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E&E News: YIMBY? Cape Cod welcomes first large U.S. offshore wind farm

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — When a developer proposed building an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound two decades ago, some of the fiercest opposition came from Cape Cod residents.

Yesterday, they struck a different tone, welcoming America’s first major offshore wind project ashore with open arms.

A 35-mile offshore transmission cable serving Vineyard Wind, a 62 turbine project planned in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, will land in Barnstable on the type of pristine sand beach that has long made Cape Cod a popular summer destination. But instead of fighting offshore wind, as the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) did from his compound in nearby Hyannis Port decades ago, local officials have welcomed Vineyard Wind.

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WCAI: Opponents ask: How many machine gun ranges does the state need?

WCAI: Opponents ask: How many machine gun ranges does the state need?

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.

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Cape Cod Times: Fort Devens is getting a new machine-gun range. Why didn’t JBCC officials mention it?

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.

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WCAI: A proposed machine gun range on the Cape has come under fire. A second in the state just got funded

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.

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Cape Cod Times: Improving water quality in ponds starting to gain momentum says panel at regional summit

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.

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Boston 25: Efforts underway to limit fertilizer use, curb dangerous algae blooms in lakes & ponds

Boston 25: Efforts underway to limit fertilizer use, curb dangerous algae blooms in lakes & ponds

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.

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