Topics: Waterways

HARWICH — The harbormaster's staff has been busy relocating this week in preparation for demolition of the frail building that has served the department for more than 40 years at the head of Saquatucket Harbor. Harbormaster John Rendon said this week the plan is for the old building to be demolished, likely on Dec. 18, to make way for landside improvements there and on the former Downey property. A constructio...

CHATHAM ─ Clad in tall hip waders and bright blue rubber gloves, Monomoy Middle School student Yoangel Rodriguez reached into a purple mesh bag and began scattering what looked like peanuts onto the flats at Mill Creek in Chatham. Rodriguez was really laying down quahog seeds that should come to maturity around the time the young man who planted them graduates high school. The bond between student and shellfish...

CHATHAM — Suffering a clear case of sticker shock, selectmen last week asked committees to scale back plans for a $4 million waterfront facility envisioned for 90 Bridge St. Answering a mandate by voters who purchased the land for future commercial and recreational marine uses, the town’s three water-related advisory committees worked with a consultant to find options for the small parcel next to the Mitchel...

Saquatucket Landside Project Awarded To Eastward Companies

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside project got the approval of selectmen Monday night on a 4-to-1 vote. The project, while altered to some degree, will provide the essential improvements presented to voters when $3 million was approved in town meeting and the ballot box last spring. Selectmen agreed Monday night to enter into a contract agreement with Eastward Companies of Chatham for $2,649,633 to buil...

Port Sidewalk Plan Taking Shape

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — When renovations are complete, Saquatucket Harbor will be a major attraction for summer visitors. Town officials want to make sure that, for pedestrians coming from the nearby shopping district, it isn't an attractive nuisance. Coming from the village center, there are sidewalks along Route 28 from the Bank Street intersection to a point just beyond Snow Inn Road, but not quite to the popular ...

OPAK Earns Lush Grant

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, a new nonprofit that teaches children about the ocean environment and how to advocate for it, has just received a substantial corporate grant. U.K.-based Lush Cosmetics has awarded OPAK $17,676 to expand its “Plankton and Plastics” program across Southeastern Massachusetts. The program, which explains the evolution of the marine food web, will be made available to as...

Saquatucket Waterside Project To Begin This Week

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The reconstruction of waterside infrastructure at Saquatucket Harbor is expected to get underway this week, Harbormaster John Rendon said. Contractor BTT Marine Construction is seeking to get an early start on the project. Rendon said the contract award identifies a start date of Oct. 16, but the company plans to mobilizing its equipment this week. His department will be trying to move boats to one s...

Saquatucket Landside Project To Be Bid Again

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After lengthy discussion concerning whether changes to the Saquatucket Harbor landside project are within the scope of what voters approved in the May town meeting, selectmen Monday night, by consensus, agreed to instruct Town Administrator Christopher Clark to seek a second round of bids. The project has been fraught with cost overruns, with the initial design done by the architectural firm of Brown...

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...