Cape Cod Commission Launches Harbor Management Project

Sesuit Harbor

BARNSTABLE – The Cape Cod Commission has launched a new effort to help local towns manage their harbors.

The harbor management practices project aims to help towns handle issues such as coastal resiliency, harbor maintenance, and capital funding.

“We’re looking at the harbors comprehensively across the Cape. It will help us better understand the needs of local communities as it relates not only to working harbors and harbor management but also to coastal resilience and the needs for local communities related to dredging,” said Kristi Senatori, the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission.

The Commission has selected Provincetown Harbor, Chatham’s Stage Harbor and Fish Pier, Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, Falmouth Inner Harbor and Woods Hole Harbor as the pilot areas for project.

Those harbors will provide officials with baseline data for the project. They will be evaluated with a series of elements in mind, such as infrastructure, operations revenues and costs, management challenges, revenues and risks to sea level rise and extreme weather events.

“We’re looking to identify economic and resource opportunities so that we can assist local communities with capital planning and investments related to harbor infrastructure,” Senatori said.

Senatori said one of the goals of the project is to evaluate the importance of harbor investments on Cape Cod, both for recreational and economic purposes.

The project is slated to begin this fall.






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