Dead Neck/Sampson’s Island Restoration Update

In the Matter of Three Bays Preservation, Inc. and Massachusetts Audubon Society, Docket No. 2017-020

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Presiding Officer has ruled in favor of Three Bays Preservation, Inc. in an 84-page ruling. DEP Commissioner Suuberg now has 30 days to adopt and certify this decision. Contact Barnstable Clean Water Coalition HERE to see a copy of this Recommended Final Decision. Counsel advises that once certified, phase 1 dredging could begin on October 15th as the permits allow.

Among the many benefits of this restoration project, water quality, in Cotuit Bay, is expected to improve by three to seven percent. Great for people and birds! To date this permitting process has taken over six years at a cost of over one million dollars.

Shellfishing Reopens Friday in Cotuit Bay!


UPDATE: July 12, 2018

Areas recently closed will “REOPEN TO SHELLFISHING” as of sunrise on July 13, 2018

See Update Notice HERE

EMERGENCY NOTICE Due to vandalism of the port a potty at the Cotuit Town Dock, as of noon July 5, 2018 the Cotuit Bay area is CLOSED TO ALL HARVEST OF SHELLFISH until further notice. More Information call  508-790-6272 8:30a-4:15p, M-F

“The waters and flats and all tributaries of Cotuit Bay in the Town of Barnstable, West of a line drawn between the Eastern most extremity of Handy Point and the Eastern most extremity of Bluff Point.”

See Notice HERE