Topics: Environment

Mobile Shellfish Nursery Planned For Allen Harbor

By: Bill Galvin

HARWICH — Aquaculture is certainly a growth industry on the Cape and producing seed shellfish is essential to marine farming. There are ongoing efforts in the Herring River to develop a shellfish nursery and the conservation commission has now approved a mobile nursery along the edge of Allen Harbor. Fran Zarette, the owner of the former fish house on the Herring River, has been doing battle with a neighbor ...

Peake, Middle Schoolers Talk About Renewable Energy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In Washington, today's leaders are rolling back regulations to fight climate change, providing a big boost to the coal and oil industries. But in Chatham, tomorrow's leaders are talking about renewable energy. “How many of you believe climate change is real?” State Rep. Sarah Peake asked the seventh graders at Monomoy Middle School Friday. Most hands shot up, and Peake, a Provincetown Democrat, nod...

Chatham is more than sharks when it comes to science. At Wellfleet Bay Mass Audubon’s 22nd annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference at Cape Cod Community College last weekend, a number of projects relevant to the area were discussed. Mark Borelli of the Center for Coastal Studies discussed the use of cutting edge mapping from two small craft with shallow drafts, each equipped with two methods of using sonar,...

Refuse The Straw

By: Debra Lawless

Panel Offiers Tips To Help Clean Up Plastic Pollution Just about every four days Rebecca Arnold of Chatham walks along one of the town’s beaches collecting trash for an hour or so. In five years she has collected 25 distinct types of trash including waterlogged shoes, Styrofoam coffee cups, plastic shell casings and lots and lots of wayward plastic byproducts of commercial fishing and lobstering. Last Sa...

CHATHAM – Just by walking along the shore, it's clear how much plastic washes onto the beach from the ocean. Every year, the observation is confirmed by beach cleanups, which consistently collect more plastic than any other item. It's not just a local problem; it's worldwide, as the makers of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” discovered. “It's ubiquitous, and it shouldn't be,” said Jo Ruxton, the film's ...

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags are now officially outlawed in Harwich and Chatham, thanks to bylaws passed by voters. And while the initiative seems to be boosting the use of reusable shopping bags, some retailers are still providing plastic bags to customers – legally. While Chatham's ban has been in effect only since Jan. 1, the Harwich prohibition has been in place for nearly a year. “It h...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

HARWICH – Hells Angels and thousands of hippies gathered in May 1972 at the Province Lands Visitor Center in the Cape Cod National Seashore for a raucous one-day rock concert. “It was a mistake,” said Bill Burke of Harwich, the National Seashore’s historian and cultural resource program manager. What was billed as a small concert turned into a melee during the course of which a part of the visitor center’s...

A Haunted Forest Proposed For Halloween In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Grand Slam Entertainment has some haunting plans for the commercial site it operates along Route 28 just west of Sisson Road. The entertainment center has operated bumper boats and batting cages there over the past 28 years, and this past year they added a zip line. But this is where it gets scary. Owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the conservation commission last week discussing the creation o...

Opposition Builds Against Chatham Road Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Abutters are pushing to see how resilient The Resilient Family Farm will be in a residential neighborhood off Chatham Road. Several neighbors were before the conservation commission last week complaining about the intensity of farm use and charging the town dropped the ball in allowing the commercial farm to plant roots in their neighborhood. “We have already experienced, at times, palpable lev...

Harwich Gets $400K State Grant For Muddy Creek Land

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state will be awarding the town of Harwich a $400,000 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant to assist with the purchase of the 17.43-acre Marini property along Muddy Creek in East Harwich. The Baker Administration announced $3.9 million in LAND grants designed to address climate change and protect biodiversity within the borders of the commonwealth. The Marini property, located of...

Harwich Resident Marina Brock Shaping Federal EPA Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Marina Brock has been known for her commitment to public health across Barnstable County for more than 30 years. Now she will have her voice heard on environmental issues at the federal level. Brock, a Harwich resident for most of her life, has been appointed to a government advisory committee within the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role she will serve with 14 other members in provi...

Saving Money And Improving Water Quality

By: Tim Wood

Volunteer Water Watchers Program Has Benefited Town For 18 Years CHATHAM – Without the town's coastal water monitoring program, which depends on volunteer “water watchers,” it's unlikely that the town would be as advanced as it is in improving its coastal water quality. The work done by the water watchers, a program run in conjunction with the Friends of Chatham Waterways, would cost hundreds of thousands...

CHATHAM – On Jan. 1, single-use plastic bags will be a thing of the past in Chatham. The board of health, which passed the ban a year ago, issued a reminder last week that it will be implemented on the first day of the new year. “We wanted to let the public and the merchants know it's going into effect Jan. 1,” said Health Agent Judy Giorgio. “We want to make sure they're all prepared.” Health department...

CHATHAM – Cape Cod is a great place to teach science. “We use our environment as much as we can,” said Monomoy Middle School seventh grade science teacher Melinda Forist. It's evident from her students' projects that the natural world is not just something they study in books; they do actual water quality testing, conduct energy efficiency audits and conduct experiments in the field designed to help endangered...

Barnstable County Plans To Expand Dredging Capabilities

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Barnstable County has placed an order for a second dredge to be used in keeping local harbor channels open for boaters. But the county is also beginning to discuss extending dredging activities into freshwater, including rivers and streams leading to headwaters. “My main goal is to clean up estuary passages because they are not flushing out the way they should,” County Commissioner Leo Cakounes said ...