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QBAREA launches fundraiser for Quincy Bay project

The clock is ticking for the work the Quincy Bay needs to stay viable in the future. A local non-profit organization is now asking for your help, as the bay is in danger of extinction.

The Quincy Park District is working hard to put a plan in place, but the money in order to make it happen is hard to come by.

Commercial Fisherman Stella Shake is worried about the future of Quincy Bay.

As Shake loads up fish on her boat to go sell at the market, she said she depends on the Bay to get by.

“I know that it’s hard to get boats up and down the bay,” Shake said. “There’s too much silt. It’s just hard to get boats through.”

Officials said the bay is long past its natural 10-foot depth and is taking the wild life with it, while also making it tough for boats to get by.

“When we went flat head fishing in this past summer, there was certain spots where we went up in the bay, you couldn’t get through cause you were just hitting bottom,” Shake said.

That’s why the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association is stepping in. The non-profit organization launched a fundraiser Thursday morning in hopes of raising $30,000 to move the project forward.

“If we don’t do something now, the clock is ticking,” QBAREA Chairman Rob Ebbing said. “The bay is filling up. You can look out by the dock and see the island that grows during the middle of the summer. The entire bay is eventually going to silt in and the initiative is there now because we’ve got the attention of the Corps of Engineers.”

The group said they may have to come up with the predicted $20 million to fund the project in segments, with possible 100% construction funding from federal organizations, to meet the criteria to dredge the bay.

Something Shake wants to happen, which is why she hopes people donate to the fundraiser.

“If they weren’t to dredge the bay, it kind of makes for a miserable experience,” Shake said. “If I had the money, I definitely would I think. But you know, I’m a commercial fisherman, so money is hard to come by.”

Part of the fundraiser includes a Pig Fest on at the Oakley Lindsay Center on November 24 starting at 5 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the project.

They are also asking community members and corporations to make donations.

If interested in helping, you can take a check to the Quincy Park District office. If the project is approved, construction will start in the next three to five years.


Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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