youth and interns were joined by 30 kids from South Boston Neighborhood House for a morning of sea chanteys, art projects, stories, and of course an up close encounter with Louise the Lobster at the touch tank!

Tony the Pirate telling the South Boston Neighborhood House kids the story of "Little Eyes" the magic crab.
The day began with Tony the Pirate detailing the origins of crabs, jaguars, and vultures and teaching the kids how to sign different animals in sign language. After Tony's stories, the kids learned and sang the official Save the Harbor sea chantey, "Haul Away Joe", a reminder that that when we all pull in the same direction we can get almost anything done, whether its raising the sail of a tall ship or cleaning up Boston Harbor!
An enthusiastic rendition of Haul Away Joe
Once the kids were inspired and excited from singing together, they broke off into groups to learn more about the harborside. Each group took turns at different Boston Harbor- themed stations. The first station was fish printing, where the South Boston Neighborhood kids channeled their inner artist by making gyotaku fish prints with scup and mackerel.

Artists in the making
At the touch tank, kids had a chance to meet Louise the Lobster and a Bert the Rock Crab. The kids were delighted to learn about crabs' regenerative limbs and how to determine if a lobster is a female or a male. The kids also learned about the anatomy of the crustaceans, their diet, and their role in the ecosystem of Boston Harbor.
Lobsters, crabs, and humans-- oh my!
They even got to draw themselves as pirates, inspired by Tony's tales and Save the Harbor's "All Hands On Deck" broadsheet, which tells the stories of diverse young mariners and seafaring women.

The masterpieces-- these kids make for some scary pirates!


Looks like Tony's been overthrown...
And of course the day wouldn't be complete without the delicious lunch from Boloco, courtesy of Atlantic Wharf!

A successful day with South Boston Neighborhood House at Atlantic Wharf.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is grateful for our amazing partners at Atlantic Wharf for continuing our great tradition of excellent vacation and summer programming at their outstanding location on the Fort Point Channel.

Thanks also to James Hook & Co. for lending us Louise and Bert for the morning!

For more information on our Youth Programs and other similar events, visit savetheharbor.org and check out our blog - blog.savetheharbor.org.