Topics: Environment

Local Events Mark Earth Day 2018

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, the 48 th year of the celebration of the planet. A number of events are being planned in the area to mark the occasion. On Saturday, April 21, “Love Thy Nature” will be screened at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film explores how we’ve lost touch with nature and looks at how a renewed connection with nature is key both to good health and to solvi...

What does it mean to live sustainably? For Madhavi Venkatesan, the answer is simple. She defines it as “living my life everyday as though I recognize my own mortality.” As the executive director of Sustainability Practices, Venkatesan has had a huge hand in delivering the non-profit’s message about conscious consumption. Primarily, the group is raising awareness by screening films tied into the theme of sustai...

CHATHAM – Four new osprey perches installed around Chatham recently not only will offer a warm welcome to returning birds searching for a place to nest, but also allowed local Boy Scout Carlisle Nash the opportunity to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirements in true Cape Cod style. “At one point I was reading something in the paper about how there were so many ospreys and not enough perches, so they were nesting ...

Harwich Making Headway In 'Green Communities' Bid

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — While town meeting will have the final say on a couple of the requirements, town officials are ticking off the boxes that will allow Harwich to receive grants and incentives under the state Green Communities initiative. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said that, when she worked for the town of Truro, the town met the five criteria to qualify as a Green Community and qualified for a grant of $125,0...

ORLEANS — It wouldn't be much of a stretch for the town to adopt the state's Stretch Code, selectmen were told last week. That step is one of five required to achieve Green Community status as an energy-efficient community, which in turn could unlock hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants. “Basically, we're already enforcing this code,” Building Commissioner Thomas Evers told the board at a publ...

CHATHAM – Twice since January, flooding from heavy rains and tidal surges have made roads in the Little Beach area impassable. As South Beach rapidly deteriorates, eliminating protection from the open ocean the area has enjoyed for decades, the scenario is likely to be repeated fairly frequently, say officials. “This is probably the new norm,” said Director of Health and Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. ...

CHATHAM – Speakers at a forum last Sunday agreed: Climate Change is real – and humanity bears most of the responsibility for it. Sea levels will rise as much as two to six feet by the end of this century, with higher levels resulting from storms. The coastlines of the Cape, and many key facilities such as hospitals, schools, fire and police departments, and government buildings, will be affected. Reducing the ...

HARWICH ─ If the electric bill at Monomoy Regional High School has gotten lower recently, folks can thank Aidan Kotoski, a high school junior with a passion for saving energy in the hopes of helping the planet. Through the Earth Club at MRHS, under the tutelage of advisor Sally Angiola and with a grant from the Harwich Garden Club, energy monitors were purchased and installed at several locations around the ...

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 ...