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Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouthto Discuss DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership


Proposed Changes to Coastal Barrier Resources System in DE, MA, NH, and NJ

Received today, changes in West Dennis around West Dennis Beach; Chase Garden Creek/Chapin Beach; “Nobscussett Harbor”; and Quivett Creek.

Dear Stakeholder,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a notice in the
Federal Register on March 12, 2018 (83 FR 10739), to announce
the availability of draft revised boundaries for 148 Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) units (112 existing units and 36 proposed new units) located in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey for public review and comment. The proposed
boundaries are accessible via the CBRS Projects Mapper at Additional information related to the proposed changes and instructions for providing comments and participating in virtual public meetings are available at

The proposed boundaries were produced through a multi-year effort funded by the Department of the Interior to comprehensively modernize the maps of the CBRS for nine states most affected by Hurricane Sandy. A public review for the remaining
five states is planned for late 2018. The modernization effort will correct mapping errors affecting property owners; add new qualifying areas to the CBRS; and provide more accurate and accessible CBRS data and maps.

We invite you to review the draft boundaries and provide input to the Service during the 120-day public comment period that will close on July 10, 2018. You may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

  • By hard copy: Submit by mail or hand–delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0004; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike,
    MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041-3808.

Following the close of the public comment period, the Service will make any appropriate changes and then prepare final recommended maps for Congressional consideration. The final recommended maps will become effective only if they are adopted
by Congress through legislation.

If you have any questions concerning this effort, please contact us at


Terri Fish

Program Specialist

Ecological Services

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

5275 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, Virginia 22041

From the Marshfield Coastal Coalition


As predicted, the March 2018 Nor’easter has caused extensive damage to many of our communities. From undermined homes, damaged seawalls, and flooded neighborhoods, our coastal areas have suffered damage unseen in many years.

The most important step is a strong recovery. The MCC has some recommendations for you to recover. Read this BEFORE you start cleanup:

Read this BEFORE you start cleanup:

Take photos of what was lost BEFORE you clean up.

-Contact your insurance agent right away- You have 60 days to file your proof of loss

-If your building is substantially damaged, contact your community for assistance.

-Decks are not covered under a flood policy.

-If you have a home that was flooded, secure it! More storms are coming, and some items may be excluded if you allow water to continue to damage the building.

-Disaster assistance is only available if we get a Presidential disaster declaration.

-Remember: A loss within 10 days of each other are considered the same loss.

The MCC has developed two great tools for you:

-Our post disaster resource guide: CLICK HERE


-Our ins and outs to filing a flood insurance claim: CLICK HERE


-There is a suspension of some requirements for cleanup under DEP (check with your community first). The guidance form DEP is here:CLICK HERE


In the coming months, the MCC will be doing a series of state wide outreaches to assist with this issue.

Affordable Housing Needs and March 5th Planning Board Hearing

The following is some background information being shared with the Planning Board for the hearings on March 5th.

The Town adopted a plan to meet our affordable housing goals last year. The plan addresses meeting our affordable housing goals.

In addition, the Cape Cod Commission has prepared a report on the region’s shortfall in affordable housing. Dennis has a shortfall in affordable rental housing for the local work force.

Work force housing needs to be reemphasized over and over in the affordable housing discussion. The table above illustrates, in red, all the professions in Barnstable County that has an average pay scale that falls BELOW the $54,400 income level, the level for earning 80% of the county’s median income.

These two graphics show that, if you work on Cape Cod, you probably cannot afford to live here.

Another point, the three fields in yellow above, represent 60% of our labor force. Retail, accommodations and health care. Three areas critical to our tourist economy and our aging population, CANNOT afford to live on Cape Cod.

I will let these last few go with no comment.