Topics: Waterways

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...

Voters To Consider Purchase Of Boat Landing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town meeting voters next May will be asked to spend around a quarter million dollars to purchase a boat ramp on the Mitchell River. And some of those voters might be surprised to learn that ramp, in use by the public for decades, wasn't owned by the town all along. Just west of the Mitchell River drawbridge, the landing is popular among shellfishermen and users of small recreational boats. The land...

DEP Raises Chapter 91 Issues With Fish House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of noncompliance under the existing Chapter 91 license issued for the fish house on the Herring River. The notification cites excessive work conducted under the Wetland Protection Act Emergency Certification to shore up the building. After receiving a complaint of potential violations to the emergency certification issued by the con...

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...

CHATHAM – Designs for an 1,800-square-foot building to house the town's shellfish upweller and a gangway and float system along the waterside of town-owned land at 90 Bridge St. will be refined after members of three waterways-related committees agreed that was the best option for use of the property. The upweller will sit on pilings above the water to the east of the property, parallel to the Mitchell River d...

Saquatucket Bids Under $7M

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town received several competitive bids for the Saquatucket Harbor marine side reconstruction project expected to begin in October. Two of the base bids were within the $7 million appropriation approved in the May for the project. There were seven bids filed with base bids ranging from $6.8 to $9.1 million. There were three alternates also provided in the bid package. The low bidder was BTT Marine...

For years, local youngsters have enjoyed hands-on lessons in biology, climate science and ecology thanks to programs sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Pleasant Bay. Soon, they'll be getting those lessons out on the bay itself, on a custom-built floating classroom. The 35-foot-long pontoon boat is being designed by South Carolina-based American Pontoon and is expected to be built this fall and winter. If al...

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...

Bids Are Out For Both Saquatucket Harbor Projects

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With both the waterside and landside renovation projects now out to bid, there is likely going to be a lot of activity in and around Saquatucket Harbor over the winter. However, it will take a trip to the former Harwich Middle School building to locate harbor and natural resources departments staff. Harbormaster John Rendon said there are only a couple of more permits to put in place which are expect...

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...

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

Selectmen Split On Saquatucket Harbor Landside Costs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It was clear Monday night that some town officials are still concerned with the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside development project. The town is expected to seek bids on the project this week. Harbormaster John Rendon provided selectmen with the latest estimate from Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber, Architects, the firm that did the design for the harbor improvements. “I know there are...

Stay Issued On Herring River Fish House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH –The state Department of Environmental Protection has placed a stay order on the fish house project on the Herring River, which was before the conservation commission last week for an after-the-fact notice of intent filing for work conducted there this spring. The commission issued an emergency certification allowing the stabilization of the structure, which sits in the river, based on a structural eng...

Polito: Waterfront Investments Boost Economy

By: Alan Pollock

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

CHATHAM — Crowded by boaters, fishermen and the occasional kayak slipping in and out of Stage Harbor, the 150-foot hopper dredge Currituck is slowly, nimbly chewing through the shoals that choke the harbor entrance. A marvel of engineering, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge churns up the bottom with two large drag arms and pumps the muddy slurry into the large open hopper. The boat then maneuvers its w...

CHATHAM – An overflow, standing room only crowd turned out on Saturday morning at the community center to heard what the future holds for the town's changing shoreline. Sponsored by the Chatham Alliance for Preservation and Conservation, a panel of four local coastal experts examined the subtle and often dramatic changes to Chatham’s dynamic 60 miles of shoreline. Chatham is on the leading edge of dram...