Topics: Waterways

LeBlanc Purchases Allen Harbor Marine Service Facilities

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Allen Harbor Marine Service will be celebrating its 90 th year in business this year, and it will do so under new ownership but with a familiar face at the helm. Longtime general manager Craig LeBlanc purchased the real estate connected with the business last week. “I plan to carry on the legacy of the (Nichols) family,” LeBlanc said of the marina's 90 years of service to the community. “There wi...

Freeing The Fry From Harwich Headwaters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Low water levels and sand deposits at the sluiceways in the headwater ponds of the Herring River made it a challenge for fry to make their way to the ocean this fall. Fisheries officials observed juvenile fish seeking a route to Nantucket Sound as late as early December. In response, a unique solution has been developed to prevent sand from blocking fishways. Natural Resources Department Director ...

Online Mooring System Cut Loose

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town's problematic online mooring permit renewal system is being scrapped. Instituted more than three years ago, the system had low use by mooring permit holders as well as technical issues that did not produce the functionality or savings in staff time that were anticipated, said Director of Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. “We just didn't see the efficiency we thought we would,” he said. ...

Selectmen Approve Winter Boat Storage Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With limited interest by boat yards in leasing sections of landside area at Saquatucket Harbor for winter boat storage, Harbormaster John Rendon has put forward a plan for the town to take on the rental of the space. Selectmen on Monday night held a public hearing on an amendment to the harbor management plan allowing the town to conduct winter boat storage at the site. Rendon told selectmen he di...

CHATHAM – Due to ongoing construction work, the boat launching ramp at the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard will be closed Monday through Friday beginning this week. The ramp will be open over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24 to 27, but will close again on Monday, Nov. 28. Thereafter, it will be open on weekends through mid February, when the Old Mill Boatyard construction project is expected to be comple...

Bridge Street Land Eyed For Upweller, Public Access

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town-owned property at 90 Bridge St. has a lot of advantages: it's in a prime waterfront location, it has key permits in place, and it's not tied up with an existing use. But the land has a major drawback: it's tiny. Acting on voters' mandate to use the property to benefit many different uses, the town's three waterways-related committees met jointly last week to prioritize those potential uses...

Neighborhood Group Wins Oyster Creek Dredge Permit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Oyster Creek Preservation, Inc., the neighborhood association around the lagoon off Allen Harbor, will be allowed to provide maintenance dredging and expand the channel width in the creek, the conservation commission decided last week. The issuance of the notice of intent was a much easier process this time than the same initiative more than a decade ago. OCP at that time appealed a commission's deci...

Saving Money And Improving Water Quality

By: Tim Wood

Volunteer Water Watchers Program Has Benefited Town For 18 Years CHATHAM – Without the town's coastal water monitoring program, which depends on volunteer “water watchers,” it's unlikely that the town would be as advanced as it is in improving its coastal water quality. The work done by the water watchers, a program run in conjunction with the Friends of Chatham Waterways, would cost hundreds of thousands...

CPA Funds Eyed For Hinckley's Pond Alum Treatment

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Town officials are seeking $550,000 for alum treatments designed to prevent algae blooms in Hinckley's Pond, and they're hoping the community preservation committee will provide the funds. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he's hopeful that the committee will endorse the request. Two years ago, citing concerns that the pond has no real public access, the committee voted 5-2 not to support a s...

CHATHAM – Faced with millions of dollars worth of water-related infrastructure improvements, the town is implementing a waterways user fee to supplement funding of those projects. Officials made it clear at a hearing last week, however, that the anticipate revenue from the user fee will be “a drop in the bucket” and that the majority of the funding for the infrastructure upgrades will be paid through property ...

CHATHAM – With conditions on Chatham Bar the worst they've been in years, officials are being urged to fast track improvements to a Stage Harbor commercial dock purchased by the town earlier this year. The town purchased the Eldredge trap dock at May's annual town meeting for $1.5 million. Adjacent to the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard, where the harbormaster's office is located, the dock was leased back to the ...

Construction Will Limit Old Mill Boatyard Access

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Reconstruction of the Old Mill Boatyard bulkhead and replacement of floats will begin this week, restricting access to the facility's parking area. The boat ramp will remain open through Nov. 20, but after that will be closed, with the possible exception of some weekends. Officials urge boaters to use the Barn Hill Road ramp as an alternative, since no trailer and very limited single-vehicle parking ...

HARWICH — The Luce family has operated a charter boat out of Saquatucket Harbor for nearly as long as the municipal harbor has existed, but that will be coming to an end this year based on a vote of the board of selectmen Monday night to uphold provisions in the harbor management plan. Captain Bob Luce had fished from his slip in the harbor for 30 to 40 years and was a well-respected charter captain with many ...

Town Seeks Shared Uses For Bridge Street Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In 2014, voters purchased land near the Mitchell River drawbridge for a wide range of potential uses, from a commercial fishing vessel offloading pier to a handicap-accessible platform for recreational anglers, a new home for the town's shellfish upweller, or a new dock for Coast Guard boats. Now, with the property already in regular use by the public, town officials are asking stakeholders to help th...

ORLEANS — As it's done for the past six years, the Orleans Pond Coalition is hosting its “Celebrate Our Waters Festival” this weekend, with more than 50 free walks, talks, sails and paddles. The event takes place Friday through Sunday, and kicks off with an opening reception dubbed Smooth Jazz Under the Stars. Featuring Bart Weisman and his group, the event will include light appetizers, chowder, sandwiches ...

CHATHAM – Planned improvements at Old Mill Boatyard have been scaled back after bids for the work came in above the available funding for the project. The most significant element of the work – replacement of the bulkhead at the town-owned Stage Harbor facility – remain in new bid documents issued last week. Other items have been removed and a few included as alternatives which could be added into the project ...