2020 Census is Seeking Census Takers!
The local 2020 Census Complete Count Committee's mission entails promoting and engaging in effective methods of outreach and networking with various communities of year-round residents to facilitate the completion of the 2020 Census.
The CCC seeks to raise awareness across the island that the nationwide allocation of upwards of $22 federal billion government dollars is inextricably linked to census response results. These federal funds will directly and positively impact all of our year-round residents by funding critical programs (housing, education, healthcare, and transportation). Accurate census results also ensure equal political representation.
News from the Natural Resources Department
The Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department was awarded a $42,225 coastal resilience grant by Coastal Zone Management last month.
This grant will cover the preparation of engineered plans, filing permitting applications, and final construction costs for a project in Sesachacha Pond. The project area is in the south part of the Pond where a section of Polpis Road failed and was closed for a number of weeks two winters ago. It incorporates eco-friendly structures that serve as oyster habitat as well as wave attenuation. In addition, the coastal dune bank will be re-stabilized using native plants and marsh grass which will protect Polpis Road during storm events.
This project represents an innovative approach to shoreline stabilization and in pond water quality management while advancing the Town’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan goals of using nature-based techniques for protecting vulnerable roads and public access. The Town and the Natural Resources Department want to thank the Quidnet and Squam Homeowner’s Association which funded the preliminary in-pond surveys and helped move the project along.
Benthic Ecological Survey
Long-term benthic ecological monitoring programs are critical to understanding how human impacts are altering coastal ecosystems and evaluating the efficacy of shellfish population restoration work and initiatives aimed at mitigating environmental issues.
A benthic ecological survey had been conducted every September for nearly a decade (2006 - 2014) in Nantucket Harbor up until a few years ago by the Maria Mitchell Association (most recently led by Dr. Peter Boyce). Researchers from Cornell Cooperative Extension and Stony Brook University conducted a similar benthic ecological survey during September of 2019 and re-established an annual benthic ecological monitoring program, including the evaluation of seagrass coverage and the abundance of bay scallops, channeled whelk, and knobbed whelk.
This data will provide valuable insight into the relative distribution and abundance of these species and give us a snapshot of the ecosystem health of Nantucket Harbor during September of 2019. Arguably more importantly, we will be able to compare this data to data from benthic ecological surveys conducted from 2006 through 2014 to evaluate how these ecosystem parameters have changed over time and the effects of bay scallop restoration efforts and environmental impact mitigation measures. This project was generously funded though the Great Harbor Yacht Club’s Foundation Grant.
Waste Summit Follow-Up Sessions: Today - Hazardous Waste Collection
Public Works invites you to the Waste Summit Follow-Up Sessions: Hazardous Waste Collection. Today, Thursday, October 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm, in the PSF Training Room at 4 Fairgrounds Road.
Please join us for the Waste Summit follow-up sessions, which will focus on each of the Waste Summit topics in more depth.