Topics: Environment

Local Teen Alexis Comeau Starts Cross-country Adventure

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Driving across the Great Plains, 18-year-old Alexis Comeau of Harwich can look all around her and see wheat fields all the way to the horizon. On Sept. 9, she loaded up a customized van and embarked on a cross-country odyssey that's already broadened her perspective in other ways, too. Comeau has been planning the trip since she was 14 and dreaming of this kind of travel adventure for much longer. Ha...

Our View: Keeping Cape Cod Clean

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A visit to Monomoy Island reveals a stunning landscape rich with wild birds, swaying beach grass, and miles of soft sand. But to call it “pristine” would be an exaggeration. To know why, all one has to do is look among the grasses and seashells anywhere on the beach. You'll find a wealth of trash. Some people might say, 'So what?' and chalk it up to modern life. But on the island, and off, trash has become a h...

New Gauge Will Monitor Sea Level Rise

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At some point in the future, Lower Cape residents and policymakers will be engaged in a very difficult debate. With rising sea levels, key roads like Route 28 – and entire neighborhoods – may need to be relocated away from the encroaching waves. And that debate will need to be informed by extremely reliable, detailed data. To that end, federal officials are planning to install a state-of-the-art tide...

EAST HARWICH — As they near their deadline to produce a groundbreaking report for the Friends of Pleasant Bay, researchers from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies are gaining a clearer picture of the organisms, large and small, that inhabit the bay. The researchers gave an update of their work at the annual meeting of the Friends of Pleasant Bay Monday afternoon at the Wequassett Inn. The study, com...

Save A Life And Brake For Turtles

By: Kat Szmit

The folks at Wild Care, Inc., of Cape Cod have an important message for drivers encountering turtles in the roadway: Stop! You just might save a life. Each year when spring begins its migration into summer here on the peninsula, not only does Cape Cod see an influx of tourist traffic, but roadways also see an increase in turtle crossings, particularly of snapping turtles looking for suitable locations to lay t...

Responders Contain Mock Oil Spill On Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The threat of an oil spill in local waters is a serious environmental concern, and state, county and local officials trained together in the Herring River on Monday to contain a simulated plume of pollution. The daylong exercise was sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and focused on training for Harwich and Dennis fire departments and harbormasters. But it also included Chat...

HARWICH — A fledgling day camp for kids, to be based at the old Harwich Middle School this summer, goes beyond activities that teach appreciation for the earth. The new Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK) summer program, aimed at kids between 10 and 12, uses a mix of science and the arts to teach environmental advocacy. The innovative program is a first for OPAK, a new nonprofit group that aims to inspire ...

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...