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Public Hearing on Clean-up Plan for Wild Harbor, Fiddlers Cove-Rands Harbor and Quissett Harbor

  • Falmouth Public Library 300 Main St. Falmouth, Mass. (map)

About: The Wild Harbor, Fiddlers Cove-Rands Harbor, and Quissett Harbor estuarine systems on Cape Cod are impaired because of excess nutrients, mainly nitrogen, which choke waterbodies with harmful algae, deplete oxygen for fish and shellfish populations, destroy critical eelgrass beds needed for sustaining marine life, and reduce swimming, fishing and boating opportunities. The restoration plans for these estuary systems, formulated by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology, is proposed as part of a comprehensive, collaborative project intended to improve estuarine water quality in 70 embayments along the southeastern Massachusetts coastline. At the meeting, MassDEP staff will present a draft Total Maximum Daily Load for limiting nitrogen to the amounts that the waterbodies can absorb without violating water-quality standards and impairing uses. The public comment period ends Oct. 13. Written comments can be submitted to: Barbara Kickham, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Watershed Management, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606. Electronic format comments should be sent to barbara.kickham@state.ma.us.

Earlier Event: September 10
Hope & Main Schoolyard Market
Later Event: September 12
Public Workshop on Harmful Algae Blooms