RIVER NEWS - June 2018


Event Reminder!

RIVER CLEAN-UP THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Judah Baker Windmill on River Street, South Yarmouth, MA.
All materials...bags, disposable gloves and cold water provided for all volunteers.

Coming?  Please RSVP by email:  bweiner@friendsofbassriver.org

A Note from FOBR Executive Director, Brian Weiner

Happy June Everyone!
As I prepare this newsletter update, we are coming off another signature, “New England roller coaster” weather weekend.
 If fate would have it that you were anywhere other than Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend, here’s what you missed:  After a beautiful Saturday start to the three-day weekend, where I found myself preparing my portion of the community garden for planting under flawless blue skies…the weather quickly devolved into a crazy cold Sunday and Memorial Day Monday that sent all but the hardiest vacationers off-Cape early.  I kept asking myself…was I really seeing down jackets on Memorial Day weekend?
Despite a cold start to the season, the good news is that summer really is only a few weeks away now, and the Friends of Bass River are coming off a busy and exciting month of May.
Not only was it my first full month with the organization, but we hosted a very successful Volunteer Event at Thirwood Place on May 9, and then “packed the house” at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod for Business After House on May 17. During the evening, the 100 or so attendees shared their thoughts on the impending Bass River Bridge reconstruction with representatives working for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  One key issue presented by many was a concern that the new bridge increase water flow within the constraints of the budget.  Members and attendees also reiterated the critical need to increase the size of the opening for boats use as well as maximize clearance on each approach to the bridge.  Members also shared their thoughts on dredging within the scope of the project.
Both events gave me a wonderful opportunity to introduce myself to our members and friends, and to listen to the dozens of reasons why so many love Bass River as much as you and me.
The month’s activities ended with a MassDOT Public Information Meeting on the Bass River Bridge Replacement Project held at the Dennis Police Department.

The goal for the meeting was to introduce the community to the Bass River Bridge Replacement Project, and the presentation featured key members of the project team led by HDR Engineering Inc.  HDR is in the early stages of developing the design for the replacement bridge, which is anticipated to cost just over $17 million.  Currently, the bridge is expected to increase in width to the full right of way.  It is anticipated that construction will begin in 2020, and will span two winter seasons, with completion targeted for 2022.  If you’d like to learn more about the project you can read the fact sheet here.

If you can't make one of our June events, then I hope to see you on the river!


Mobile Pump-outs are back

Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of free mobile pump-outs for all boaters on the Bass River.  Now, and continuing each Sunday through Labor Day, the Mobile Pump-out Boat will be stationed off Boaters (East) Beach and can either be waved down as it passes or contacted directly on Channel 66. Boaters may also schedule a pump-out on a Monday where their boat is moored and do not have to be present at the time - what could be easier?  Full details on scheduling a Monday mobile pump-out can be found here on our website.

Also, the Packet Landing pump-out station near the Route 28 bridge is now available seven days a week by contacting the Division of Natural Resources at 508-760-4800.

The marine waste pump-out station and pump-out boat are both free resources available to all boaters on Bass River to assist them in complying with the “No Discharge Zone” regulations. FOBR is grateful to partner with the team at the Yarmouth Division of Natural Resources to help clean up our river and protect it from unnecessary pollutants.

Learn more about clean boating and best practices for every boater here on our website and please, spread the word!

Upcoming June Events

Sunday, June 3rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
River Clean-Up Day – Judah Baker Windmill, River Street, South Yarmouth

Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“Meet the Bass River” Guided River Trip.  A great opportunity to see the challenges facing our river from the water.  (Details will be emailed to members next week!)

Saturday, June 30th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
June Summer “Friend Raiser” (Event location will be announced soon)


A Bass River Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 16 at The Cultural Center.

The meeting will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and wrap up by 5 p.m.

A number of safety issues will be addressed, among them:

1.  Road Safety/pedestrians/speed limit on Pleasant Street
2.  Clean-up of Bass River: Pesticides and Boat Discharge
3.  Fireworks, on both sides of the river
4.  The possible overnight closing of Windmill Park.

Both Police Chief Frederickson and Fire Department Lt. Armstrong will be with us to listen to concerns and to answer questions.
Want to join our mission and get a cool sticker in the process? Visit our website or email us to learn how!