Topics: Wastewater treatment

Payson Remembered As Detail-driven Water Advocate

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — John Payson, who consistently challenged the town's approach to managing drinking water and wastewater, died last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. He was 94 years old, and had been doggedly researching water management issues until just a few weeks before his death, according to his family. Mr. Payson was a regular contributor to the development of the town's comprehensive wastewater managem...

ORLEANS — In recent years, the town has been marching down the field toward its goal of cleaning its waters. At next month's special town meeting, selectmen will ask voters to support grinding out a few more yards now to set up a full-scale attack on the end zone at annual town meeting in May. Some members had higher ambitions for the Oct. 16 meeting, but with four positive votes required to put borrowing qu...

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...

ORLEANS — Selectmen planned to hold their clear-the-air work session on water quality projects last night (Aug. 30) with decisions pending on wastewater collection and treatment options and alternative ways in which the system could be designed, built, and operated. And there's more to come: at the board's Aug. 23 meeting, Selectman Mark Mathison said the shellfish and waterways improvement advisory committe...

ORLEANS — The word “decision”appeared three times on the selectmen's Aug. 17 agenda, but the only decision the four voting members could agree on was to hold another meeting to clear the air on the way forward with water quality remediation projects. Colleague David Currier remained sidelined due to a potential conflict of interest if he discusses or votes on the design of a wastewater collection system for ...

ORLEANS — Tonight (Aug. 17) at 7, the board of selectmen and the finance committee will meet for a joint work session on wastewater issues, leading off with a workshop on a multi-variable matrix of options for funding a sewer and treatment system. The boards were to hear as well what sort of assurances bond counsel would require if the town uses state land at Route 6's Exit 12 for the system's primary dispo...

ORLEANS — Necessity was the mother not of invention but decision at last week's selectmen's meeting. Faced with competing interests – a state remake of Main Street's intersections with Routes 6A and 28 and the need eventually to install sewers and connections in the same locations – the board endorsed a gravity flow system for the sites. Members were facing an end-of-July deadline to get those specs to the M...

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 ...

Chatham, Harwich Endorse Wastewater Pact

By: William F. Galvin , Alan Pollock

In a historic agreement, selectmen in Harwich and Chatham this week voted to adopt an intermunicipal agreement for wastewater treatment. The 25-year pact was approved by selectmen in Harwich Monday night, and in Chatham on Tuesday. It will take effect on July 1 or shortly thereafter, and allows Harwich to send 300,000 gallons of wastewater per day from East Harwich for treatment at the Chatham water pollution ...

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...

Town Meeting To Address Weighty Wastewater Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will be asked to approve more than $11 million to fund the beginning of phase two of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan in Monday's opening session of the annual town meeting. The major focus of the funding is to design infrastructure and provide wastewater treatment for East Harwich. Town officials last Thursday pitched the plan to about 35 members of the East Harwich Communi...

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...

HARWICH — Homeowners could be required to install expensive nitrogen-removing septic systems if the town fails to fund its wastewater management project. With voters being asked to provide more than $9 million in wastewater management funds to design sewering – as well as enter into an agreement to treat effluent from the Pleasant Bay watershed in East Harwich at the Chatham Water Pollution Control Facility an...

CHATHAM – Another round of sewer funding – this time for $31 million – will go before voters at the May annual town meeting. The money will cover the next phase in the town's 20-year wastewater project and include replacement of a section of sewer main downtown that was part of the original sewer system installed more than 40 years ago. Most of the money will be used to install sewers along the Route 137 corri...

ORLEANS — He who pays the piper should call the tune – even if it's the sewer piper. But some feel the piper – the regulators and consultants – are making the town dance instead. Things aren't that simple, however. In recent years, Orleans has explored alternatives to widespread sewering to meet nitrogen reduction goals for its waters. Among the alternatives outside of downtown have been low-tech and less...