Friends of Bass River Announces Speakers for "Save Our River" Symposium

May 3rd at West Dennis Yacht Club

FREE event bringing senior executives from the state, county and scientific communities together to update the Bass River region on the efforts to protect the future of the waterway.

YARMOUTH, MA — Friends of Bass River (FOBR) today announced that the speaker program for their First Annual “Save Our River” Symposium, on May 3rd, 3-6 pm at the West Dennis Yacht Club, has been finalized.

The FREE event, which is open to the public, is intended to provide the community living on or near the Bass River and its 10,500 acre watershed, with an update on the state of the river as well as a snapshot of the projects that will impact the region, such as the upcoming replacement of the Route 28 bridge.

Friends of Bass River is pleased to be able to welcome the following speakers next Friday:

  • Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - We are especially pleased to have someone of Commissioner Moran’s stature joining us for this event. Commissioner Moran’s team is involved in most MassDEP permitting, compliance, enforcement, emergency response and site cleanup activity that protects Massachusetts citizens and their environment on the local level. Commissioner Moran may also be able to provide our region with an update on the work being done by the Commonwealth to help protect “at risk” waterways, such as Bass River.
  • Jack Yunits, Jr., Barnstable County Administrator – Mr. Yunits will be joining us to provide our region with an update on the challenges the county faces regarding the need for dredging Cape-wide, and their plan to resolve those issues.
  • Robert Antico, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Project Manager, Rt. 28 Bass River Bridge Replacement – We are thankful that Mr. Antico and his colleagues will provide our community with the first update on the bridge design and planning since a community meeting last summer. The project currently has a target budget of $17 million and it is anticipated that construction will begin in 2020. The two-year bridge project is a focal point for our community, and we are especially pleased that Mr. Antico and his team will be with us.
  • Scott Horsley, Principal, Horsley Whitten Group – Mr. Horsley brings over thirty years of professional experience in the field of water resources management to his work in support of Bass River. He has helped us evaluate current environmental policy and  management systems so that we might be better positioned to mitigate future environmental damage to Bass River and its watershed.

The speaking program for this event will begin at 3 pm and will run through 5 pm. It will be immediately followed by a wine and cheese social, and all attendees are invited to stay and meet their neighbors, friends, fellow FOBR members, as well as our presenters.

Established by a group of faithful private citizens dedicated to the guardianship of the ponds, coves and sub-basins of the Bass River Estuarine System, the Friends of Bass River is committed to preserving and protecting the river’s delicate ecosystem so that it will remain healthy and accessible to all for generations to come. These goals are achieved through monitoring, vigilance and direct management. Without the energies of this nonprofit and its supporters, the Bass River will almost certainly experience further, potentially irreversible damage that could alter coastal life as we now know it.

The “Save Our River” symposium is FREE, and open to the public, but capacity is limited to the first 160 who RSVP. To attend, please RSVP your request…as soon as possible…to Brian Weiner at [email protected] welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on