Topics: Pleasant Bay

ORLEANS – It’s a watershed moment. Conservation groups in the four Pleasant Bay watershed towns have pledged a total of $326,000 toward the acquisition of Sipson Island, the only island in the Bay that is still privately owned and has no public access. “This level of commitment – recognizing the importance of the Pleasant Bay watershed regardless of municipal lines – sends a powerful message of collaboratio...

ORLEANS – It’s a watershed moment. Conservation groups in the four Pleasant Bay watershed towns have pledged a total of $326,000 toward the acquisition of Sipson Island, the only island in the Bay that is still privately owned and has no public access. “This level of commitment – recognizing the importance of the Pleasant Bay watershed regardless of municipal lines – sends a powerful message of collaboratio...

*This article has been updated to include corrected information as not all of the results information provided was accurate* PLEASANT BAY – There are many sailing vessels in the world, but the catboat is about as Cape Cod as it gets, and on Aug. 17 catboat enthusiasts set sails aloft as they took to the waters of Pleasant Bay for the 2019 Arey's Pond Cat Gathering. The 27 th annual event was sailed by 72 c...

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy was created with public safety, research, and education in mind, and this summer the nonprofit is taking the public safety piece to heart with its new Shark Smart Beach Program at Lighthouse Beach. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9 and 10 a.m., folks from the AWSC will be offering informational talks on sharks and shark safety. “We want to increase t...

EAST HARWICH — By the end of the century, tide levels in Pleasant Bay could increase up to three feet because of sea level rise, meaning that places that were once high and dry could be subject to erosion. That’s a key reason the Pleasant Bay Alliance has been working to formulate a set of best practices that towns and individual property owners can use to manage erosion, without overly disrupting the natural f...

EAST HARWICH — There’s been a change of watch at Pleasant Bay Community Boating. The group’s first executive director, Charlie Sumner, is retiring after three years in office, and former YMCA Chief Development Officer Patrick “P.J.” Richardson is taking the helm. Richardson, a 48-year-old Centerville resident, has strong ties to the Lower Cape. His parents live in Orleans, and as a youngster he spent most su...

ORLEANS — A local man has agreed with the seller on a price for Sipson Island, and a purchase and sales agreement is expected to be signed this month. The price is confidential until then. The resident has been working with the Friends of Pleasant Bay and The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts regarding the purchase, serving as a buyer/backer to take the property off the market. The Friends intends to r...

ORLEANS — The Friends of Pleasant Bay says it has identified a private backer/buyer to purchase Sipson Island. By January 2020, the group hopes to buy most of the 24-acre island from that backer for public open space and recreation, tapping $1.25 million to $1.75 million from the town's community preservation funds. It intends to bolster the CPC money with private fund-raising that will include a major contr...

EAST HARWICH — When it comes to restoring the pristine water quality in Pleasant Bay, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans and Brewster are in it for the long haul. It takes decades for nutrient pollution from upland residential development to reach the waterway, and it will take decades to bring nitrogen levels back where they belong, officials say. That’s not to say there isn’t ample evidence that the health of the b...

EAST HARWICH — With a splash of champagne on its bow, a 37-foot pontoon boat named the Friend of Pleasant Bay was officially commissioned Saturday afternoon as a floating classroom and research platform. “She’s the belle of the ball,” Pleasant Bay Community Boating President Ted Baylis said. His organization has officially taken ownership of the vessel from the Friends of Pleasant Bay, which purchased it. Th...

ORLEANS – Mother Nature was anything but cooperative during the 26 th annual Arey's Pond Boat Yard Cat Gathering, but nearly nonexistent winds didn't spoil the fun for participating sailors, although it did slow them down a bit. The event, a celebration of the classic catboats and those who delight in sailing them, was held Aug. 10 and 11 on the waters of Little Pleasant Bay. While practice runs on Friday wen...

The first multi-town watershed permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has been approved, allowing innovative options for the management of nitrogen pollution in and around Pleasant Bay. Nitrogen – 75 percent of which is generated through septic systems, 16 percent by lawn and golf course fertilization and another 9 percent through stormwater runoff – serves as a fertilizer in...

CHATHAM – Blustery weather and soaking rain didn't stop the intrepid sailors taking part in the 2018 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta on Aug. 4 and 5, though more than a few found themselves just a little bit waterlogged. The Regatta, which featured participants aged 8 to 89, is one of the oldest annual regattas of its kind, sailing each year since 1921. According to sailor Ted Dickson, it is also one of the only fr...

Selectmen Support Pleasant Bay Regional Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will be putting two articles on the warrant this spring related to the Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, including the establishment of an intermunicipal agreement for a regional watershed permit with the towns of Chatham, Orleans and Brewster. Pleasant Bay Alliance coordinator Carole Ridley has been before selectmen a couple of times in the past few weeks defining the steps the town m...

Chronicle, PBCB, Collaborate On Webcam

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

EAST HARWICH — Visitors to The Cape Cod Chronicle's web page can now view live conditions on Pleasant Bay, thanks to a new webcam installed at Pleasant Bay Community Boating. The camera, which provides a new image every minute or two, is part of a collaboration between the newspaper and PBCB that began in June with the installation of a weather station . The equipment will help improve The Chronicle's storm ...

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...