Topics: Groundwater protection

Resorts Threatened With Lawsuits Alleging Pollution

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Alleging that the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and the Wychmere Harbor Club are responsible for significant nitrogen pollution of coastal waters, the Conservation Law Foundation has put the owners of the resorts on notice of its intent to file suit under the federal Clean Waters Act. Under the law, citizens and organizations can sue alleged violators after first providing 60 days notice. Last Thur...

Progress Made On Cold Brook Conceptual Design

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Progress has been made on the conceptual design for the Cold Brook Ecological Project being worked out between the town and the Harwich Conservation Trust. But there remain a number of questions over financing and the actual amount of nitrogen that will be removed through the town's proposed attenuation project. “We're now in transition from conceptual design to trying to put meat on the bones,” Dr. ...

Expect To Pay More For Water

By: Tim Wood

Revenue Needed To Fund Infrastructure Improvements CHATHAM – A proposed change in the way water use is billed will increase the cost of town water between 10 and 37 percent for most households and businesses. The rate changes eliminate the current allowance of 1,000 cubic feet of water use in the basic residential minimum charge, substituting a lower minimum charge that covers the operating costs of the wat...

Sennott Bog Purchase Tied To Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, working with the Harwich Conservation Trust, has purchased the 7.9-acre cranberry bog along Bank Street formerly owned by John and Paula Sennott. The purchase is instrumental to the Harwich Conservation Trust's ecological restoration plan for the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve, which the bog property abuts, giving the trust control of the water flow f...

Trust And Town Seek Agreement On Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While funding and technical details relating to the design alterations of the Harwich Conservation Trust's Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve are still being discussed, town officials, consultants, state and trust representatives are confident they are getting close to a final plan. “We're actually getting close and I can't think of a more exciting project to address the nitrogen issue,” said David ...

ORLEANS — The town's science experiment in Lonnie's Pond is one step closer to becoming a self-supporting commercial enterprise. At an extraordinary Saturday meeting, the board of selectmen asked its consultants for a management plan for a private grower to take over the effort in 2019, when three years of town funding will end. Members were encouraged by the amount of nitrogen removed from the pond so far b...

ORLEANS — Uncle Harvey's sick, and those who care are discussing what to do about it. The 7.5-acre pond south of Pochet Road has been flagged for harmful algal blooms by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and the state Department of Public Health has issued advisories to avoid contact with the water. Since the turn of the century, volunteers have been monitoring water quality in Uncle Harve...

ORLEANS — Selectmen will invite the finance committee and the Orleans Water Quality Advisory Panel (OWQAP) to their Jan. 10 meeting for the unveiling of a revised financial model for paying the capital costs of a downtown sewer system. That decision came at the end of a discussion Dec. 13 on whether the consensus-building OWQAP process, which brought eight community organizations together as stakeholders for...

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...