RIVER NEWS - October 2017



Autumn has definitely arrived on the Bass River! The Tupelo trees have turned to a deep red, the stripers are on the move and traffic is starting to ease. Many of you may bethinking of putting the boat to bed and some may have already. The dominance of pumpkin spice lattes and harvest festivals signal that the warmth of summer is over.

What is not over is FOBR's work! In the past several weeks, we have hosted two major events and planning is already underway for Spring 2018. While we have had an overwhelming response from the community, we still need your help to continue building momSentum.  

You may have recently received our membership appeal in the mail.   If not, you can join us by CLICKING HERE.   Community support is needed to effect the changes required and even a small donation makes a huge difference. Your support goes directly towards the rescue mission to save the Bass River from its dangerous decline. We appreciate your support!

Coastsweep Bass River - A Huge Success!

FOBR partnered with the Town of Yarmouth conservation department to host Coastsweep on September 23rd.  While the weather was not perfect, we had 25 hearty souls come outto help clean up the river and our beaches. Here are some of the totals of what was collected:

•    Thousands of cigarette butts
•    Hundreds of food wrappers and takeout containers
•    298 yards of fishing line
•    89 plastic shopping bags
•    300 beverage bottles
We also found some odd things, including discarded clothing, a hand bilge pump and a striper rack all the way up by the Mill Pond.  

Some may feel discouraged by all the trash left behind, but the fact that we had so many dedicated people come out to clean up on a wet a dreary day shows we can make a difference.  More cleanup events to come! 

"State of the River" Volunteer Summit Recap

We had a nice sized group come out on October 4th to hear about the river’s challenges and what volunteer opportunities are available. Members of the local media were also in attendance. Our director, Ryan Mann, gave a lively presentation, including a brief history on how the river was geologically formed, what its ecological significance is, and what can be done by all of us to change its current ecological decline. We ended the evening with attendees signing up to help with four specific projects.

River Watchers:  Expected to be launched next spring, FOBR is now recruiting community members to assist the Town in collecting  data from May through September.

Administration:  FOBR needs help organizing files, inputting data, website work, and more.

Events: Organizing a public gathering of any size takes more than a few hands.  From planning and distributing flyers to  helping with setup and break down, many hands make light work.

Photos:  Inspiring others to join the mission is a major part of our small organization.  Lending pictures to FOBR to help tell the story is a powerful and easy way to help us.  Please email your pictures to friends@friendsofbassriver.org.

Capecod.com did a wonderful job of recapping the event and we thank them for helping us spread the word! Their report can be found by CLICKING HERE.

You can also view the whole presentation that was broadcasted live via Facebook by CLICKING HERE.

Rail Bridge Update

The state's contractors have finished removing the former railroad bridge abutments and the final widening of the channel is complete. Boaters are already reporting substantial current reduction while going under the bridge and an increase in the current to the south. This increased flow should help almost double the tidal flushing from the upper parts of the river. We will keep you posted as they progress.