Topics: Wastewater treatment

HARWICH – Voters will be asked in the Oct. 18 s pecial town meeting to authorize selectmen to acquire t he West Harwich Baptist Church property. T own officials say the 1.56 acre parcel could be used for sewering needs, workforce housing and cemetery purposes. Selectmen have agreed to place the article in the special town meeting warrant, but they took no action last week on a recommendation ...

BREWSTER – Cape homeowners need to pick up the pace and speed up wastewater treatment by implementing innovative alternative septic systems in areas not conducive to sewering. That’s what Zenas Crocker, executive director of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC, formerly Three Bays Preservation) told Brewster Ponds Coalition (BPC) annual meeting attendees on Aug. 20. In particular, Popponessett, Waquo...

Orleans Officials Field Sewer Questions

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – As part of efforts to bring sewer to Meetinghouse Pond, the town plans to take more than 23 private roads for the installation of sewer and water mains. Town officials held a public hearing Aug. 18 to answer any questions homeowners in the sewer area had about the takings, which will be limited to the roads themselves and will not infringe upon residents' property. The 485 residents with homes on ...

State Proposes Accelerating Nitrogen Removal Timeline

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is proposing major changes to septic system regulations to address the impacts of nitrogen discharge on surface water quality. The proposed changes would require accelerated nitrogen discharge reductions in 30 watersheds across the Cape, requiring that they be completed within 20 years, half the time previously stipulated. The changes to the re...

HARWICH – The town’s extensive review of the Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Project got underway with the filing of permit requests with the conservation commission. The project, a partnership between the town of Harwich and Harwich Conservation Trust, seeks eco-restoration and nitrogen mitigation of fallow cranberry bogs. The commission received its first presentation of the project on June 15. Commission members...

ORLEANS – The needs of any town are multi-faceted. On Cape Cod, affordable housing, wastewater treatment and protection of open space often top the list. But that doesn't mean those needs have to compete against one another. That's the philosophy behind Grow Smart Cape Cod, a new data-driven program that uses interactive mapping to help communities prioritize future projects in those areas. The program, whi...

Orleans Looks Ahead To Future Sewer Phases

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With planning for downtown and Meetinghouse Pond sewer work now in the rearview, Orleans officials are now looking toward the future. The town's wastewater consultant, AECOM, presented its recommendations for the next eight phases of sewering to the select board May 11. At the top of the list are six properties bordering Uncle Harvey's Pond and two phases of work on Eldredge Park Way. In October, ...

Town Needs To Iron Out Cold Brook Design With HCT

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town and Harwich Conservation Trust have some issues to work out as the Cold Brook ecological restoration project reaches its 75 percent design phase. Until they do, selectmen plan to hold off on signing a memorandum of agreement with the trust. At issue were changes in the design during the shaping of the project, and whether the most recent design provides enough ponding to reduce adequate nitr...

ORLEANS – Can equity in sewer betterments be achieved for users downtown and in the area of Meetinghouse Pond? If the select board's public hearing on the matter March 9 is any indication, it doesn't seem likely. "I think what we can take away from all of this is there is no fair and equitable way to assess a betterment in this town," Finance Director Cathy Doane told the board at the conclusion of the two-hou...

ORLEANS — The town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan has an adaptive management component that accounts for changes in technology and other factors that may arise during the decades it will take to clean local waters. It appears that adaptive management can apply to financing the effort as well. A lot has changed in the wastewater financing world since 2011, when the town’s wastewater plan was approve...

ORLEANS — The select board was expected to decide last night (March 2) whether to recommend a new policy to pay for the downtown and proposed Meeting House Pond wastewater collection systems. “Since 2018, Orleans wastewater project planning has been guided by the select board’s decision to pay for the project by a combination of general tax revenue and betterment assessments on parcels that connect to the co...

ORLEANS – Water quality experts say that sewering is likely the best option for treating phosphorus loading in Baker Pond. The marine and fresh water quality committee was presented Jan. 24 with a draft final study on the 28-acre pond, which is on the Orleans-Brewster town line. The pond is the last of four waterways in town the committee has identified for study, with management plans already underway for Unc...

A new year comes with New Year's resolutions, and officials in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich aren't short of them for 2022. We asked select board members from each of the three towns what's topping their list of legislative priorities this year. Perhaps not surprisingly, the creation of housing was almost universally cited as an ongoing need among officials in each community. "I'd hate to talk about anything...

Chatham To Join PFAS Litigation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public wells in levels above state standards has already prompted some hefty spending by the town to ensure continued clean drinking water. To help defray those and expected future costs, the select board voted last week to seek to join a national lawsuit targeting companies that produced those "forever chemical" contaminants. The select ...

Health Board Approves New Sewer Connection Regulations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Homeowners have two years to connect to town sewer once it is available, according to new sewer connection regulations approved by the board of health last week. The new provisions, “enacted for the protection of public health, safety, welfare and the environment, wetlands and the public water supply,” were approved on Friday. There was one language adjustment by the board, and no public input was gi...

Orleans Select Board Endorses New Sewer Regulations

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The select board voted 4-0  Sept. 22 to recommend in favor of sewer use rules and regulations, although board members pressed Tom Daley, the town’s public works director, to provide more specific information for residents preparing to connect to town sewer. The board of water and sewer commissioners voted to adopt the rules and regulations ahead of the select board’s meeting. The rules and regulation...