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July 29 to August 5, 2010

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Leaf Bullet News
TurtleGalapagos Removed From Endangered List
The Galapagos Islands have been removed from the UNESCO list of sites endangered by environmental threats or overuse.

The island chain, about 620 miles off Ecuador's coast, is home to unique animal species that inspired Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution. Read more here.

Sweaty yet?First-of-Its-Kind Map Details the Height of the Globe's Forests
Using NASA satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world's forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method.

The work -- based on data collected by NASA's ICESat, Terra, and Aqua satellites -- should help scientists build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast that carbon cycles through ecosystems and back into the atmosphere. Read more here.

PytoplanktonThe Food Chain's Weak Link: Tiny Ocean Plants Dying
Microscopic plants in the ocean, called phytoplankton, are among the most important creatures on Earth and produce half of the planet's oxygen. But they are in trouble. A new study finds that since 1950, the amount of phytoplankton in the ocean's surface waters — the basis of the ocean's food web — has declined by 40 percent.

Biologist Boris Worm is noted for his studies showing that the world's fisheries are in sharp decline. Read more here.

Ten key indicators show global warming "undeniable"
Melting glaciers, more humid air and eight other key indicators show that global warming is undeniable, scientists said on Wednesday, citing a new comprehensive review of the last decade of climate data.

Without addressing why this is happening, the researchers said there was no doubt that every decade on Earth since the 1980s has been hotter than the previous one, and that the planet has been warming for the last half-century. Read more here.

KrugmanOpinion: Who Cooked the Planet?
Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor. I bet they’re still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010 — the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died — the hottest such stretch on record.

Of course, you can’t infer trends in global temperatures from one year’s experience. But ignoring that fact has long been one of the favorite tricks of climate-change deniers: they point to an unusually warm year in the past, and say “See, the planet has been cooling, not warming, since 1998!” Read more here.

OIL On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay
The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the government should scale back its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The immense patches of surface oil that covered thousands of square miles of the gulf after the April 20 oil rig explosion are largely gone, though sightings of tar balls and emulsified oil continue here and there. Read more here.

OIL BP aims for quick well kill; weighs asset sales
BP Plc may permanently shut the well that caused the worst off-shore oil spill in U.S. history as early as Monday, the company said as speculation grew over assets it might sell to cover mounting costs.

Incoming BP chief executive, Bob Dudley, said on Wednesday the company would stay involved with the cleanup process in the Gulf of Mexico long after the leaking well was plugged and expressed optimism the damaged environment would recover. Read more here.

CultureDaring to Pose a Challenge to the Oil Culture
DULAC, La. — In this region so threatened by the BP oil spill, it has often seemed to residents that the only thing worse than losing tens of thousands of seafood industry jobs would be to lose their other major job source: the oil industry.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, has called the Obama administration's moratorium on offshore drilling "a second man-made disaster"; fishermen mourn the destruction of their way of life and defend Big Oil in the same breath; environmentalists call for restoring the battered coastline, not changing the national energy policy. Read more here.

OysterWhere Oysters Grew on Trees
NOT long after the first European explorers encountered the Gulf of Mexico, word filtered back to the Continent that along this warm, exotic coastline, oysters grew on trees.

This caught the European imagination. Imagine a place so abundant that the oysters grow on trees! There was even a kernel of truth to it: the trees in question were mangroves, and in Florida oysters indeed did grow on their roots in the tidal zone. More often, the oysters thrived at the margins of the seemingly limitless marshes that stretched to the horizon, perched between sea and sky. Read more here.

Jets U.S. Navy Soars into Solar Energy Future to the Tune of $100 Million
The U.S. Navy is getting serious about solar energy and has just awarded five contracts worth up to $100 million for the design, installation and management of solar arrays at Navy and Marine Corps facilities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. This is by no means the first foray into solar power for the Navy, which was installing solar arrays at least as far back as 2002 and recently installed a solar roof at Pearl Harbor, but it does indicate a significant ramping up in terms of pace and scale. Read more here.

ExtractionE.P.A. Considers Risks of Gas Extraction
The streams of people came to the public meeting here armed with stories of yellowed and foul-smelling well water, deformed livestock, poisoned fish and itchy skin. One resident invoked the 1968 zombie thriller "Night of the Living Dead," which, as it happens, was filmed just an hour away from this southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.

The culprit, these people argued, was hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas that involves blasting underground rock with a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals. Read more here.

Not Soylent, algae Exploring Algae as Fuel
SAN DIEGO — In a laboratory where almost all the test tubes look green, the tools of modern biotechnology are being applied to lowly pond scum.

Foreign genes are being spliced into algae and native genes are being tweaked.

Different strains of algae are pitted against one another in survival-of-the-fittest contests in an effort to accelerate the evolution of fast-growing, hardy strains. Read more here.

Wind Wind Drives Growing Use of Batteries
The rapid growth of wind farms, whose output is hard to schedule reliably or even predict, has the nation's electricity providers scrambling to develop energy storage to ensure stability and improve profits.

As the wind installations multiply, companies have found themselves dumping energy late at night, adjusting the blades so they do not catch the wind, because there is no demand for the power. Read more here.

Ships Atop New Bedford building, garden makes green statement
NEW BEDFORD — The Hanging Gardens of Babylon it's not. But the new roof garden of the Buzzards Bay Coalition is making a very different statement 2,600 years after King Nebuchadnezzar tried to lift the spirits of his homesick Persian wife through rooftop cultivation.

This time around, it's a green statement, explained coalition director Mark Rasmussen. It is going to help with everything: storm runoff, oxygen-generating green space downtown, climate control in the building, and, with the solar arrays, sustainable electricity generation. Read more here.

Updated Massachusetts Bottle Bill Action
Lawmakers seek bottle law compromise to include water drinks
State lawmakers are hashing out a compromise that for the first time since the landmark bottle law took effect three decades ago could expand the nickel deposit to include bottled water, among the most common drinks sold and most prevalent sources of litter.

Expansion of the law would represent a sea change for state lawmakers, whose bills have died each time before getting a committee vote for the past 15 years.Read more here.
   Editorial: Broader bottle bill, less litter
EXPANDING THE Massachusetts bottle bill will discourage litter, and not just on local roadsides. Researchers at the Woods Hole-based Sea Education Association have discovered plastic debris floating in the middle of the Atlantic and resting on the ocean floor. That's one more reason to pass the bottle bill expansion approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday. The bill would extend the five-cent deposit requirement from beer and carbonated beverages to bottled water and sports drinks. The full Senate and House should approve the measure quickly. Read more here.

ShipsMarine scientists guide scallop boats away from at-risk flounder
Goal is to protect the dwindling yellowtail flounder population without hurting the scallop fishermen.

UMass Dartmouth scientists successfully implemented a strategy to protect the dwindling yellowtail flounder population without burdening the scallopers.

Scallops, one of the best-managed fisheries in the U.S., produce about $400 million per year at dock-side prices along the East Coast, including $200 million in New Bedford. Several times over the past five years, however, scallopers from New Bedford and other ports were forced to prematurely halt their pursuit of scallops because they exceeded their allocation of yellowtail flounder, a species that is over-fished. This created an economic hardship for hundreds of families. Read more here.

Pond Linking cities and eras
As the Longfellow Bridge overhaul nears, the question remains: How to balance the needs of cars, trains, bikers, and walkers

The Longfellow Bridge spans the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge with a mix of grace and heft. Below its heavily trafficked deck, a dozen granite piers alternate with 11 sets of steel arches that bound across the water like a skipped stone. Above, the bridge is adorned with four neoclassical towers that resemble salt and pepper shakers. Read more here.

Trek Brown grass part of UMass Dartmouth's plan, pilot for sustainable landscapes
Excuse the appearances at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, but it's the dead of summer and the grass on much of the school's 700-acre main campus is brown right now.

Not exactly aesthetically pleasing, but UMass Dartmouth officials don't mind. Brown grass is actually part of their green plan.

UMass Dartmouth has been named one of more than 150 sites around the country and in Canada, Iceland and Spain that will participate in a pilot program to develop a rating system for sustainable landscaping design. Read more here (PDF).

Wind R.I., Mass. to work together on offshore wind power
Rhode Island and Massachusetts will coordinate the development of offshore wind power in an area of ocean waters off the coast of the two states, according to an agreement signed Monday.

The so-called area of mutual interest covers 400 square miles of federal waters in Rhode Island Sound located directly south of Sakonnet Point between Block Island to the west and Martha’s Vineyard to the northeast. Neither state has made a legal claim to the waters, but both are interested in taking advantage of the area’s offshore wind potential. Read more here.

Settlement near in class-action suit over '03 oil spill
A class-action lawsuit brought by property owners against Bouchard Transportation Co. over the 2003 Buzzards Bay oil spill could be settled for $11.5 million.

The plaintiffs and the Long Island-based oil barging company have agreed to a proposed settlement to compensate damage to waterfront property, according to Jason Adkins, the plaintiffs' attorney. Read more here.

Wineries Kit car entrepreneur sees the future — and it looks green
In a rather disheveled concrete-floored warehouse in Wareham, Mark Smith is building what you might call the ultimate hybrid vehicle: part stock Volkswagen Jetta, part fiberglass-bodied Ferrari. Smith is handling the design and engineering, but he's getting plenty of input from a community of car buffs, most of them prospective customers on the Facebook page for his company, Smyth Performance Inc.

His G3F sports car will have a top speed of about 140 miles per hour, Smith says, but will be capable of wringing up to 60 miles of highway driving from a gallon of diesel fuel (or 100 percent biodiesel). Read more here.

Digton In midst of river cleanup, supporters are divided
LENOX, Mass. – Once a dumping ground for chemicals, a stretch of the Housatonic River that winds near this Berkshires hamlet is being scoured in a lengthy, expensive cleanup. Now, dredging other parts of the riverbed is under consideration, but the fishers, bird watchers and swimmers who would benefit are wondering how much effort is too much.

General Electric Co. used compounds called PCBs, now known to cause cancer, in producing transformers from 1932 to 1977 at its 254-acre plant in Pittsfield, Mass. Under a federal consent decree about two decades after it stopped, the company began cleaning up PCBs that had spewed for years into a residential neighborhood and a 2-mile stretch of the Housatonic. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

New Bedford PCBs meeting

July 29, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m., 3rd floor room at the main library in New Bedford.
The EPA is considering altering and significantly reducing the PCB cleanup plan in the Acushnet River. They want to bury PCB's in the harbor instead of hauling them away. They want to bury 300,000 cubic yards (2,700,000 cubic feet) of sediment: 15,000 lbs of PCBs. Details here.

Swim Buzzards Bay

July 31, 8:15 AM, Davey's Locker in New Bedford
The Swim is a 1.2 mile open-water swim through outer New Bedford Harbor from Davy's Locker in New Bedford to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. Each year, hundreds of swimmers ages 12 and up plunge into Buzzards Bay and prove that the Swim is for every age, shape, size, ability, and fitness level. The course through warm water draws serious competitors, first-timers, families, teams, and everyone in between. Please pre-register. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

July 31, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
Members: $45 Non-Members: $55. Pre-registration required. Limit: 8 Suitable for ages 14 and older. Meeting place: Lloyd Center Headquarters The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

The Barn Dance for 2010

July 31
Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust for its 6th Annual Barn Dance! Dinner prepared by local businesses and volunteers. Dancing to the music of Eight to the Bar. $45.00 per person. Tickets available at Country Woolens, 842 Main Road in Westport. Advance sales only; no tickets at the door. Call 508-636-9228 or email to jlynch@westportlandtrust.org for more information or to be a Barn Dance volunteer!

Screening of the Documentary "Fresh."

August 1, 8:00 pm, Everyman Bistro, at the American Locomotive Works, 311 Iron Horse Way, Providence.
The 72-minute documentary celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for our food and planet's future. Details here.

Planning the future of transportation

August 4, 4:00pm to 7:00pm SRPEDD Office 88 Broadway, Taunton
SRPEDD is holding two open houses to promote the update of our Regional Transportation Plan. Topics include Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and Freight Movement. Details here (PDF).

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street One Sleepover at a Time.

August 5, 7 PM, The Apponagansett Meeting House
Peter Lovenheim had lived on the same street in suburban Rochester, New York much of his life. But it was only after a brutal murder-suicide rocked the neighborhood that he was struck by a fact of modern life in contemporary American communities: No one really knew anyone else. Thus began Peter's search to meet and get to know his neighbors. Being inquisitive, he did more than just introduce himself. He asked, ever so politely, if he could sleep over.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Cooking Night with Sonol and Victor

August 7, 6:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Join us for a night of international cuisine featuring Kettle Pond Farm produce! Sonol, a friend of the farm, will demonstrate the preparation of Indian-style dishes, and Victor, a current KPF intern, will share with us how to make some of his traditional French favorites. Details here.

Birding On Monomoy Island

August 8, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot, Route 6, Dartmouth
Enjoy a day of birding on Monomoy Island, Massachusetts’ National Wildlife Refuge! Most migrating shorebirds which travel the Atlantic “flyway” stop over on Monomoy, making it one of our area’s greatest birding sites. You may see Godwits,Whimbrels, Dowitchers, Glossy Ibises, Oyster-catchers, Black Skimmers, Roseate Terns and many more. Transportation provided. Details here.

Eco-Shamanism and Global Economics: A Lecture by World Traveler, Author, and Economist, John Perkins

August 8, 5 to 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Memorial Church Parish House in Fairhaven (directions)
Admission free Light refreshments will be served In cooperation with the Sustainability Office of UMass Dartmouth, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Shape Shifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation, and many other books, will speak Global Economics and Eco-shamanism. Details here.

Noted Global Sustainability Leader to Speak in New Bedford: "BP and Other Robber Barons: We Reject Your Apology; We Demand Change"

August 9, 7:00 p.m. (reception at 6:15p.m.), Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Come listen to sustainability advocate, global economist, and renowned author John Perkins speak about the most pressing issues of our times: preserving the natural world and shunning the kinds of unchecked capitalism that trades humanitarian and environmental ruin for ruthless financial gain. Perkins speaks out about the British Petroleum's Gulf oil spill and how it is an indicator of how unsustainable our unrelenting pursuit of oil is today. It is a wakeup call that we are finally hearing because it is close to home, though other peoples around the globe have experienced similar devastation for the sake of fossil fuel and oil industry profits.

Meet John Perkins and hear him speak about how his vision of "a new priority: a sustainable and just economy" can take shape and requires the thoughtful actions of every individual. Perkins will speak at the New Bedford Oceanarium on August 9 at 7p.m. Admission is free, though pre-registration is requested so that maximum number of attendees can be estimated. This event is hosted by the University of Massachusetts Office of Campus and Community Sustainability. For more information, and to save your seat, call 508-910-6484. Details here.

Invasive Species Update

August 12, 6:30PM, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Join Alexandra Echandi, Forestry Assistant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to hear about invasive species that are on the move in our state. You'll learn about the headline-making Asian longhorn beetle and a newcomer, the mile-a-minute vine. We will have samples of some of the invasives, including some from in and around New Bedford.

This talk is suitable for families with older children (12+) and will be of particular interest to hunters, fishermen, bird watchers, dog walkers, gardeners and anyone else who enjoys the natural regions of our area.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 13-15, Amherst, MA
Dartmouth's Brix Bounty Farm will be joining a great array of workshop presenters on the nutrient density track, with a Saturday afternoon workshop presentation "A Farmers Report Along the Path to High Brix". They highly recommend the conference as a terrific learning opportunity, a great way to meet organic minded gardeners, farmers and consumers from the Northeast. They also have a popular children's' and teen program. Details here.

Make Your Own Berry Basket

August 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00PM, Kettle Pond Farm in Berkeley (directions)
Learn beginning basketmaking with Sharon of Hilltop Gardens by making a berry basket from start to finish! A light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required. All materials, lesson and lunch provided for $30.00. Details here.

2010 WRWA Summer Gala

August 14, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fitton Farm, Westport
The 2010 Summer Gala and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, August 14th from 5-8 P.M. The theme for the event is "River Revelry" and will be held at Fitton Farm at 564 River Road in Westport, MA. Details here.

Oak-Holly Forest Hike

August 15, 1 - 3PM, Cornell Farm, Dartmouth (directions)
The rare oak-holly forest is found in abundance at the newly opened Cornell Farm. Join naturalist Garry Plunkett to explore and learn about this unique habitat along the Little River. Details here.

Planning the future of transportation

August 17, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Lawler Library (at Buttonwood) 745 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford
SRPEDD is holding two open houses to promote the update of our Regional Transportation Plan. Topics include Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and Freight Movement. Details here (PDF).

Slocum River Kayak Tour

August 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center, Dartmouth
Members: $45 Non-Members: $55. Pre-registration required. Limit: 8 Suitable for ages 14 and older. Meeting place: Lloyd Center Headquarters The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Dune Hike

August 19, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. , Cherry and Webb Conservation Area (Town Beach) - Westport
The last time you were at the beach did you stop to take a closer look at the dune system behind you? This hearty ecosystem is home to many different plants and animals; however it is sensitive to human impact. Come explore the stretch of dunes at Cherry & Webb Beach and learn about the diverse characteristics of a dune system. See the different specialized plants and animals that have the ability to survive in this ecosystem. Learn how dune systems form and are a critical part of the barrier beaches that protect the mainland from strong storms. Discover the ecology of the dunes and learn about the history of the dunes in Westport. To register for this dune hike or for more information call the WRWA office at (508)636-3016. Please let us know if you do not have a beach pass since you need one to park at Cherry & Webb. Costs are $5 for non-members and free for members. Details here.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

August 19, 7:00 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, MA
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Email: info@greenfutures.org. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

August 19, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. , Lloyd Center Headquarters
What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shorebirds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Details here.

Seining For Subtropicals

August 21, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Members: $20 Non-Members: $25
Pre-registration required
Leader: Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director Join Mark on a short canoe paddle from Tripp's boatyard to the edge of the eelgrass beds at the mouth of the Westport River. You will be using a seine (special kind of fishing net) to try to nab seahorses, jacks (a perch-like marine fish), groupers and other southern species that enter our waters in late summer. Plan on getting wet (including your shoes, shells can be sharp, so no bare feet!) Bring a lunch and sun protection. Details here.

Family Concert

August 21, 6 - 8PM, Westport Town Farm (directions)
The South Coast Chamber Music Society will perform compositions that celebrate open spaces and natural settings. Bring your own picnic supper, chairs, blankets and flashlights.

This concert is supported by the Westport Cultural Society through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America. Details here.

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust's 2010 "Barn Bash" Square Dance

August 28, 6:00pm-10:30pm, at the Sylvan Nursery Barn 253 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth
Please join DNRT and its local supporters for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and lively square-dancing to benefit land conservation in Dartmouth. Food by Morton's Fork Catering. Dancing to the calling of Linda Leslie & the music of "Three Cats and a Dog". Details here.

Kayak the Westport River

August 29, 9AM - 1PM, Osprey Sea Kayaks, 489 Old County Rd, Westport, MA
Paddle north from The Let to Spectacle Island, viewing protected properties along the way. Bring water, sun block and water shoes. Please pre-register. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Organic Agriculture certificate courses open for September
Bristol Community College (BCC) announces the opening of registration for its Organic Agriculture program with courses leading to a 29-credit certificate in organic agriculture. Courses are offered in the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. Organic Farming Practices I is the first of a two-semester course sequence focusing on soils and raising crops organically. Other courses include plant biology, water management, and sociology of food, famine, & farming. Additional courses planned for the Spring semester (2011) include Natural Beekeeping. Upon completing the coursework students can do an on-farm practicum with local farms to apply the theory learned in the classroom. The certificate will provide graduates with the skills to strengthen their farming/gardening capabilities as producers, consultants, or employees of the regionally developing small-scale agriculture sector. BCC is an open enrollment college and students are invited to enroll in the program or to take single courses to meet their own needs.

Details about the program and course descriptions are online, or email Dr. Jim Corven at james.corven@bristolcc.edu
Summer and Fall Sustainability Courses
We are pleased to announce our summer and fall sustainability courses, including several online-only courses for those hot summer months. See the course list here.
Farmer's Markets!
With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of farmer's markets! Support local growers, raisers, craftspeople, and other businesses at your local farmer's markets this summer. See the local list here.
The Marion Institute seeks an Executive Assistant
We are looking for a motivated, responsible and creative change-maker able to work on a number of exciting projects. The majority of time will be spent assisting me and a portion of time will be split between two programs: the Travel Initiative and Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference. For more details or to apply please visit here.
Sharing the Harvest Volunteers Needed
In the Dartmouth YMCA's Sharing the Harvest July newsletter they have put out a call for volunteers to help them bring in the harvests for 2010. It's a great way to get your hands dirty, pitching in to help grow food for the Hunger Commission of SE Massachusetts and community members in need. They have volunteer drop in hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9AM-Noon and Thursdays 2:30PM-5PM. For more information just stop by the Dartmouth YMCA or call their volunteer coordinator, Donna at 508-993-3361 x13 or email: sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org.
Westport River EcoTours
Eco-tours of the Westport River are available on Thursdays and Fridays until Labor Day Weekend. There will be a tour at 10 AM to noon and another from 1PM to 3PM on Thursdays and Fridays. If none of those time work for you, give us a call and we will see if we can find another time during the week to take you on a journey down the river. There is a limit of four people per tour, and children under the age of 13 must wear a life preserver at all times. It is $25 per person for WRWA members, and $35 non-members. Please call our office at (508)636-3016 to book a tour. If you are paying with a credit card please give us your information when you reserve your tour – your card will not be charged until after the tour. The boat leaves from Dock D-Slip 1 from F.L. Tripps on Cherry & Webb Lane, so please meet us there at least ten minutes before departure time. Learn more.

Bioneers Early-Bird Registration Ends August 1

Register before August 1st and receive over 50% off regular admission. This year's conference features Keynote Speakers: Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, Annie Leonard, Van Jones and many more. Register here, or learn more about Bioneers here.

Bioneers Seeking Volunteers

Volunteering at Bioneers by the Bay is a wonderful and economical way to experience the conference as well as a tremendous opportunity to help a great cause. We will give you a one-day pass in exchange for your full-day volunteer shift. Details here.

Lloyd Center Seeking Director of Development

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a highly regarded research and educational organization, headquartered in Dartmouth Massachusetts, seeks an experienced Director of Development to work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in developing and executing an aggressive fundraising strategy. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Unsung environmental heroes - random acts of green
When a movie star goes green, it makes headlines. The green movement also has its share of home-grown heroes; people you see mentioned each week on environmentally themed sites. It's great stuff as it inspires many people. Learn more here.

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