Save Popponesset Bay -
June 2011 update  
June 2011 

Letter to Mashpee Selectmen on proposed oyster farm adjacent to Popponesset Island


Recently the Mashpee Selectmen reviewed a proposal to establish an oyster farm on the bay side of Popponesset Island close to the bridge to Popponesset Island.


At the request of Save Popponesset Bay supporters, we offered our input.  The next hearing on the matter, originally scheduled for this evening, Thursday, June 16, has been postponed for two weeks, to June 30, at Town Hall.  


Here's what we sent to the Selectmen: 



Town of Mashpee


June 14, 2011


Re: Oyster Farm off Popponesset Island


Dear Town Selectmen:


Save Popponesset Bay, Inc. (SPB), a 501 c 3 all-volunteer organization, has three significant priorities: 1) Stabilizing and protecting the Popponesset Spit, which is registered land and a designated barrier beach and endangered species habitat, 2) Maintaining the channels in and around Popponesset Bay to provide safe navigation and 3) Working toward improved water quality of the Bay. 


We applaud the Town of Mashpee's annual maintenance of the outer channel between Popponesset Bay and Nantucket Sound and its most recent undertaking, the first dredging of the 1916 channel in over 70 years.  SPB attempts to help with these initiatives as much as possible and is committed to collaborating with the Town where and whenever possible.


Recently, an oyster farm was proposed for the bay side of Popponesset Island.  Most of SPB's supporters support aquaculture and recognize the benefits of oyster farming on water quality through the reduction of nitrogen.  The location of this aqua-farming site is controversial, however.   It is our understanding that The Waterways Commission endorsed the location as long as the abutter also approved and SPB respects that determination.  At the very least it would seem that more definitive information regarding the oyster farm's size, visibility and operation is warranted and should be shared before any approval is granted by the Town. 


If the proponents of the oyster farm are able to convince the abutter that there will be no ill effect to quality of life and property value, we will certainly support the project as well.  We believe that the proponents should be prepared to better educate the abutters, or be prepared to reduce the scale, or relocate the operation elsewhere within Popponesset Bay if necessary. 


Sincerely yours,


Michael Oleksak, President

Save Popponesset Bay, Inc.  




SPB Summer Kickoff Dinner - Friday evening, June 24   
Over 80 supporters are signed up for the Friday evening, June 24 SPB Summer Kickoff Dinner at New Seabury Country Club.  I hope you'll join us.   


For information, contact me 781-729-1008 or at (  Summer casual dress.  Drinks start at 6:30, with a buffet dinner around 7:30 PM. We'll conduct a little business, then dance to the summertime tunes of the Cape Cod Slackers.  

Cape Cod Slackers
Cape Cod Slackers, performing on June 24 at the SPB dinner

The summer kickoff dinner supports the efforts of Save Popponesset Pay whose mission is to keep safe and navigable the waterways in and around Popponesset Bay and to protect the Popponesset Spit barrier beach and endangered species habitat. Some of the activities from the past winter, including two major dredging projects, can be seen on the new SPB website and newsletter updates 


At the dinner, you'll have the chance to view and order a striking framed collage of photos of the Spit and Bay taken by Beverly Myers Bailey.  Proceeds will support SPB, an all-volunteer 501 c 3 organization.


A big thanks to our business friends, whose financial support helps offset the cost of the dinner:

  New Seabury Real EstateThe Squarcia Group at Merrill LynchZammito Motor Group



Please let us know if you'd like to attend.  


Please mention this to your Bright Coves, Popponesset Island and other New Seabury neighbors who may not be on our mailing list.


Can't wait to kick off the summer!!


Mike Oleksak/Greg Smith   

Save Popponesset Bay

P.O. Box 66

N. Attleboro, MA 02761

tel. - 781-729-1008 


What is SPB?
Popponesset Bay (Dawn Peterson)
Save Popponesset Bay, Inc. is a 501 c 3 organization with the mission of keeping the waterways in and around Popponesset Bay safe and navigable and to protect the Popponesset Spit, an endangered species habitat.

Photo by Beverly
 Myers Bailey
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