Three Bays Paddleboard Race Date Set

Silhouette of man paddleboarding at sunsetCOTUIT- In an effort to bring awareness to the plight of local waterways, the Three Bays Preservation organization is once again holding a paddleboard race on August 17th at Ropes beach in Cotuit.

Organizers say the waters of Cotuit, West, and North Bays are all suffering from an overloading of nitrogen from septic systems, runoff and fertilizer.

According to the group, the increase in the growth of algae and other plants is depleting oxygen levels in the Bays, resulting in fish and shellfish kills.

In the past year,  Three Bays has launched several projects to combat the problem, including improvements to Mill Pond, managing storm water from Cotuit and planting over 200 thousand oysters in an effort to filter pollutants out of the water.

One oyster can filter up to fifty gallons of water each day so the Preservation is excited at the prospect of having 200 thousand seeds planted.

Registration in the paddleboard race includes a race dinner and the first 100 registrants receive a t-shirt.

A new event this year includes a relay race with four team members who will each race about a quarter of the two mile race.

Cash prizes will also be awarded, more information can be found at info@3bays.org

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