Thursday, September 20, 2018

Save the Harbor and Boston Consulting Group Work Together to Clean Tenean Beach!

On Thursday September 20th Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff teamed up with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as part of BCG's Service Day 2018 for a clean-up at the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Tenean Beach and Finnegan Park in Dorchester.

Tenean Beach, in the Port Norfolk neighborhood, is a swimming beach with a playground and tennis courts located at the mouth of the Neponset River where it opens into Dorchester Bay. Finnegan Park, a short walk away, is a relatively new DCR park having been converted from industrial to recreational use in 2017 after undergoing rehabilitation.

On Thursday the group of 50 employees from Boston Consulting Group helped to make both of these properties cleaner and more accessible by removing two tons of debris, weeds, and wash up over the course of the day. Volunteers working on Tenean Beach scoured the sand, green areas, and parking lot to pick up debris, and raked storm wash up from the beach. Another team removed weeds from the seawall and sidewalk. In the afternoon volunteers swept sand that had blown onto the sidewalks back onto the playground.

The group at Finnegan Park spent the day removing phragmites, an invasive sea grass, from the shoreline and cutting a strangling vine that was overtaking the local flora. Volunteers also combed the park removing plastic trash and debris from the green spaces.

“It was a very productive day on the beach, thanks to our partners at Boston Consulting Group,” said Chris Mancini Vice President for Programs and Operations at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “In just a few hours we removed two tons of waste, something that might take a week of regular staff time during the fall season, freeing up DCR staff to take on other projects on beaches and parks around the area.”

This day of service was part of Save the Harbor's stewardship program, a collaboration with DCR and our corporate partners to help preserve, maintain, and improve the region's spectacular waterfront resources. This summer, in addition to Boston Consulting Group, we've also partnered with Boston 25 News at Carson Beach, Boston Properties at Victory Road Park and Hines at Squantum Point Park. Particularly after the winter's wicked strong storms, these beaches and waterfront parks saw an increased need to remove debris, rebuild pathways, and restore sand. Save the Harbor is proud to work with our partners as we prepare these beaches for the fall and winter season.

"Clamity" on Revere Beach, as thousands of juvenile surf clams wash ashore.

Late this summer beach lovers in Revere discovered first thousands and then tens of thousands of dead juvenile surf clams decaying on the southern portion of America's oldest public beach.

By September, there were hundreds of thousands of dead clams south of the Markey Bridge, and on hot days with easterly winds, the smell of the sea was replaced by the stench of decay.

"The smell was awful," said Rep. RoseLee Vincent of Revere, who Co-Chairs the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Legislature. Vincent contacted the Department of Conservation and Recreation, who buried the clams in trenches to mitigate the smell.  However, despite their efforts, the dead clams keep coming.

According to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's spokesman Bruce Berman, there appears to be a "surfeit of surf clams" in the shallows on the southern portion of Revere Beach this year. While there are tens of thousands of dead clams washed up on the beach at the high tide line, there are tens of thousands of clams still in the sand which appear to be thriving.

According  to Berman, Atlantic surf clams can grow to eight inches, and are delicious in chowders, though clamming is prohibited on Revere Beach. This species of clam is particularly sensitive to water temperature and salinity, which may explain the situation. "We had a very stormy summer, with several sustained heat waves with temperature of nearly 100 degrees," said Berman. "It is likely that strong surf from north east winds pushed the quarter sized clams into the shallows, where some of them were stressed by high temperatures and fresh water from the torrential storms causing this clam kill, though there are other possible causes as well. We hope to know more about this event soon, and will continue to keep the public informed."

This week state scientists gathered samples of the clams for analysis, and DCR's crews returned to the beach to bury yet anther wave of dead clams.

The Commonwealth's parks and environmental agencies have been very responsive, working to both understand the problem and mitigate the impacts on residents and beach goers. "This has been a great example of inter-agency cooperation and coordination," said Berman. "It is a frustrating situation for beach goers and residents, but DCR staff have been a big help."

"The gulls are doing their part in the cleanup," said Berman. "I expect that the next wave of high tides will wash the remaining dead clams out to sea. Fortunately the event is confined to the southern portion of the beach, so beach goers can enjoy the last days of summer on this great public beach."

According to Berman, this is not the first time that large storms have tossed clams onto Revere Beach. "During the wicked winter of 2015 we saw waves of hard shell clams of all sizes tossed onto the beach by the stormy seas," said Berman. "But they were alive and healthy when they hit the shore, though they eventually froze solid in the bitter cold."

For more information about this event, or to learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor, Mass Bay, the Boston Harbor Islands and the region's Metropolitan Beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, visit their website at or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Free Fall "Share the Harbor" Cruises

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will be hosting free “Share the Harbor Cruises” this fall to Spectacle Island, Georges Island, and Boston Light for kids and families from across the city and around the region.

“These free trips have introduced a whole new audience to Boston Harbor’s storied past,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy & Communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “They give all Bostonians and the region’s residents the chance to enjoy the recreational and educational opportunities that come with clean water and the success of the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.”

Though these cruises are free and open to the public, reservations are required.

The first is a “Treasures of Spectacle Island” excursion on Saturday September 29th, featuring performing pirates, a treasure hunt and songs and stories of the sea. This cruise is currently accepting standby reservations here.

The “Treasures of Spectacle Island” include sea glass, pottery and historic artifacts which help illustrate the story of the transformation of the island from the city dump to the most popular destination in the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.

Save the Harbor is also accepting reservations for a sunset cruise to Boston Light, site of the first lighthouse in the country, on Monday October 1st. During the cruise, author Eric Jay Dolin will lead a wheelhouse narration based on his best selling book “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse”!

Reserve your space on this sunset cruise today here.

Save the Harbor’s “Share the Harbor” cruises are funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Boston Properties - Atlantic Wharf, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex, and The Yawkey Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, Inc., The Cricket Foundation, Cronin Group, LLC, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, The Daily Catch Seaport, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability & Innovation, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General's Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Skanska, South Boston, Community Development Foundation, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders 3A Marine Service, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Boston Bruins Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, CannonDesign, Circle Furniture, Kevin & Dee Colcord, Dark Horse Capital Partners, Diversified Automotive, Eversource, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Fort Point Framers, Goulston & Storrs PC, Highland Street Foundation, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, National Park Service, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, SKW Partners, Inc., Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle & Sara Warwick, West End House, A.O. Wilson Foundation and Winthrop Parks and Recreation.

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their generosity 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.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcoming new Policy Intern Donna!

Hello everyone! My name is Donna, and I will be working at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay as an environmental policy intern for the Fall. I come all the way from Los Angeles, California, and I am a senior at Boston University studying for my B.S. in Health Science. While growing up along the Pacific Coast, I have constantly been surrounded by the ocean and its neighboring natural beauties. I have witnessed the increase in pollution in the ocean and beaches, and I have participated in various clean-ups surrounding the coast.

After moving to Boston for school, I began to dive deeper into problems and solutions surrounding environmental policy and health. My experience varies from my research on the water quality of the Charles River to campaign organization at the Environmental Voter Project, also located in Boston. After graduation, I hope to pursue graduate school for Environmental Health and Policy. I look forward to familiarizing myself with the various communities and beaches surrounding Boston while also participating in projects held by Save the Harbor!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Welcoming new intern Mike!

Hello Everyone!

My name's Mike, the new business development intern. I will be working with Trevor Etheridge to find new potential supporters. I am originally from Sandwich Massachusetts, a small town at the start of Cape Cod. I spent my childhood at some of the many beaches that Cape has to offer. Whether it was surfing, skim boarding or just swimming with friends, I was always the first one in and the last one out. I moved to Boston four years ago for school and had a hard time with the transition. When I first got here I struggled finding a beach to spend my time at, I really didn't think I'd find one. I finally found Nantasket beach where I continue to spend some weekends. This internship provides me with the perfect opportunity to give back and to hopefully help families find some of the great beaches that Boston has to offer.  I am currently a senior at Emmanuel College pursuing a degree in Economics with a concentration in Environmental and a minor in photography. Economics is a very broad subject to study and when I took my first environmental economics course I knew that it was a match. I am so excited to start this internship with Save the Bay / Save the Harbor and I look forward to seeing some of you around!

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Intern- Ansley Vardeman

Hello readers! I am Ansley, a new environmental policy intern working with Chris Mancini: Director of Operations and Programs. Not only am I new to Save the Harbor, I am new to Boston! I was born and raised in a two stoplight town nestled in  the north Georgia Mountains. Fun fact: the Appalachian Trail starts in my hometown! My childhood was spent constantly outside whether it was exploring the woods, hiking, or enjoying being on the water of Lake Chatuge. These experiences developed in me a value of nature, which has led me to a passion for stewardship of our environment. I saw first hand how experiencing nature can lead to knowledge and a sense of responsibility for the natural world. When I founded a school wide recycling program my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that impacts the community and environment for the better. I went to college at the University of Georgia and received a B.S.F.R. in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Some of my favorite courses from earning this degree were Environmental Law, Renewable Resources Policy, and Sustainable Tourism.

            You may be wondering how a southerner got all the way to New England. I accomplished my life long goal of becoming an NBA dancer for the Boston Celtics and will be on the court this season! I have trained in all styles of dance since the age of 3 and continued to dance at the collegiate level (Go dawgs!) I was very thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dance dreams along with experience living in an influential city and different part of the United States. When looking for a path to continue learning and gaining experience about my passion for connection of people to nature, Save the Harbor internships were the perfect fit. I hope to learn and experience as much as possible about how a non-profit operates and can impact its community, and walk away with a clearer idea of what step to take next in my career or education. I look forward to exploring Boston and perfecting a northern accent. That being said, “Y’all keep an eye out for me around these parts, ya hear?”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Excited to spend the fall with Save the Harbor!

Hi guys! My name is Casey Abel and I am so excited to start as the Environmental Policy Intern for the fall. I just graduated from Northeastern University with my B.S. in Marine Biology and I am enrolled in Northeastern’s new Environmental Science and Policy Master’s program.

I have been interested in Marine Biology for as long as I can remember. Even when I was in Kindergarten I knew that I wanted to study the ocean and the creatures that live in it!

Through Northeastern I was able to participate in the Three Seas Program, where I got to study marine life in three very different environments: Nahant, Massachusetts; San Juan Islands, Washington; and Bocas del Toro, Panama. I got to learn about many different disciplines of Marine Biology and got to go scuba diving for almost every class!

Chilling out in Panama! 

After Three Seas, I discovered that I was the most passionate about environmental policy. I have always enjoyed communicating to the public about marine biology and I want to be involved in communicating with officials to make the changes that need to be made. I learned a lot about the science aspect of environmental policy but I am really eager to learn how the science influences the policy. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay gives me the opportunity to see the entire process from analyzing data to communicating it to the public and I can’t wait to get started!