New Sewer Bills for Marine Life Center

COURTESY OF MICHAEL SPRAGUE/WELLFLEET AUDUBON A turtle who was found stranded along the shores of Cape Cod Bay is driven off Cape for rehabilitation.

COURTESY OF MICHAEL SPRAGUE/WELLFLEET AUDUBON
A turtle who was found stranded along the shores of Cape Cod Bay is driven off Cape for rehabilitation.

BUZZARDS BAY – The National Marine Life Center has not paid a sewer bill since the late 1990s, but Bourne selectmen have changed that.

The Town of Bourne had waived sewer fees for the non-profit 20 years ago, but town officials recently realized that continuing the waiver may have been a bureaucratic oversight.

National Marine Life Center Executive Director and President Kathy Zagzebski is a new member of the Bourne Wastewater Advisory Committee, which took up the waiver situation last week.

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Bourne Selectmen, who double as the Bourne Sewer Commission, recently learned of the fee situation and voted to begin collecting the fees from the marine life center, though not retroactively.

Zagzebski said the $730 annual bill will have an impact. She said the amount is approximately equivalent to what the center pays for a six-month diagnostic blood test treatments for one stranded turtle for a six-month stay.

She said they are accepting donations to continue to help marine animals.