Harbor Current

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Boston Harbor Newsletter

Here are just a few of many recent stories about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and our work to restore, protect, and share Boston Harbor, the harbor islands, and our region’s great public beaches. You can find out more on our blog Harbor Current at blog.savetheharbor.org

A Message From Our President
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July Celebration and got a chance to enjoy Boston Harbor or the regions beaches. We are excited to have the 39 youth summer staff work together to lead our programming at the nine different sites around Boston Harbor. These individuals, including 24 Boston Public School students, will connect nearly 30,000 youth and families to the harbor, and region’s beaches from Nahant to Nantasket, through interactive and hands-on environmental education programs with our All Access Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor Explorers and Better Beaches programs. We are looking forward to welcoming the youth groups and families during the summer of 2019 because, here at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, we believe the best way to save the harbor is to share the harbor!
I want to thank all our supporters who make it possible to bring over 1 million of the region’s residents out onto our spectacular harbor, beaches, and islands each year. Please check out our new website to see some of the smiling faces exploring Boston Harbor and the regions beaches. This is my first summer with Save the Harbor and the dedication of our staff is nothing short of amazing and inspires me to believe that this generation of youth will be the ones to find solutions to mitigate the biggest environmental concerns we face today.
Thank you again for making our work possible as we continue to share the harbor through Education, Recreation and Exploration for generations to come.

Programming: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Introduces Catch of the Day Program
Recently, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay cast off the Catch of the Day fishing program. This new program offers a boat-based, hands-on experience that will bring youth closer to the harbor than ever before with a chance to catch some of the local fish species and learn how to prepare healthy, affordable and delicious recipes, all while cruising the harbor. These excursions take teens through a new “bait to plate” curriculum that highlights the health benefits of eating more seafood and the environmental benefits of choosing species that are sustainably sourced. Throughout the summer, Save the Harbor will host 24 total Catch of the Day outings, bringing groups from local youth organizations out on the water, many of them for the first time. Additionally, there are several other upcoming opportunities for groups to experience Boston Harbor through free on-the-water programs.
Check out our website to join our All Access Boston Harbor programs for island-based activities and harbor cruises that connect our communities to Boston Harbor and the region’s public beaches.
For more information on our Youth Programs and other similar events and check out our blog –
blog.savetheharbor.org

Stewardship: Better Beaches Program Grants Awarded
In June, Save the Harbor and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Better Beaches Program Partnership granted more than $210,000 to 36 local community organizations to support free events and programs that activate and share the region’s public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket in Hull.
On June 1st, in partnership with the South Boston MOMS Club, we kicked off our 2019 Better Beaches program with the Southie Family Fun Day! Save the Harbor was delighted to attend, bringing our Youth Environmental Education Program staff and a touch tank featuring crabs and lobsters, which were a hit with kids and adults alike. Our next partners to host an event will be Family Fun Night at Carson with the South Boston Neighborhood House. Our first Life’s a Beach event of 2019 is on July 19 with the Youth Beach Bash and Splash, also at Carson, that will continue our successful partnership with the Boston Circus Guild. Life’s a Beach events will not only feature environmental education activities, but also aerialists, acrobats, hula hoopers, and a historical reinactment of Eleanor Creesy, an 1800’s Massachusetts native and record setting navigator.
Check out our blog for a full list of free events at tinyurl.com/BetterBeaches2019. We can’t wait to see you on the beach!

Policy In Action: Statehouse House Hearing Held In June
On Sunday, May 26th SHSB released our annual Metropolitan Beaches Water Quality Report Card. Though 2018 was the wettest year on record, with 61 inches of rain, the overall water quality safety rating for Boston Harbor’s regional beaches was 95%, a slight improvement over last year’s score of 94%. More than half of the region’s public beaches scored a perfect 100%, which is very good news for beachgoers from Nahant to Nantasket.
On Tuesday, June 4, we held the final Metropolitan Beaches Commission hearing of FY2019 in room 222 at the State House. At that time, MBC Commissioners heard from DCR Commissioner Leo Roy on the FY2020 budget and his plans for the region’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
The Commission also heard from Samantha Overton, Director of Parks and Recreation at Conduent, on best practices for managing beach parking, and took expert testimony from the New England Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on how best to address the unexplained deaths of 93 Humpback whales from Maine to Florida since 2016, including 14 off Massachusetts.
In the coming weeks, we will release the MBC’s findings and recommendations for the region’s public beaches, and the results of a special mid-summer study on water quality on the South Boston beaches, which continue to be some of the cleanest urban beaches in the nation.
For more information on any of our reports or studies, contact Andrea Patton at patton@savetheharbor.org.

Mark the Calendar: Share the Harbor Cruises
Save the Harbor has teamed up with several local community partners for an array of upcoming events as part of our Better Beaches Program. At the events you’ll spend the day experiencing our region’s public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
July events range from Revere’s International Sand Sculpting Festival, Art on the Shore with Andres Amador at several of the region’s beaches and Life’s A Beach Festivals in South Boston and East Boston. There will be beach games, refreshments, jugglers, aerialists and more. We’re also continuing our Share the Harbor cruises, a series of free cruises to Boston Light and Spectacle Island that are open to the public. All events are free to attend, so strap on your sandals, bring your sunscreen, and join us this summer!
For a full list of this year’s Better Beaches Program events visit our blog at: tinyurl.com/BetterBeaches2019.