On Monday evening (Feb. 13th), Scott Horsley presented the findings of the CPWB-sponsored Moonakis River Restoration Project which was conducted in the fall of 2022. His presentation examined the water quality of the Moonakis/Quashnet River and analyzed alternative remediation approaches focusing on the efficacy and cost effectiveness of nitrogen reduction technologies. It is the first time that a study of this kind has been done for the Moonakis, and as such, will provide important direction for future action. If you missed this important, information-rich presentation, you can watch below!
The December edition of our newsletter is filled with information about the Bay and some gorgeous pictures!
Last Wednesday, August 25, CPWB held its Annual Meeting featuring Dr. John Todd and his presentation about floating wetlands as a means to clean water bodies.
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting both on zoom and in person. I hope the summary of our activities last year helped remind you why we work so hard to protect Waquoit Bay.
We also elected the August 2021-2022 Board:
Matt Patrick, President
Mike Bingham, Treasurer
Joan Muller, WBNERR Liason
James Rassman shared history about military use of Washburn Island.
Click here to watch Dr. Todd’s presentation. We will have a video of the Q&A soon.
Thanks again for your commitment to Waquoit Bay,
You are invited to attend our Annual Meeting to hear an important talk by Dr. John Todd, one of the co-founders of the New Alchemy Institute and the first winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challen
ge for, “the best idea to help humanity.” Dr. Todd will speak about his approach to restoring marine and fresh bodies of water stressed by nutrients. Considering the most recent report on Waquoit Bay and the time it will take for a plan to address waste water at its source, this is an option that should be considered.
In addition, James Rassman will tell us about the historical significance of Washburn Island as a training site for soldiers who participated in the D-day landings.
DATE: Wednesday, August 25th
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: WBNERR boat house, 131 Waquoit Hwy., (Rte.28), East Falmouth, MA 02536
Desserts and coffee will be provided.
Dr. John Todd, Ph.D. is the President of Ocean Arks International and Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont in the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is a former assistant scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the cofounder of the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod. He has pioneered ecological design and engineering and applied ecological concepts around the world to help solve major environmental issues. He is the inventor of eco-machines, technologies for wastewater treatment, environmental restoration and for the production of aquatic and terrestrial foods. In 2008 he became the first winner of the R. Buckminster Fuller Challenge for the “best ideal to help humanity.” His entry was entitled Design for a Carbon Neutral World? The Challenge of Appalachia.
Click play below for the presentation on “outfalls” that CPWB President Matt Patrick did before the Falmouth Select Board last Monday the 7th of June, 2021. An outfall is what we call rain water runoff that flows from roads, untreated, directly into our rivers and estuaries.
Matt makes the case that Waquoit Bay along with the Quashnet and Childs Rivers receive the highest level of protection from the Commonwealth. Both rivers are rated A and Waquoit Bay is rated SA for marine water. The A designation means that the rivers at their source have clean, cool, spring fed waters that are ideal for the natural reproduction of native fish and shellfish. However, if a storm flushes polluted water into them an entire year’s worth of reproductive effort by trout, herring, alewives and eels can be destroyed.
There are no other rivers in Falmouth with the same distinction. We need to protect them. Call your Select people to respectfully let them know that it is important that they get the out falls fixed on the Quashnet and Childs Rivers. 508-495-7320.
Watch to find out more.
This Saturday, April 10, the voters in Wareham have the opportunity to stand up for the protection of clean drinking water, open space, and sea run brook trout called salters.
Please read this article by Trout Unlimited President Chris Wood and take a look at this action page or more information about the delicate area and what we can do to fight hostile zoning changes.