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August 5 to 12, 2010

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Global, national, and local news

This week:

Noted Environmentalist John Perkins on BP

Invasive Species Update

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WRWA Summer Gala

NOFA Summer Conference

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Announcements:

Organic Agriculture

Farmer's markets!

Weekly Green Tip:

5 Ways to Celebrate National Farmer's Market Week

Clip of the Week

The Story of Cosmetics
A disturbing view into what's actually in our personal care products
Annie Leonard

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Leaf Bullet News
Global
Oil Dalian oil spill is all cleaned up
The Chinese government this week announced the oil spill is all cleaned up in Dalian harbor, off the north coast of Liaoning province in China.

That was fast.

Not even two weeks ago, on July 17, a blast hit two oil pipelines and spread an estimated 1,500 metric tons of crude oil (462,000 gallons) into the Yellow Sea. (Update: Greenpeace on July 30 said as many as 60,000 metric tons could have been spilled.) Read more here.

RussiaFrom Fires to Fish, Heat Wave Batters Russia
This is a country that knows how to handle the cold, swaggering about during the most brutal of winters. But the heat is another story. And there has never been heat like this.

Here is how extreme it has become: Oymyakon in Eastern Siberia is considered one of the coldest places on Earth, with winter temperatures dropping to as low as minus 90 degrees. On Thursday, the thermometer also read 90 degrees. Plus 90. In the evening. Read more here.

Empty? Policymakers recognise peak oil threat, now they need to deal with it
Most officials in both Europe and the UK still believe peak oil is a problem the markets will solve. That's a dangerous game to play with our energy supplies, says Lionel Badal

Two years ago, the British government was still confident that oil reserves were abundant enough to meet rising demand until at least 2030. Read more here.

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are 12 Times Support for Renewables, Study Shows
Global subsidies for fossil fuels dwarf support given to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and biofuels, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.

Governments last year gave $43 billion to $46 billion of support to renewable energy through tax credits, guaranteed electricity prices known as feed-in tariffs and alternative energy credits, the London-based research group said today in a statement. That compares with the $557 billion that the International Energy Agency last month said was spent to subsidize fossil fuels in 2008. Read more here.

National
OIL Federal Science Report Details Fate of Oil from BP Spill
The vast majority of the oil from the BP oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed much of which is in the process of being degraded. A significant amount of this is the direct result of the robust federal response efforts.

A third (33 percent) of the total amount of oil released in the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill was captured or mitigated by the Unified Command recovery operations, including burning, skimming, chemical dispersion and direct recovery from the wellhead, according to a federal science report released today. Read more here.

Green JobsStimulus Bill Created Nearly 1 Million Green Jobs: CEA Report
It's kind of amazing to me the bad rap that the stimulus bill has gotten since its passage a year and a half ago -- a recent poll found that something like only 13% of Americans felt it helped them. Of course, much of the nation's disdain can be attributed to the fact that the recession still hasn't lifted, that the stimulus failed to lift employment figures as high as was hoped, and that Obama's political foes have seized onto an 'out-of-control-spending' narrative. But the stimulus has done a number of very good things, like preventing all-out depression and pushing clean energy development. Read more here.

Lake, big lake Fishless Lake in Adirondacks Shows Signs of Recovery
Chuck Boylen and his crew of six had been hiking for around two hours, surrounded by nothing but the tree-lined, towering Adirondack Mountains, when they reached the wide-open space of Brooktrout Lake.

"You can just feel the remoteness," said Boylen, a biology professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic University in New York, who is part of a multi-organizational team that has been studying the effects of air pollution on this and other lakes in the Adirondacks every summer for the last 16 years. Read more here.

Wind farm 'mega-project' underway in Mojave Desert
The Alta Wind Energy Center with plans for thousands of acres of turbines to generate electricity for 600,000 Southern California homes officially breaks ground Tuesday.

It's being called the largest wind power project in the country, with plans for thousands of acres of towering turbines in the Mojave Desert foothills generating electricity for 600,000 homes in Southern California. Read more here.

I've been swimming in raw sewage. I love it! Sewage-cleaning device produces electricity, too
Small units that purify household sewage could provide a source of electricity for urban and remote communities in the developing world, according to researchers.

The units would be populated with Shewanella oneidensis, one of several types of bacteria that can break down organic matter in sewage, producing electrons and protons. If the sewage is placed between electrodes with the bacteria present, this process can be harnessed to generate an electrical current. Read more here.

Fusion Findings show promise for nuclear fusion test reactors
Researchers have discovered mechanisms critical to interactions between hot plasma and surfaces facing the plasma inside a thermonuclear fusion reactor, part of work aimed at developing coatings capable of withstanding the grueling conditions inside the reactors.

Fusion powers the stars and could lead to a limitless supply of clean energy. A fusion power plant would produce 10 times more energy than a conventional nuclear fission reactor, and because the deuterium fuel is contained in seawater, a fusion reactor's fuel supply would be virtually inexhaustible. Read more here.

Food Rules Worth Following, for Everyone's Sake
In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual," by Michael Pollan.

Mr. Pollan is not a biochemist or a nutritionist but rather a professor of science journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. You may recognize his name as the author of two highly praised books on food and nutrition, "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma." (All three books are from Penguin.) Read more here.

Graph Study: Solar power is cheaper than nuclear
The Holy Grail of the solar industry reaching grid parity may no longer be a distant dream. Solar may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power, according to a new study by two researchers at Duke University.

It's no secret that the cost of producing photovoltaic cells (PV) has been dropping for years. A PV system today costs just 50 percent of what it did in 1998. Breakthroughs in technology and manufacturing combined with an increase in demand and production have caused the price of solar power to decline steadily. At the same time, estimated costs for building new nuclear power plants have ballooned. Read more here.

Buffalo?? SMART DECLINE: The Buffalo Commons Meets Buffalo, New York
In 2002, after decades of trying to restart economic development like most other Rust Belt cities, Youngstown made a radical change in approach. The city began devising a transformative plan to encourage some neighborhoods to keep emptying and their vegetation to return. The plan, still early in its implementation as we write (March 2010), would raze underoccupied structures, streets, and alleys to form larger land parcels and home lots, more green space, and new parks. Read more here.

Wind Why the Glass is Half-Full on Climate Change Legislation
Last week, Democrats in the U.S. Senate called off their efforts to craft comprehensive climate change legislation, a bill that would have put a price on carbon via a cap-and-trade mechanism. It's another in a series of disappointing moves by the Senate of late, but that's a topic for another time.... Instead I'd like to argue that the lack of cap-and-trade legislation won't actually affect the behavior of most businesses all that much, since they are pursuing energy efficiency and other steps toward sustainability for other reasons. Read more here.

KrugmanOpinion: Defining Prosperity Down
I'm starting to have a sick feeling about prospects for American workers but not, or not entirely, for the reasons you might think.

Yes, growth is slowing, and the odds are that unemployment will rise, not fall, in the months ahead. That's bad. But what's worse is the growing evidence that our governing elite just doesn't care that a once-unthinkable level of economic distress is in the process of becoming the new normal. Read more here.

Local
Farm Farming surges in state with new crop of devotees
Midway through her first growing season, Rachael Potts, 31, pointed to long rows of thriving peppers, scallions, and Swiss chard. The tomatoes, however, have been "a challenge,'' she admitted, adding "and the heat has had its way with my arugula.''

Potts, who has a day job as an interior landscaper in office complexes, recently joined a surprisingly fast-growing occupation in Massachusetts: She's a farmer. Read more here.


Acushnet selectmen see positive growth in rail plan
ACUSHNET Selectmen are confident that proposed South Coast Rail restoration between SouthCoast and Boston's South Station will happen and produce growth that will benefit the town.

State Department of Transportation officials, Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District representatives and community planner Henry Young have told selectmen that growth resulting from rail can be guided to areas where zoning changes will accommodate it. Read more here.

Stand! HONOR SOCIETY: Trust at the heart of every sale at local honor stands
It's a simple enough transaction: Drive up. Park. Walk onto a stranger's front lawn and shop. No high-pressure sale pitch involved. In most cases you won't see a soul just leave your money in old coffee can, basket or metal box. Take your change and be on your way.

From May through October these honor system stands crop up on the country roads that wind through villages and residual farmland in small towns along the SouthCoast and southern Rhode Island. Read more here.

Marshy Volunteers document decline in salt marsh grass along Taunton River
BERKLEY About a dozen concerned volunteers from the area met at Dighton Rock State Park Saturday with a mission in mind.

Their job, for an hour and a half, was to document as best they could the disappearance of salt marsh grass along the banks of the Taunton River.

Nancy Durfee, of the Taunton River Wild and Scenic Council, said she's been watching the dramatic decrease of salt marsh grass along the Taunton River's edge. Read more here.

Ruling clears way for Bouchard oil spill claims
A federal court judge in Boston gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $11.5 million settlement in the 2003 Buzzards Bay oil spill, clearing the way for the claims process to begin.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton said in his order the agreement between the plaintiffs and Bouchard Transportation Co. "appears fair, reasonable and adequate." Read more here.

Swim! More than 140 partake in 17th Buzzards Bay Swim
NEW BEDFORD The 17th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim was the largest to date, with 149 people making the 1.2-mile swim from Davy's Locker in the city across the harbor to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, raising more than $50,000 in the process.

For the second year in a row, Matt Shenker, 40, of Pocassett was the first across the harbor. He finished the swim in 23 minutes 13 seconds. Shenker also led with the way in individual fundraising, gathering more than $1,800 in donations for the coalition. Read more here.

Donor provides pear trees for city
NEW BEDFORD Ten recently planted trees are now gracing city streets, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

One of the 10 trees they are flowering pear trees was planted on Edna Street in the North End of the City. The other nine were planted along Swift Street between Orchard Street and Bolton Street. The trees were planted by the Department of Public Infrastructure under the leadership of Ronald H. Labelle, commissioner and Zeb Arruda, superintendent of highways. Read more here.

Sassaquin Sassaquin Pond neighbors lament loss of 'water playground'
NEW BEDFORD The frustration was as palpable as the green, algae-tainted water of Sassaquin Pond.

Many residents who live near the pond in the far North End bought their property because of the pond, but the main draw of the neighborhood has lost its luster after a toxic algae bloom prompted the pond's closure on Tuesday. Read more here.

Seniors in the market for fresh fruits and veggies
Fall River The line stretched past three storefronts Thursday morning.

"We've been getting calls all morning," said Pauline Gousie, assistant director of the Council on Aging. "People want to know what's going on."

What was going on at the senior center, 114 S. Main St., was a distribution of farmers market coupons, a distribution held only once a year. The coupons allow seniors to buy $30 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at any local farmers market. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Duck Derby's grand prize: Dinner for two, anywhere in the world

August 14, 10:30 a.m., Westport
You're not quackin' up: Buy a rubber duckie and you could win dinner for two anywhere in the world. That's the bottom line of the seventh annual Duck Derby, the popular fundraiser sponsored by the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Speaking of bottom lines, in a typical year the derby makes at least $30,000, which goes to support sanctuary programs. You can adopt a single duck for $10, a flock of five for $40 or 13 for $100 by calling the sanctuary at (508) 636-2437 or by visiting www.massaudubon.org/duckderby. More Details here.

Historic Foodways Workshops

August 14, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Bristol, RI (directions)
An Evening with Amelia Simmons, an American Locavore. Minimal Food Miles! In fact, we've reduced them to 50 paces. Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to "eat local" in 1790's Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will join the museum's costumed staff in the garden selecting heirloom produce for the evening's meal. Returning to the museum's 18th century farmhouse, participants will prepare several of Amelia's receipts at the hearth before sitting down to enjoy dinner by candlelight. This workshop is limited to eight participants and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required, please register no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. 4:00pm-8:00pm. $60.00 per person, $50 for museum members. Register by phone, 401.253.9062, or email, info@coggeshallfarm.org. 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.

Food Preservation Class

August 16, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Providence (directions)
Cost is $5 and proceeds benefit Farm Fresh RI. Space is limited, please call ahead to register. Learn about canning, plus drying and freezing, so that you can enjoy the flavors of summer all year long! Hosted by Whole Foods at the Whole Foods: University Heights: 601 N Main St, Providence, RI. Contact Bonnie Frechette at (401) 621-5990 for more information. 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.

Farm Day @ Chamberlain Farm

August 22, 12:00PM - 4:00PM, Berkley (directions)
Farm Day is a chance to taste and sample locally grown items. Not only will you get a chance to purchase fresh from the farm, you will be able to sample some of the best that Southern New England has to offer. Food Sampling of: vegetables and fruit, cheeses, wines & beers, meats, seafoods, baked goods, pig roast. Live music, cash bar, grill open, hayrides, cranberry bog tours, pony rides, horseshoes, local artifact display, local historian and yard sale! ADMISSION IS FREE! Hosted by Chamberlain Farm at the Chamberlain Farm: 12 Friend Street, Berkley, MA. (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
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.
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 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
Market5 Ways To Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!
Did you know it's National Farmers Market Week? And what better time to celebrate our local markets than at the height of summer, when the stands are brimming with glorious tomatoes, corn, eggplant, squash, stone fruits, and more. Here are some ways to honor the occasion ... Learn more here.

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