Save the Harbor

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit, public interest Boston Harbor advocacy organization made up of thousands of citizens as well as civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders and scientists. As the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, our mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission 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, Quincy and Hull.
  • Convenes the 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. The BSAC increases our understanding of our marine environment and improves water quality and beach flagging accuracy in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and on our public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore. 
  • Hosts or sponsors more than 70 free events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant on the South Shore to Nantasket on the North Shore. Since 2008, our Better Beaches program has raised and invested more than $409,000 in small grants to beaches friends groups, which they have leveraged with additional funds and in-kind support for a total investment of $1,872,333 to support 284 free events and programs. 
  • Serves as the Boston Harbor Connection for more than 130,000 underserved youth, teens and their families who have taken part in our free youth environmental education programs since we began them in 2002. These include All Access Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Explorers, and our free Marine Mammal Safaris and Treasures of Spectacle Island Cruises.

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