RIVER NEWS - December 2017


"Give thanks for the river" event

A big thank you to all who attended our November 24th “Give Thanks for the River” event at Thirwood Place, featuring special guest and Bass River native, NECN Meteorologist Tim Kelley. Meeting our neighbors, fellow river lovers (and a few River Rats) over delicious food and drinks was a terrific way to reflect on all we are thankful for and wrap up the Thanksgiving week. Tim reminisced about bountiful river scalloping and entertained us with stories of growing up on Follins Pond, the Blizzard of 78 (who remembers that the temperature on Bass River rose to 50 degrees on February 5th?) and tales of neighbors helping neighbors through Hurricane Bob. We are thrilled to have Tim on our team as we fight to save Bass River. Thank you to AJ Luke of Luke's Liquors and Thirwood Place for co-sponsoring this memorable event. See a clip of Tim’s lively talk and more pictures from this wonderful evening. Want to be a part of our next gathering? Become a Member! 


If you have been out and about on the lower river lately you may have seen the familiar Codfish dredger in place. Special dredging projects for Bass River Park, Packet Landing and Marsh Island, along with routine maintenance on the approach channel are on schedule according to Barnstable County dredge superintendent Wayne Jaedtke. Hydraulic and computer issues with the County’s newest equipment (recently named the “Sand Shifter”) put the timetable for the eleven fiscal year 2018 projects in jeopardy, but the critical nature of the Bass River projects made them a priority and they are currently on track using the older dredge. These overdue projects are vital and will significantly help with flushing on the lower river.


Planning continues on the $17.25M Route 28 Bridge replacement scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020. Later this month Friends of Bass River will meet with the Mass DOT project manager and town officials to learn more about the scope of the project and potential impacts the new bridge may have on tidal flow. Our hope is that by collaborating in the earliest stages of the project we can help influence a positive outcome for the health of the lower river. Stay tuned for updates.