Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Edgartown Takes Steps to Keep Harbor Pumps Open This Summer

With gas pumps once again locked and in violation of environmental regulations, R.M. Packer Co. and the town of Edgartown have come to a short-term agreement.

Water Order Lifted, State Road and Chilmark Tavern Okay to Open

Owners of two up-Island restaurants said they were complying with state regulations following a bad water test that led to their closure late last week.

The state department of environmental protection ordered the drinking water shut off at the Chilmark Tavern and State Road Restaurant after total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria were found in routine water samples from the restaurants.

Contractor Fined in Wetlands Case

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has levied a heavy fine against an Edgartown contractor who did the work on a Mink Meadows project last year that violated state and local wetlands laws.

In an administrative consent order issued June 29, Steve Handy of Handy Trucking and Bobcat Service was fined $11,000 by the DEP for the unpermitted dredging and filling work. Mr. Handy was ordered by the DEP to pay $4,500; the balance of the $11,000 fine will be suspended for three years as long as there are no further violations.

Edgartown Great Pond Nitrogen Levels Lead to New Sewer Rules

Island authorities must radically cut nitrogen pollution in the Edgartown Great Pond, state officials told a public hearing Wednesday at Edgartown town hall about the final report from the Massachusetts Estuaries Project.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection held the hearing to discuss the pond’s nitrogen problems and the requirement for a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan to limit nitrogen seeping into it.

Senator O’Leary Confirms Standoff Over Key Study

A continuing contractual dispute between the state Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is delaying efforts to clean coastal waters all over the Cape and Islands, and must be solved quickly, state Sen. Robert O’Leary said yesterday.

The 11-month standoff has left towns without important data, compiled under the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, documenting the health and particularly the nutrient loading of their estuaries, bays and ponds. The information is needed for remediation and planning.

State Finds Lead in the Water; Edgartown Posts Health Alert

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has found elevated levels of lead in two samples of the Edgartown water supply, a violation of state clean drinking water standards.

The violation forces the Edgartown water department to perform additional testing on the public water supply and to inform the public of the violation. An advertisement alerting residents to the violation and paid for by the town appears in today's edition of the Gazette.

State Lists Alleged Violations at Home of Wastewater Chief

State Lists Alleged Violations at Home of Wastewater Chief


An investigation underway by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has found nine alleged violations of state environmental codes on property in Oak Bluffs owned by Joseph N. Alosso, chief operator of two municipal sewage treatment plants on the Island and former board of health chairman in Oak Bluffs.