Monday, November 12, 2018

Mass Bay Outfall Monitoring Conference November 13th

On Tuesday, November 13 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel (OMSAP), the Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and MIT Sea Grant College Program are hosting a conference: 2300 Days at Sea: Monitoring the Impacts of the Massachusetts Bay Outfall. 

This conference will focus on the last 30 years of data from monitoring the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's marine outfall, which discharges from its Deer Island facility 9.5 miles into Massachusetts Bay. There will also be interactive breakout sessions to discuss questions and any concerns that may warrant additional study and monitoring.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday November 13th at Atlantic Wharf in Boston. To register, please use the form here:

At Save the Harbor/Save the Bay we believe that the MWRA's monitoring has been critical to our understanding of the impacts of the outfall on Mass Bay and the marine environment.

When we were founded in 1986, we promised the public that the cleanup of Boston Harbor would not come at the expense of Mass Bay or Cape Cod Bay. Based on our review of the data it is clear that many of the impacts that the public was concerned about at that time have not materialized.

After nearly 30 years of study, we believe that some of the original questions the monitoring was designed to address have been asked and answered, while others continue to be important.

However, the ocean is getting warmer, deeper and more stormy, which has already begun to have impacts on the timing, duration and extent of algae blooms, and on the range of species of critical ecological and economic concern including lobsters, flounder, black sea bass and marine mammals.

We also believe there are emerging issues, such as the impacts of pharmaceuticals, micro beads, plastics, estrogen imitators and endocrine disruptors on marine life and human health, which merit additional monitoring and study.

Your input at this conference will serve as the new basis for OMSAP’s important research in the years to come.

We hope that you will attend to learn about the outfall and its effects on the marine environment. We also hope that you will share your concerns and thoughts about how we can refine and improve the monitoring program going forward.

More details are below, but if you have any questions, email Andrea Patton at or Dr. Judith Pederson at

To register for the conference, please use the form here:

What: OMSAP Conference, 2300 Days at Sea: Monitoring the Impacts of the Massachusetts Bay Outfall
When: Tuesday November 13th, 8:00am-3:15pm. Enjoy a free harbor cruise after the conference!
Where: Fort Point Channel Conference Room, Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cross Post: Spotlight on a Charity We Love

This post was first published on Circle Furniture's blog at

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has partnered with, and been supported by, Circle Furniture since 1996. This month they highlighted our work together on their blog! We are incredibly grateful for their support, and have enjoyed our partnership over the last two decades.

Spotlight on a Charity We Love: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

02 NOV 2018

We’re passionate about supporting the local community, both by partnering with local businesses and supporting local charities in any way we can. Today we’re putting a spotlight on an organization we’ve been partnered with for over 20 years.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay was founded in 1986. We’ve been working with them since 1996, and have since formed a long-lasting and mutually rewarding relationship.

The Circle family feels strongly about restoring and protecting the Boston harbor, and we’re proud to be aligned with an organization that cares equally about the beautiful city we live in.

Who are they? 

We met with Bruce Berman, director of Strategy and Communications, to talk about our partnership with them and what the charity has accomplished.

He described, “Save the Harbor was founded with a clear mission: to restore, protect, and share Boston’s degraded harbor. That’s what we’ve done and we’re really proud of it.”

Save the Harbor has built a network of 5,000 members and supporters who share their commitment to clean water in the Boston community. “We’re proud to be the leading voice for clean water and continued investment in the marine environment.”

What do they do? 
Through numerous initiatives and programs, they’ve transformed Boston Harbor to one of the cleanest urban beaches in the nation. Clean water is at the core of their mission and the changes they’ve made are immeasurable.

How have they done this? Bruce is loyal to the idea that “the best way to save the harbor is to share it with the public.”

They’ve brought together thousands in honor of protecting the harbor, and 80% of the funds that they raise go towards free events and programs that serve the 1.9 million people that live around the harbor, in particular, underserved children and families.

Involvement in the communityAt the forefront of their organization are the youth environmental education programs which, in 2018, connected 30,000 youth and teens on the beaches and harbor islands of Boston. They had a dream that the Harbor would be a “laboratory for learning and a recreational destination.”

This is a dream they’ve seen come to fruition in many ways, including in their Better Beaches Program. Through this program they’ve hosted 150 free events on the regions public beaches; from family reading nights on the beach to performing pirates, circuses, and the Life’s a Beach Festival.

Bruce explained, “One of the reasons we’re so successful is that we’re really connected to the communities we serve and we turn to them for help and support.”

Our partnership 
We’ve had a long-term personal relationship with Save the Harbor that’s built around the desire to care for the community we live in.

“I’ve been with Save the Harbor since ’96 and the Circle family has been a supporter since then. After meeting them, it quickly became clear that they shared our core values and truly care about the community and the ocean,” Bruce stated.

We participate in any way we can to the events and programs they host. In the past, we’ve sponsored and volunteered on fishing trips that bring kids from the city out on the water, sometimes for their first time. We’ve also been involved in sponsoring and planning their annual event, Destination Harbor.

Harold Tubman described, “When I was growing up in Boston you couldn’t swim in the harbor, but through the efforts of Save the Harbor, the Boston harbor and beaches are now clean and accessible to everyone.”

Our efforts to be sustainable and support the local community perfectly align with Save the Harbor and we’re proud to have been a part of the organization for over 20 years.

Get involved
There are so many ways to get involved with Save the Harbor. First and most simply, keep the harbor and bay of Boston clean by keeping oil and trash out of the water.

You can also join them at their annual plunge and pledge fundraiser in March, the Harpoon Shamrock Splash. This event raises money to support free events and programs on the region’s public beaches.

Finally, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about the free events they run. You can even join them on a Save the Harbor cruise. Bruce says, “You’ll fall in love with the harbor and there is no shortage of opportunities to help.”

By Julia Maiman

Julia is a writer, blogger, and believer in the smell of old books. She has been crafting stories since she could put pen to paper. She is also a lover of dogs, traveling, and Led Zeppelin.