Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Comcast Foundation Grant To Strengthen Job Readiness Skills For BPS Students Employed At Save The Harbor

The Boston high school students employed by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay next summer will have the opportunity to develop new ways to strengthen their leadership and job readiness skills thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation.

The 20-25 Boston Public School students, who help lead Save the Harbor’s Youth Environmental Education Programs, develop these skills by participating in a suite of career-focused, technology training projects while employed during the summer months. Next year, with support from the Comcast Foundation grant, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will incorporate skills training across all areas of their Youth Programs aimed at increasing the teens’ confidence in dealing with the evolving tech industry, and introducing them to potential pathways to careers on Boston Harbor that require increasing levels of technological literacy.

These new technology and leadership training sessions begin during a week-long orientation and are further developed at eight additional sessions throughout the summer. In addition to strengthening the leadership, communications, and technology skills of the teens, these trainings will also empower them with skills necessary to present the organization’s mission and programs to the public, with an objective to develop the youth to be competitive candidates in today’s workforce.

“Save the Harbor is proud to continue and deepen our partnership with Comcast and the Comcast Foundation,” said Chris Mancini, Vice President of Operations & Programs. “Their support over the years has helped provide laptops to our youth, iPads that enhance the efficiency and professionalism of our programs, and Internet Essentials to people from around the region.”

This grant represents great new potential for Save the Harbor’s programs and participants, who will have the opportunity to build and pilot underwater drones at Youth Environmental Education sites like Carson Beach in South Boston, Piers Park in East Boston, and public events from Nahant to Nantasket.

Each year Save the Harbor/Save the Bay sees increased confidence in their youth staff as they learn to communicate and educate others and that newly developed skill sets translate into success in their chosen fields. The leadership, communications, technology, and workforce readiness skills learned in this program play an important role developing the teen’s skills and experiences needed to make them competitive prospects in a changing marketplace.

Join Save the Harbor on Two Free “Share the Harbor” Cruises in September

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is hosting two free “Share the Harbor” cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands from the Seaport this month, and wants you to know that there is plenty of room for you and your friends and family on the boat!

Harbor is hosting two free “Share the Harbor” Cruises in September.

Join us on Monday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a free sunset cruise to Boston Light with wheelhouse narration by our harbor historian David Coffin, who will share songs and stories of the sea. Sally Snowman, the 70th Keeper of Boston Light, will also be on board dressed in period garb, to answer your questions about her life on Little Brewster Island.

The public is also invited to join us on Sunday, September 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a free trip to explore the Treasures of Spectacle Island, which has been transformed from a landfill into the most popular destination in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

You can spend your time on Spectacle Island exploring Treasure Beach with Save the Harbor’s BayWatcher Bruce Berman, hiking to the top of the North Drumlin for a spectacular view of the city, or fishing from the pier with our Youth Environmental Education program staff.

Both cruises depart from the World Trade Center ferry terminal on Seaport Boulevard in South Boston on Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II, which can easily accommodate 1000 passengers.

Though there is plenty of room for you and your friends and family on the boat, reservations are required. Make your reservation today for one or both of these free Share the Harbor cruises at www.tinyurl.com/SharetheHarbor2019.

According to Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay’s Vice President Chris Mancini, these free trips are part of our new Share the Harbor initiative that they launched in the spring. “So far this year nearly 5,000 people have taken part in this great new program,” said Mancini. “The best way we know to  “Save the Harbor” is to “Share the Harbor” with the public through free events and programs on the Harbor, the beach, the waterfront and the islands.”

Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from Cronin Development, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Bay State Cruise Company.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Exelon Generation, and John Hancock Financial Services.

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Partnership Grants from the Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Boston Properties—200 Clarendon, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, Highland Street Foundation, Hood Business Park, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, IR+M Charitable Fund, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, and Vertex.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from the Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Dorr Charitable Foundation, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, The Kershaw Foundation – Cheers for Children, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, MarineMax Russo, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, Pabis Foundation, REI, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Skanska, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cell Signaling Technology, Diversified Automotive, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Mass Bay Credit Union, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.

Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Cresset Group, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg.

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their support 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.

To stay up-to-date on the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor visit www.savetheharbor.org and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Brown Algae Bloom

 There have been a number of recent reports of an algae bloom in Boston Harbor and elsewhere around the region which has stained the water a chocolate brown.

Staff from the MWRA, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the MA Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have collected and analyzed samples of the bloom and determined that the culprit is a naturally occurring algae, Karenia mikimotoi, and that similar blooms have recently been reported elsewhere in the Gulf of Maine.

The culprit: Karenia Mikimotoi, is a naturally occurring nuisance algae.

 Though the drop in dissolved oxygen levels caused by the bloom can affect fish and shellfish, DMF reports that Karenia  mikimotoi  is NOT a public health concern, and that the water is safe for boating, fishing and swimming.

"Algae blooms like this one are fairly common" said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Director of Strategy and Communications Bruce Berman, who has been working closely with the MWRA to monitor the situation. "This one has lasted longer and is more extensive than most we have seen in the region in recent years. "

"Though it doesn't pose a threat to human health like the recent blue green algae bloom in the Charles River, we are concerned that blooms like this may become more common as a result of warmer water caused by climate change" said Berman. "We are glad that the MWRA and state agencies are working together with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and other stakeholders to understand and address the situation."

The MWRA is keeping a close watch on the bloom and dissolved oxygen levels in the harbor, and will be conducting additional surveys after the storm.

For more information please contact Bruce Berman at berman@savetheharbor.org, or on his cell at 617-293-6243.