Topics: Waterways

ORLEANS – Town officials believe that pinpointing the economic value of Rock Harbor will be key when it comes to funding various projects and initiatives in the coming years. Voters at the special town meeting on Oct. 17 will be asked to authorize spending $15,000 to fund a study to figure how much money the harbor contributes to the local economy. In addition to Rock Harbor, the study, outlined in Article 11 ...

Parking Restrictions Recommended For Cow Yard

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The waterways advisory committee is recommending that parking along Cow Yard Lane be limited to residents, property owners and mooring permit holders. The proposal will now go to the traffic safety committee, which will decide whether to forward it to the select board or make its own recommendation. Neighbors of the town landing located off Old Harbor Road on Aunt Lydia's Cove requested measures t...

HARWICH – T h e town ’s natural resources department and the Watershed Association of South Harwich (WASH) will file an application with the community preservation committee seeking $92,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for an alum treatment to abate toxic algae blooms in Skinequit Pond. The pond, located on the south side of Route 28 west of Uncle Venie’s Road in South Harwich, has a 25-yea...

CHATHAM — As part of a multi-decade plan to make improvements to the town’s waterfront infrastructure, the select board last week authorized the use of $3.97 million to rebuild the bulkhead at the south jog of the fish pier. The project also includes a new walkway designed to improve pedestrian safety at the popular facility. “This project was identified in the 2016 study that looked at the entire fish pier fa...

Celebrate Our Waters Returns This Weekend

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With more than 50 miles of coastline and over 63 ponds, Orleans offers residents and visitors unique access to the Cape's waterways. But with those natural resources comes a responsibility to protect them. Now in its 19th year, the Orleans Pond Coalition continues its work advocating for clean water in town. A big part of that effort comes by way of the nonprofit's annual Celebrate Our Waters weekend...

CHATHAM – An increase in use of the Cow Yard Lane town landing is prompting neighborhood residents to ask town officials to limit parking and use of the unpaved road to residents, property owners and mooring permit holders. “It has really gotten very much out of control,” Lesley Nicholson told the traffic safety committee recently, describing encounters with sometimes aggressive beachgoers and drivers who some...

ORLEANS – Every morning, Bill Wibel walks Kent's Point. In doing so, the Keziah's Lane resident said he's noticed what he calls "a changing ecology," and not for the better. "We own this," he said of the town's waterways during a public workshop Monday to discuss a possible prohibition on the use of fertilizers in town. "We can change it, or we can watch it die." There was little debate Monday over the role...

ORLEANS – The select board has its eye on prohibiting the use of fertilizers to better protect the town’s waterways. But some businesses and groups say that a ban isn’t the right approach to achieving those goals. “I think it’s an overreaction,” said James Snow, manager and president of Snow’s Home and Garden on Main Street. Fertilizer sales account for “a pretty big chunk” of Snow’s spring and summertime b...

Though commercial fishing doesn’t dominate the Lower Cape economy the way it did historically, it’s still a giant producer of revenue and jobs. That’s the conclusion of a study of the region’s commercial fishing ports carried out by the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The findings are drawn from a series of comme...

$2M Project Will Replace Fish Pier Bulkhead

By: Tim Wood

Pedestrian Safety Improvements Also Included CHATHAM – The popularity of the municipal fish pier is undeniable. In recent weeks, staff at the Shore Road facility have counted as many as 3,000 visitors a day eager to catch a glimpse of fishing boats unloading or seals frolicking in the water. But the pier is also a working commercial fishing offloading facility, with constant heavy truck traffic crossing rig...

ORLEANS – The local use of fertilizers and their impact on the town's water resources has been a subject of discussion among Orleans officials for years. Select board members last week said the time has come to take more forceful action. Following the lead of officials on Nantucket, the board voted 4-0 June 15 to draft an article for the special town meeting in October requesting that the town petition the sta...

East Inlets 'OK, In Chatham Terms'

By: Tim Wood

Shoaling, Obstructions Means Local Knowledge Critical For Boaters CHATHAM – Just a few years ago, Harbormaster Stuart Smith called all three of the inlets mariners used to access the Atlantic from Chatham Harbor “lousy.” Conditions have improved; Smith says the inlets are now “OK, in Chatham terms.” Which means that although the inlets are less dangerous than in past years, they are still tricky to navigate...

CHATHAM — As part of the never-ending struggle to keep the entrance to Stage Harbor clear of sand bars, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Murden arrived last week and has begun dredging operations. The Murden is similar in design to the Currituck, which is usually assigned to work in Chatham but is currently undergoing an 18-month, $9.6 million overhaul. This is the third year in a row that the A...

Herring River Pier Moratorium Removed From Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A moratorium on the construction of new private docks and piers along the Herring River has been removed from proposed bylaw amendments slated to go before voters in May. The conservation commission worked over the past couple of years on amendments to the town’s water-dependent structures bylaw and the wetlands protection bylaw to better protect tidal wetland and small wetland resources. The morator...

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...

Regulations Restrict Non-Resident Access To Round Cove

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Harwich residents and taxpayers will have exclusive use of a popular boat landing on Pleasant Bay this summer. The town has taken measures to prohibit the use of Round Cove landing along Pleasant Bay by non-residents from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The new regulation is reflected in a change in the town’s Harbor Management Plan recommended by Harbormaster John Rendon, and approved by selectme...