Topics: Groundwater protection

ORLEANS — For a while Saturday night, Mother Nature just didn't want summer to end. A heavy blanket of moist air descended on Nauset Beach, where thousands had lined up to face a towering stack of pallets destined to become a glorious bonfire. As Orleans DJ Tom Tuttle spun (appropriately) the long version of “Light My Fire” (“The time to hesitate is through”), the throngs waited patiently for the pyrotechnic...

ORLEANS — With enough events to qualify as a World's Fair, the Orleans Pond Coalition's Celebrate Our Waters Weekend Festival returns Sept. 15 to 17. Praising the donors and volunteers who make it happen, OPC President Jim McCauley said, “We do this for the town. I think the town really appreciates it. Sometimes the politics gets a little tough in Orleans, but I don't think anyone is angry at us over Celebra...

APCC Chief Talks About The Politics Of Water Quality

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In addition to being a former state environmental official and the current executive director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottleib is a four-term Mashpee selectman. And he knows that if constituents don't speak out about an issue, it won't be a priority for his board. That's why in some towns, wastewater planning hasn't really moved the political needle, he said. “In many resp...

FCW Lauds Founding Member Martha Stone

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to improving water quality along Chatham's shoreline, Martha Stone has never been afraid to wade right in to the reeds. Literally, sometimes. For her work developing septic regulations and planning documents, and for her efforts as a volunteer water quality monitor, Stone received the Captain's Award from the Friends of Chatham Waterways Monday evening. It's a fitting tribute from the...

The four towns on Pleasant Bay – Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans – stepped up their commitment to work together to remove excess nitrogen from their waters. A quorum of each community's board of selectmen, meeting at the Cape Cod Commission's OneCape Summit in Hyannis June 22, voted in turn to approve a resolution crafted by the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The resolution endorses a composite picture of the ...

ORLEANS — Members of the conservation commission got two earfuls each of neighborhood opposition June 20 to Eversource's plan to relocate distribution lines from over Cedar Pond to above residential streets. No one from the public spoke in support of the plan for foiling the soiling of the pond caused by excretions of roosting cormorants. The utility proposed relocating the lines to Canal, Cedar Pond, Jones,...

CHATHAM — With its plan to extend the sewer system to all areas of town, Chatham has set the stage to remove more nitrogen from certain waterways than state regulators require. Under one provision being explored as part of a Pleasant Bay watershed permit, that excess capacity could translate to cold, hard cash. As part of their own plans to remove nitrogen from the bay, Orleans, Harwich and Brewster might be...

ORLEANS — Four oars produce more power than one. That's the argument that the Pleasant Bay Alliance is making to its constituent towns of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans about pulling together to help the state develop a first-time-ever watershed permit for the town. The first step is to make sure the towns are proceeding in sync. To do that, the Alliance spent the last year-plus preparing a Pleasant...

CHATHAM — The board of selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to pitch in $7,500 to support the legal battle to stop Eversource from spraying herbicides on power line right-of-ways on the Cape. The board also voted to send a letter to the Barnstable county commissioners urging them to support the effort. The vote came several weeks after selectmen opted to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Agricu...

CHATHAM — Though they weren't ready to sign a check, selectmen last week gladly signed a letter once again opposing the use of pesticides to control vegetation along Eversource power line rights-of-way. The campaign is being organized by the group Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer (POCCA), which is also asking Cape towns to contribute to a legal fund. Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, is visiting towns around the C...

ORLEANS — At a moment when towns such as Chatham and Harwich are taking a regional approach to cleaning their waters, the Nauset Regional School Committee voted unanimously against allowing Orleans to explore discharging treated wastewater at the middle school recreation fields owned jointly by Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. The town, through its consultant AECOM, had made the request to investig...

Task Force Has Lots To Say About Orleans Ponds

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — It was a cold day for a walking tour of the town's freshwater ponds, but members of the marine and fresh water quality task force made the effort Jan. 9 without mittens and parkas. Led by chair Carolyn Kennedy, they walked around tables covered with sheets of water quality statistics at town hall. With some of the numbers collected by volunteers as far back as 2000, the data provided a picture ove...

Nauset Middle School Eyed As Backup Discharge Site

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The town will ask the Nauset Regional School District to allow testing at the middle school to see whether its running track area can serve as a backup site for discharge of effluent – treated wastewater – from a proposed treatment plant for a downtown sewer system. Meeting Dec. 14 with AECOM staff and town consultant Mike Domenica, the board reviewed a list of nine sites ranging from the Overland ...

ORLEANS — Voters at a special town meeting Monday night approved a $3.22M article to advance the town's efforts to protect water quality. The article reserves around $2.5 million for continued planning and engineering, and about $750,000 for implementing adaptive management measures and program management. The initiative passed on a 369 to 98 secret ballot vote, now goes before voters as a Proposition 2 ½ debt...

West Harwich Plume Conditions Remain A Concern

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — Residents and town officials got a thorough presentation Monday night on the plume that has moved slowly from Dennisport, through West Harwich to the Herring River over nearly the past 20 years. While several studies have been done, there still remains concern about the status and impact from the plume, which initially showed tetrachloroethylene levels 1,000 times beyond limits along Smith Stree...

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Commission subcommittee sitting on the development of regional impact application for the Harwich Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan unanimously voted on Thursday to recommend adoption of the plan to the full commission. The full commission is scheduled to act on the recommendation in a hearing on Aug.18 in Barnstable. Thursday's hearing was the second time in three months the subc...