Edgartown Faces Big Wastewater Expenses

Edgartown is weighing the costs of expensive septic changes as the town’s wastewater treatment facility falters and the Island’s water quality continues to decline.

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After Slow Start, County Searches for Septic Grant Applicants

After months of work to set up a new program to help Islanders replace their aging septic systems, Dukes County officials say they are struggling to attract enough interested applicants. 

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New Wastewater Rules Arrive in Tisbury as Part of Islandwide Plan

When the new year arrived so did a set of costly septic regulations in Tisbury, with 1,500 home systems immediately subject to new rules from the town board of health.

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Tisbury Wastewater Superintendent Takes Mashpee Job

After three years at the helm, Jared Meader will depart from his role as Tisbury wastewater superintendent at the end of this week to take over the superintendent position in Mashpee.

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Wastewater Grants Pave Way for Housing Projects

The nearly $1 million in state grants awarded to Island towns last week to upgrade their wastewater systems will be a boon for planned affordable housing developments and potentially other large regional projects.

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Tisbury Tightens Septic Regulations

The Tisbury board of health last week approved changes to town wastewater regulations, widening the scope of conditions under which property owners must install advanced denitrification septic systems.

The new rules, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2024, apply only to properties in the Lagoon Pond and Lake Tashmoo watersheds, Tisbury health agent Maura Valley said at a public hearing Sept. 26.

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Prioritizing Island Health for More than 30 Years

Set to retire, Matt Poole reflects on his career as the Edgartown health agent.

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Towns Ready Themselves for Looming Wastewater Changes

As a tectonic shift in state wastewater regulations is under consideration by state officials, Island homeowners and towns are bracing for what could be millions of dollars in mandatory upgrades in the coming years.

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