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The federal government is funding the construction of a nearly $8 million machine gun range on a military base northwest of Boston, adding fuel to local leaders’ insistence that another range is not needed on Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC).
“We’ve got one range ready to break ground, which nullifies the need for a second one,” said Barnstable County Commissioner Mark Forest.
Cape Cod Times: Fort Devens is getting a new machine-gun range. Why didn’t JBCC officials mention it?
The announcement of a $7.9 million contract to overhaul a machine-gun range at Fort Devens in Ayer has opponents of the proposed machine gun range at Joint Base Cape Cod asking why Massachusetts Army National Guard officials didn’t mention that range during the Cape proposal’s review process.
On Sept. 29, a Stoughton-based company was awarded a $7,933,000 construction contract “to modernize and redesign” an existing automated multi-purpose machine-gun range at Fort Devens, according to Jaz Levario, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area public information officer. The project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2023.
WCAI: A proposed machine gun range on the Cape has come under fire. A second in the state just got funded
As plans to build a machine gun range on Joint Base Cape Cod move forward amid ongoing opposition, the federal government has just awarded a construction contract to build a similar range at a military training site in Worcester County.
A representative for the Massachusetts Army National Guard said the range on Fort Devens will feature four lanes and primarily serve members of the Army Reserve —
compared to the Cape’s eight-lane range that will serve members of the Guard.
Cape Cod Times: Improving water quality in ponds starting to gain momentum says panel at regional summit
The health of local ponds or lakes is something Cape Cod residents and visitors take more personally than they do marine water bodies, Andrew Gottlieb, executive director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, said.
“People have a much more emotional, direct relationship … They talk about going to my pond,” observed Gottlieb speaking at an online forum on existing water quality in freshwater ponds and lakes Tuesday afternoon. The forum was part of this year’s OneCape Summit, hosted by the Cape Cod Commission on Monday and Tuesday.
Dozens of ponds and lakes around the state are closed right now due to dangerous algae blooms.
Look closely at the surface of Santuit Pond in Mashpee, and bright green specks floating on the water are clearly evident. That’s cyanobacteria to scientists but is generally referred to as algae by the rest of us.
Whatever it’s called, when it’s too plentiful, it upends the natural ecosystem of a body of water and puts it off-limits to people and their pets. Santuit Pond has been closed since May.
“Across our incredibly captivating shoreline, the waves roar in from the Atlantic while the tide rises and falls to reveal infinite stretches of sand on the bayside. This small yet mighty slice of paradise has attracted artists and intellectuals for centuries. Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod chronicled his wonder at this region in the 1850s. As Thoreau predicted in his book, “The time must come when this coast will be a place of resort for those New-Englanders who really wish to visit the sea-side… But this shore will never be more attractive than it is now.” As the tourists arrived a century later, confirming Thoreau’s prediction, President John F. Kennedy authorized the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore, protecting over 43,000 acres of land in 1961. Just a few years later, in 1968, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) was founded by a group of passionate individuals amidst a nationwide environmental movement.”
As Rebecca Miller waded into Mashpee’s Santuit Pond, mesh plankton net in hand, a vacationing couple walking a pair of dogs was retreating from the shoreline.
Like Miller, Matt Eastman and Alexis Parr are biologists, so they knew the importance of pulling the dogs back when they approached the pond’s gently lapping waters.
“Benni just tried to drink the water and I made sure to tell him not to,” Eastman said of the couple’s schnauzer mix. “I heard on the local news in Connecticut that with all the rain there are high bacteria levels.”
Eastman’s instinct was spot-on.
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For the first time in its long history of testing the water at public beaches, the town has partnered with an outside agency to help ensure that Cyanobacteria are kept at bay.
The Association To Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has already begun testing several of the town’s freshwater ponds for the bacteria that can poison humans and animals.
JOINT BASE CAPE COD — The Association to Preserve Cape Cod has filed a public records request for all communications sent by a general to federal, state and local elected officials, following an email he sent earlier this month.
Brig. Gen. Christopher Faux, the executive director of Joint Base Cape Cod, sent an email to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce threatening to withdraw military support from area businesses if the business community did not support a proposed machine-gun range at the base.
Boston Globe: General in charge of Joint Base Cape Cod threatens businesses who won’t publicly support a proposed machine gun range
In retaliation for the lack of vocal community support for a controversial machine gun range proposed for Joint Base Cape Cod, the commanding general has threatened to order the thousands of soldiers scheduled to visit the base every weekend this summer not to patronize local restaurants or other businesses.
In an e-mail this week to the deputy director of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Brigadier General Christopher M. Faux complained that the “only folks that speak up are naysayers, activists, and anti-military groups.”
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