Update as of 18:58 05/15/19:
It’s Safe for enrolled Tribal Members to take Herring from the Mashpee River Herring Run again. The water was tested and area searched. Nothing was found that is dangerous to the health and welfare of Tribal Citizens, the environment, or wildlife.
The individual dumped 4-five gallon water jugs (water cooler size) full of old Fish Tank water from his personal fish tank at his residence in Mashpee. After speaking with the individual who did the dumping, Tribal PD and State Officials have determined there was no ill will intended. The individual’s medical status contributed to this act. He and his mother were advised he is not to do this act again and explained the importance of why.
From the Mashpee Wampanoag Police Department (verbatim):
For Public Awareness:
Tribal PD is currently working an investigation into a non-tribal member dumping 5 gallon jugs of a clear liquid into the Mashpee River via the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum Parking Lot, located ok the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation. This happened last evening at approx 1935. We are working with State and Local agencies on this case.
We ask that Tribal Members and others to please do not interfere with them team that will be at the Herring Run. They are currently in reservation lands now and are expect to be for several hours. We are making sure no chemicals, toxins, or any other illegal substances were dumped.
If you recall we had Blue Herron dying because of chemicals two years in a row in previous years. Our Tribal Members safety, Environment and wildlife safety is of the upmost importance to us.
Once we know the water is clean of any toxins, we will advise and update.
Please share this for tribal members awareness.