Comprehensive Wastewater Management Planning Committee
January 10, 2012
Members Present: Alex Hay, Lezli Rowell, Ned Hitchcock, Curt Felix, Hillary Greenberg
Others Present: Mike Scherer, Paul Gabriel, Ann Marie Petrica, Lisa Goyer (EPG)
Andy Koch, Tim King, Paul Sieloff
Meeting started with introductions.
Mike Scherer reviewed the data from the YSI Sonde that records water quality data every 15 minutes. The sonde was removed from the water last month to protect it from the harsh winter environment. DO and Chlorophyll levels were closely evaluated as they are some of the indicators used to determine eutrophication. In September the DO levels were low <6 and the Chlorophyll levels high >10. It is expected that levels would be worse during prime summer months. Weekly means, daily means, and monthly means were reviewed and analyzed. Data from PlaceNameplaceProvincetown PlaceTypeCenter for Coastal Studies were also compared with data collected from the Sonde and estuary water sampling program. This analysis will be used as baseline data going forward. Scherer felt
there was a positive correlation between Chlorophyll and Nitrogen. Chlorophyll above 10 is higher than the EPA guidelines and DO below 6 is below DEP guidelines. Scherer will research the EPA guidelines and report back to the Committee on how these guidelines were set and in what type of environment.
The Oyster Spawning Project will be reviewed by Annamarija Frankic and her work supplied to the Committee and also incorporated into the report from Mike Scherer.
Mayo Creek appears to be an area discharging nutrients into the harbor. Any level of salt marsh restoration will aid in improvements in water quality. Grants will be needed to move this program forward and collaboration will also be needed in the future.
There was a discussion on how to maintain the oyster sanctuary and possibly prohibit the taking of shellfish until the reef is better established and the project is well underway. Koch would support placing more culch in the study area and also keeping it closed to the taking of shellfish. High relief is better for the oyster population and growth hence better water quality. As the oysters grow they will filter more water. Knowing the minimum and maximum population of oysters to maintain and improve water quality will be very important as we move forward.
Wastewater Feasibility Study
A new chart and photo were passed around depicting the different wastewater options and revisions requested at the last meeting. The cost table was reviewed and the costs have jumped to 628,350.00 for the placePlaceNameMayo PlaceTypeBeach bathhouse, Bakers Field bathroom additions, Shellfish office, and the addition of bathrooms in the beach sticker building. Discussion ensued on the location of the shellfish office and the idea of incorporating public education and outreach. The designs and costs are still very conceptual and need to be further refined as we move towards a plan for Town Meeting. February 3, 2012 is the cut off date for warrant articles. The next meetings of the BOS are January 24, February 14 and 28. The TA will mention to the Select Board tonight that the Wastewater
Committee hopes to get an article on the spring town meeting warrant and provide an analysis of alternatives to the board and the public within weeks. Wastewater will meet with building needs committee next week and then the finance committee after that. Alex Hay will try to attend the Board Of Selectmen’s meeting tonight to talk to the Board in open session. Paul Gabriel will break down the costs for the each portion of the different options and return this to the Committee in time for our next meeting.
Wastewater Committee will hold its next meeting on January 17, 2012 at 2:30 to discuss the revised plans.
The database is done in arcview. The files from the Health Department were reviewed and wastewater information from the files has been entered electronically. The Committee reviewed different queries to see the programs capabilities.
Curt Felix moved to support the remote participation at public meetings. Unanimous approval of motion.
Ned Hitchcock moved to approved the minutes 12/27/11; Second by Alex Hay, Unanimous approval minus Rowell.
Meeting Adjourned 5:00pm
Christine A. Bates