For over 30 years, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has been the driving force behind the transformation of Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest urban harbors in America to one of the cleanest in the world. Since our founding in 1986, we have successfully advocated for the completion of the state of the art Deer Island sewage treatment plant and the Mass Bay outfall pipe, led the effort to create the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, and transformed the South Boston beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America. Over this period, we have helped make Boston Harbor, the waterfront, the region's public beaches and the Boston Harbor Islands a destination for companies, residents, and visitors. We work with civic, corporate, cultural, scientific, philanthropic and community leaders, with government at all levels and with more than 130 youth and community groups from all of Boston's neighborhoods and the region's beachfront communities. Through these partnerships we strengthen the connections between local communities and the harbor and increase the recreational and economic value of Boston Harbor to the region's residents and businesses. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit, public interest Boston Harbor advocacy organization made up of thousands of citizens as well as civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders and scientists. As the region's leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, our shared mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy. We believe that the best way to "save the harbor" is to "share the harbor" with the public through free events and programs that educate and engage our program participants while creating new Boston Harbor Stewards who understand that the harbor belongs to them and their communities. Through the region's more than $5 billion investment in clean water has created a multitude of opportunities, the fact remains that not everyone has equal opportunities or resources to take advantage of them. As long-time funding partners, you know that many of those who take part in our free programs lack the resources to enjoy the benefits of our region's $5 billion investment in clean water, though they do share the costs through their water and sewer bills. In 2020, we are wrestling with the twin impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic racism that has for too long prevented people of color from enjoying the full benefits of our $5 billion public investment in clean water. In a typical year, the 34 young people who make up our summer staff, many of whom have been with our organization for two or more years, are the face of our organization, bringing STEAM and Humanities based curriculum to over 35,000 youth, teens and families. However, this is not a typical year. In response to the pandemic, we moved our programs online, creating virtual programs on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, and on Save the Harbor's youth and beach program blog Sea, Sand & Sky to help meet the needs of our 130 organizational partners. Instead of working directly with boatloads of people, we have created virtual programming to connect youth from our community partners to the Harbor under these difficult circumstances, and served as virtual Ambassadors to help keep our beaches safe and open by encouraging young people to follow social distancing guidelines to stop the social spread of COVID-19. We have also taken time to create engaging opportunities for our seasonal and full-time staff to engage more deeply in the issues facing our city and community. Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay plans to host three virtual forums this fall and a virtual conference early in 2020 to help us â€“ and our policy and youth and beach program partners â€“ reimagine the way that we use, program and manage the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. This initiative will address three critical (public health) threats that will shape the way we think about, program, manage and use public spaces like the region's public beaches and the Harbor Islands, focusing on climate change, racial justice, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is committed to helping decision makers and our community partners in the region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities navigate these uncharted waters and understand the connection between public health, environmental justice, and racial justice.