Meetings are held remotely. From wellfleet-ma.gov, hover over a date on the calendar on the right of the screen and click on the meeting you’re interested in to open its agenda and find out how to view and take part remotely.
Thursday, March 25
- School Committee Superintendent Search Subcommittee, 10:15 a.m.
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 26
- Bike and Walkways Committee, 9 a.m.
Monday, March 29
- Dredging Task Force, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30
- Elections: Districtwide Nauset Regional H.S. Project and Special Town Election, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Curley Report Revisited
The Natural Resources Advisory Board (NRAB) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) hope to replicate a 1972 survey of marine resources in Wellfleet Harbor. Owen Nichols, director of marine fisheries research at the CCS, and John Riehl, chair of NRAB, presented the proposed project at the Shellfish Advisory Board meeting on March 17, and the board voted to support it.
The original survey, known as the Curley Report, was conducted by the Mass. Div. of Marine Fisheries and involved systematic sampling and inventorying of species. The authors recommended replicating the study every 10 years. Now, nearly 50 years later, the NRAB is drafting a warrant article seeking funds for the project at town meeting this spring.
As recommended in the March 2021 Harbor Management Plan, the year-long project would investigate the flora and fauna in the harbor. This would, as written in the draft article, establish a “basis for future actions to preserve and enhance this environment.”
The survey would develop a framework for long-term monitoring, said Nichols. In planning the project, they are seeking input from the community to determine which questions should be asked. “As we plan this project, you will have a say in what happens,” said Riehl. —Tessera Knowles-Thompson