Save Popponesset Bay, an all-volunteer, 501 (c) 3 organization, works diligently to keep the waterways in and around Popponesset Bay safe and navigable and to protect the wildlife reserve on the Popponesset Spit for generations to come. The threats to this pristine and wonderful location are varied, numerous, and significant.

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The Spit makes front page news!

The Spit makes front page news!

enterprisemasthead2This week SPB made headlines in the Cape Cod Enterprise! Fourth graders from Quashnet pay a field trip to the Spit and learn from SPB, Woods Hole Group and Audubon all of the environmental benefits of our restoration project!

Quashnet Field Trip

Quashnet Students Hit The Spit  

Standing on the beach at Popponesset Spit, long patches of freshly planted beach grass stand tall almost as far as the eye can see. The sand dunes are replenished and the beach is restored with sand, and on a windy-but-sunny Wednesday morning in June, 4th graders at Quashnet Elementary School are taking it all in. Read More >>


Save the Spit… Progress to Date!

It is hard to believe that Spring has come, yet we recently watched another 2 inches of snow settle on our newly reconstructed “Spit!” A huge thank you to all of our donors whose generosity and quick response to “Save our Spit!” In all, we have raised more than $200,000 for sand and beach grass in time to fortify some of its most vulnerable areas! 

We are beginning an incredible transformation to our beautiful beach and wildlife preserve and we are excited to share with you our progress to date. Check out our amazing photos! This is the most sensitive phase of our winter reconstruction in which we begin planting beach grass which stabilizes the dunes and catches wind-blown sand from going into the Bay. The beach grass is very expensive, very fragile, and will die if trampled upon.  Please help us to ensure people STAY OFF THE DUNES! Please help us protect our investment!

Our winter work is not done and our window is closing!We still need another $50,000 to secure our investment in the dunes with beach grass and fencing, as well as dredged sand to help rebuild our beach before our permits expire. Can you please help us reach our goal with a tax-deductible donation today? 

As you can see, donors are making a visible difference towards our goal of Saving the Spit (please see below)!


BEFORE: March 3, 2015

Winter storms devastated The Spit. SPB launched its first ever Winter Appeal.



SPB deployed over 5,500 cubic yards of sand!


RECONSTRUCTION: March 13, 2015
Coastal geologists at Woods Hole Group ensured that our sand was targeted to the most vulnerable areas of The Spit. 


RECONSTRUCTION: March 17, 2015

Dunes were carefully sculpted to ensure maximum protection and aesthetics to blend into the natural landscape.



In addition to The Spit, we have been concerned that the extreme weather that may put this year’s channel dredging in jeopardy. We hear that freezing temperatures, ice, and wind may cause delays past the hard deadline allowed by Federal and State law. We are in close contact with the Town (which oversees dredging) and we are doing everything we can to assess and mitigate the potential impact on boating safety and navigation. Please sign up for e-updates at to stay informed!  


Please SAVE THE DATE: July 10, 2015 to learn more about our future plans to ensure The Spit and Popponesset Bay are sustainable for generations to come! Save Popponesset Bay is 100% funded by donors and staffed by neighborhood volunteers. Please feel free to contact us at if you have questions, feedback, or want to help!

Spit in Critical Condition: Spurs Winter Appeal

Spit in Critical Condition: Spurs Winter Appeal

Coastal geologists from Woods Hole Group have deemed portions of the Popponesset Spit in critical condition. Donations are requested for a special Winter Appeal to help fortify the fragile peninsula in advance of additional severe coastal storms…  Read more…


Poppy Spit Takes Another Hit But Remains Resilient

Poppy Spit Takes Another Hit But Remains Resilient

Five days of no school, icy roads, blind intersections from large snow banks, and canceled selectmen’s and other town meetings are not the only outcomes of the recent winter storms. Popponesset Spit, which has long been a spot of preservation efforts, took a blow. Read more…

Grant Awarded For Popponesset Spit Plan

Grant Awarded For Popponesset Spit Plan

MASHPEE – A group trying to restore and stabilize Popponesset Spit after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 has received a grant to help that process.

The state office of Coastal Zone Management has awarded over $194,000 to the group Save Popponesset Bay to design a strategy to protect the spit from erosion. Read more…

Nonprofit group wins state grant to rebuild Popponesset Spit

Nonprofit group wins state grant to rebuild Popponesset Spit

Save Popponesset Bay is teaming up with the town of Mashpee and Massachusetts Audubon Society to find a way to rebuild and maintain the 1-mile strip of sand. Read more…

SPB wins $194K grant!

SPB wins $194K grant!

Great news! The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management has awarded $194,188 grant to Save Popponesset Bay (SPB). The grant is conditional that we quickly raise $80,000 as our matching part of the funding. The total grant will allow SPB  to continue the planning, development and permitting of the rebuilding of The Spit.

Save the Date — Friday night, July 10, 2015 at the Popponesset Inn




Summer 2015 Dinner
Friday, July 10, 2015

see photos from the 2014 dinner here


Woods Hole Group Presentation

Woods Hole Group Presentation


Spit Restoration Project

Spit Restoration Project

As you know from our SPB dinner this summer, we have been focused on developing a strategy and plan to deal with the erosion of the Spit since Tropical Storm Sandy forcefully showed us how fragile it is. We hired Woods Hole Group, an internationally known coastal engineering firm headquartered in Falmouth MA, to analyze the situation and present us with alternatives. Those of you who attended the dinner, or walk the spit, know the situation needs immediate attention if the Spit is to survive, not just long-term, but even through the next severe weather event.

You may have seen in the Mashpee Enterprise that the Town of Mashpee and Mass Audubon are supporting our application for a grant from MA Coastal Zone Management (“CZM”) to help us with planning and permitting a large-scale, multi-year reinforcement and re-build of the Spit. John Malloy and Eric Petersen worked closely with Woods Hole Group to prepare the grant application and were instrumental in getting the endorsements of the Town of Mashpee and Mass Audubon. The total expected cost for planning and permitting is $277,000. We are asking CZM for a grant of 70% of that amount. If we get the grant, we will be responsible for the balance of $83,000 over 12-18 months.

The Spit restoration plan calls for a multi-year dredging projectwith dune and beach reconstruction along the entire Spit. Sand will be supplied from the boating channels whenever possible. Long term sand sources will be evaluated as part of the next phase of the project. The project would significantly expand the size of the Spit and greatly improve its chances of survival in the face of rising sea levels and storms. We estimate the total cost (including the planning and permitting) to exceed $1.5 million. The Popponesset Bay and Spit are vital elements of the quality of life, endangered species habitat, and recreation all contributing to the value of property in Mashpee, New Seabury and Popponesset Island. If the Spit continues its current trend of weakening, the impact will be harsh.

We expect to hear soon from the CZM regarding the status of our grant application. Moving forward, we plan to spread our contribution base as wide as possible to help move this critical project forward.

While we wait to hear from CZM, we continue to work with Woods Hole Group to ensure the spit is healthy enough to survive the upcoming winter storm season. They have strongly recommended that we place several thousand yards of sand on the spit in key locations to prevent significant additional damage from occurring this winter. SPB does not have adequate funds available for this effort and will be sending a letter shortly to our supporters seeking additional donations by year end to support this critical effort. Sand placed on the spit this winter should ultimately reduce the cost of the larger reconstruction project.