Update (5/25/17): Thank you for all your calls and emails. Unfortunately, funding was not included in the state budget for water quality monitoring in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.
State funding for water quality monitoring in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound is once again at risk. This critical funding supports the Coalition’s Baywatchers program, which has kept a watchful eye on the health of your local waterways for the past 25 years.
Just like last year, state funding for coastal water quality monitoring in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound is threatened. However, Senator Cyr of Cape Cod has filed an amendment to keep this important funding in the budget, and the legislature is currently in budget debates.
You can take action to help keep this funding in the budget. Contact your state senator now and ask them to support Senator Cyr’s budget amendment 875 to fund coastal water quality monitoring in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.
Data collected through the Baywatchers program forms the foundation of all our work to save Buzzards Bay — such as the recently released nitrogen pollution cleanup plan for the Westport Rivers, which used Baywatchers data to set a course for action to clean up pollution and restore clean water in the rivers.
Last year, your calls helped restore this funding to the budget. Now, you can make a difference once again. One quick call or email to your state senator in support of budget amendment 875 can make a difference to protect this funding.