Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cape & Islands no-discharge area completes years-long quest to protect state waters

Several years ago, as a selectman for the Town of Sandwich, I played a small role in securing a no-discharge area (NDA) for a portion of Cape Cod Bay that includes the Sandwich Marina/East Boat Basin. Yesterday, I took part in a press conference where it was announced that the final pieces to the NDA designation in the state's ocean waters have been put in place.

We were joined by federal, state, county and local officials in Hyannis for the announcement. Read the press release by clicking here.

About $16 million in infrastructure improvements have been made in this latest round of establishing NDAs, funding of which comes from permits issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Although our senior senator interjected a number of remarks about partisanship in Washington, D.C., throwing several barbs at the Republican Party, the rest of us steered clear of his rhetoric and applauded the efforts of the staffs from the U.S. EPA Region 1 the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Sarah Colvin, producer of Barnstable Today, did a nice job editing out the unnecessary comments in the video at the bottom of this post.

From left to right: Eric Shufelt, Town of Barnstable Marina Manager; Tom Lynch,
Barnstable Town Manger; State Representative Randy Hunt; Stefanie Coxe,
District Representative for Congressman Bill Keating; Curt Spalding, New England
Region Administrator for the U.S. EPA; State Senator Dan Wolf; Secretary Rick
Sullivan (speaking), Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental
Affairs; and U.S. Senator John Kerry.

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