(SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA) – Friends of Bass River, the newly-formed nonprofit dedicated to protecting the delicate ecosystem of the Bass River Estuarine System, and the Town of Yarmouth Division of Natural Resources are excited to introduce a new collaborative effort to provide a mobile pumpout service for Bass River boaters this summer.
For the first time, the Yarmouth Harbormaster’s marine waste pumpout boat will be stationed in the vicinity of Boaters Beach / East Beach on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:00pm to 7:00pm from July 1st through Labor Day including the 4th of July. Boaters can contact the pumpout boat on Channel 66 or by waving down the boat as it passes. The mobile service will provide an additional 110 hours of pumpout coverage for Bass River, complementing the existing pumpout station located at Packet Landing close to the Bass River Bridge which is available seven days per week by contacting the Division of Natural Resources at 508-760-4800.
The marine waste pumpout station and pumpout boat are both free resources available to boaters on Bass River to assist them in complying with the “No Discharge Zone” regulations. Throughout the summer, use of the pumpout station and boat will be monitored to gauge the potential marine waste volume and the public’s willingness to use this service.
“It’s so important for our residents and visitors boating on Bass River to work with us to keep the river clean. It’s wonderful to collaborate with Karl von Hone, the Director of Natural Resources and Harbormaster and the entire team at the Yarmouth Division of Natural Resources to promote the convenience and easy access of pumpouts, thereby limiting pollution in Bass River and preserving this most precious resource,” says Ryan Mann, Executive Director of the Friends of Bass River. “Clean water and healthy ecosystems are cornerstone to insuring a coastal community’s quality of life and economic viability. This can be best achieved through working together in a collaborative effort,” says Karl von Hone, Director of Natural Resources.
Educate, collaborate and preserve are the three basic tenets of the Friends of Bass River. A detailed website has been launched as well as a presence on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, please visit www.friendsofbassriver.org .