Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's current programs are designed to Restore and Protect Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, and Share and Reconnect all Bostonians, the region's residents, and especially underserved youth and teens and low-income families to the harbor, waterfront, beaches and islands we have worked so hard to restore and protect.
Restore and Protect
Thanks to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay 's tenacious and effective advocacy, 43 cities and towns have ended the daily discharge of more than 250 million gallons of untreated sewage into Boston Harbor.
Working together with the region's residents, other advocates and opinion leaders, and our many allies in government, the business community and the media, we have revitalized Boston's waterfront neighborhoods, strengthened our region's beachfront communities, restored our region's public beaches, and created the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.
However, despite the many successes of the Boston Harbor cleanup, 3 out of 9 of the Boston Harbor region’s public beaches continue to face frequent closures due to persistent pollution problems caused by storm water and old infrastructure, which we are committed to help them address.
Today our environmental policy and advocacy efforts focus on the health of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, and improving management, maintenance, water quality and beach flagging accuracy on the Boston Harbor region’s public beaches. We are also working to address the next generation of pollution problems and policy challenges that still prevent the public from fully enjoying the benefits of their $4.5 billion investment in the Boston Harbor cleanup.
Today, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay leads a number of iniatives designed to restore and protect Boston Harbor and Massachusetss Bay, which include
The Metropolitan Beaches Commission, which we lead and manae for the Massachusetts Legislature. The MBC is charged with making findings and recommendations on how to improve the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quncy and Hull. Learn more about the Metropolitan Beaches Commission
Our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, a panel of independent experts and scientists co-chaired by Save the Harbor board members Dr. Judith Pederson of MIT Sea Grant and Dr. James Shine of the Harvard School of Public Health. Each year our BSAC issues a report card on water quality and flagging accuracy on the Boston Harbor Region’s urban beaches. Learn more about the Boston Harbor Region's Urban Beaches Report Card