The Save Our Bay Flotilla was an on-the-water rally to celebrate World Oceans Day and shine light on the environmental impacts caused by Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on Cape Cod Bay. The event was designed to help raise awareness of the issues and the need for Entergy to clean up its act!
The rally took place on Cape Cod Bay from noon to 1:00 pm on June 9, outside the security buoys near the Pilgrim facility in Plymouth, MA. Flotilla participants joined people from around the globe in celebrating and honoring our oceans.
The 11th annual World Oceans Day falls on the same weekend as the Flotilla event. Another goal of the Flotilla was to increase awareness of the impacts that Pilgrim’s daily operations have had on the health of Cape Cod Bay for the past 40 years.
The facility discharges huge volumes of heated and polluted water into the bay on a daily basis, pollutes groundwater, kills millions of fish each year and is potentially impacting endangered species. Despite these problems – and many others – Entergy’s license to operate Pilgrim was renewed last year for an additional 20 years.
Cape Cod Bay Watch (CCBW) is a public interest campaign that seeks to engage stakeholders in protecting and restoring the scenic, recreational, ecological, and economic values of Cape Cod Bay. CCBW carries out its mission through public education, outreach, and building partnerships with groups throughout the region. CCBW operates in coordination with the Jones River Watershed Association of Kingston, Massachusetts, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.