Special Winter Appeal to Fortify The Spit:

Coastal areas across the region are taking a beating this Winter. SPB along with international environmental consultants at the Woods Hole Group (WHG), have been monitoring storms and measuring the damage to our beach and channels along Popponesset Bay.

Coastal geologists from WHG have now deemed portions of The Spit in “Critical Condition” and recommend that we immediately truck in 10,000 yards of sand in advance of any further potential storms. As a result, we have launched a special Winter Appeal to replenish and reinforce The Popponesset Spit (“The Spit”), the fragile barrier peninsula that defines and protects Popponesset and Ockway Bay, in advance of additional severe coastal storms.

We rely on The Spit to maintain navigable boating channels, a healthy bay ecosystem, improved water quality, and act as a critical shield against the ocean for hundreds of homes (including Popponesset, New Seabury, and Cotuit). The Spit is also a treasured wildlife reserve, home to several species of endangered coastal water birds that our non-profit organization, Save Popponesset Bay, Inc. (SPB), and Mass Audubon Society have worked diligently to protect — yet remains vulnerable.

We have a short and long term plan. Over the last two years, thanks to donors, we have made some progress with fortifying the dunes and expanding the beach. Unfortunately, 2015 Winter Storm Juno did a significant amount of damage to The Spit, and now there is an immediate need of sand replenishment.  Protection now will be far less costly than future repairs, in particular if we sustain another breech.

Your help for a tax deductible donation is needed now. The urgency of this short term work requires immediate funding of $250,000, of which SPB has raised $100,000 so far.  According to permits, work must be completed by March 31, in advance of wet sand dredging by Barnstable County. This is a critical window to help safeguard The Spit from upcoming winter storms as well as a potentially devastating fall hurricane season.

All funds raised in this “Winter Appeal” will go directly to purchase as much sand as possible to protect The Spit, and will help us make progress on our long term plan to sustain and protect our treasure for generations to come (please stay tuned!). Save Popponesset Bay is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Please indicate if your company will match your gift.

Thank you in advance for your interest and generosity in saving The Spit. Please feel free to contact us at if you have questions, feedback, or want to help.

Donate Online now using your credit card or PayPal account …

Or, snail mail any contributions to:

Save Popponesset Bay, Inc
P.O. Box 920757
Needham, MA 02492