2016 Fundraising Appeal
When Hurricane Matthew threatened to pound the Cape in October, Save Popponesset Bay jumped into action. Thanks to our summer fundraising, within days we were able to mobilize an emergency shipment of 2,000 cubic yards of sand to protect our most vulnerable areas; we focused our effort on the South side where we reinforced dunes and built up some of the lower areas on the Spit. Fortunately for us, the storm’s impact was limited to the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. coast, but we may not be as lucky next time. We will continue to make steady progress, but we know we are still one big storm away from potential disaster.
At this time of year of philanthropic giving, we hope you will consider making a meaningful tax-deductible donation to Save Popponesset Bay. We need your financial support today to accelerate completion of our capital project to secure the Spit from future storms, and protect our investment today in and around Popponesset Bay. We are asking for contributions now to raise $200,000 before year-end to stay on track to fund our stabilization efforts (described below) and to start to build toward the bigger project (deeper, wider channels) as soon as agencies approve.
Save Popponesset Bay now also accepts contributions of stock and matching corporate gifts in addition to donations via checks or Paypal. Our “SPB Leadership” campaign has grown with seven families making significant gifts and pledges. We are grateful that they recognize the value of this work and the impact we are making on our community, but we need everyone’s help to reach our goal. Your financial support to our all-volunteer 501c3 goes directly to preserving and improving the area we all love, our “happy place” as one contributor called it.
Why Contribute to SPB?
Save Popponesset Bay is run by a Board of volunteer neighbors from the Popponesset Bay area. So 100% of funds go directly to protecting and maintaining the Spit and improving the safety, water quality, and navigation in Popponesset Bay.
In 2016, we made significant progress in reinforcing the Sound side of the Spit where we have permits. With a combination of trucked and dredged sand, we added over 20,000 cubic yards to the Spit in 2016. We planted more dune grass to anchor the new sand. While additional sand has made the Spit stronger, it is still a fragile barrier beach protecting the homes on Popponesset Bay and Popponesset Creek. The Spit is in far better shape than it was in the winter of 2014, when it was deemed by Woods Hole Group to be in “critical condition.” Massachusetts Audubon tells us that more endangered birds than ever are using the Spit’s wildlife habitat for breeding and nesting the past two years. Over the past winters, we have worked with the Town to take more sand out of the channel leading to the Sound than ever before. And in contrast to years past, we heard no reports this year from boaters of shallow spots out to the Sound in areas where the Town has permits to dredge.
In 2014 SPB won an $180,000 grant to work with Woods Hole Group on our master plan to protect the Spit and to improve navigation in and around the Bay. We are thrilled to report that we completed that planning work and pending fundraising and regulatory permitting and approvals, we will begin implementation! Schematics of this work are included here, but we are happy to share with anyone more details from the report. Click here for our progress summary.
We will soon start the process of getting new permits to execute on the long-term plan of the coastal engineering firm, Woods Hole Group. The big plan calls for dredging 45,000 cubic yards from the channel leading to the Sound, plus a catch basin. The catch basin will serve as a rich source of sand, and also as a protector of the channel between annual dredges. We will pursue permits for a longer, wider, deeper channel alongside the catch basin. All of the sand dredged will be used to build up the Spit. It will all work together. The catch basin and channel provide sand for the Spit support and the deeper channels make for safer conditions for recreational boaters.
We hope you will make a meaningful contribution or pledge now to protect our investment and complete these projects.
Thank you for your continuing support!