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Friends of Herring River

In 1909, the Town of Wellfleet and the State of Massachusetts built a dike at the mouth of the Herring River to dry out a wetland and get rid of a plague of mosquitos. 

It worked, and tourism flourished. But there was a cost. Water quality in the estuary got worse. Shellfish beds disappeared. And migratory fish couldn’t reach their spawning ponds.


Drivers in Provincetown know that getting around in a car or truck can be tricky, especially during peak tourist season in summer. Roads in the Cape's outermost town are narrow, and parking spaces are hard to find. It's for this reason that Provincetown Selectmen asked the Cape Cod Commission to do a comprehensive traffic circulation study.
WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with the Commission's technical services director, Glenn Cannon, about what the plan entails.

An Act Relative to Sex Offenders

Nov 21, 2015





There’s a new proposal in the Massachusetts legislature that aims to restrict where Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders can loiter. It’s called an ‘Act Relative to Child Safety Zones’. 

Buttonwood Park Zoo

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with journalists about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Andy Tomolonis of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Caitlyn Russell of The Register (Dennis-Yarmouth); Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle.


The Barnstable County Sheriff's office will soon become the only department in the region with a specially-equipped boat that can detect radiation and other threats.  

The Sheriff’s office is buying the boat with a $450,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. That means the boat comes with certain stipulations on how and when it can be used.  

How many things can you do with a turnip? There’s one good way to find out. Saturday is the 12th annual Turnip Festival in Eastham. 

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has its own way to give thanks at this time of year and will hold that event on Saturday. More info.

J. Junker

On The Point, we discuss the challenges of balancing the needs of the homeless with the economic and social needs of the larger community. Hyannis, with a homeless shelter located close to Main Street, is faced with long running concerns about this balance.  That's according to downtown business owners and community leaders.

This Thanksgiving I’m going to give a toast to all the nomads in my life - the travellers, the road warriors. The sojourners, seekers, and the strays.

Tony Morris / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

There is a smallish gull that spends the winter in considerable numbers east and south of Nantucket along the edges of the Continental shelf. Occasionally they occur in near-shore waters and they can even be abundant in winter in Nantucket Sound. 


The Cape Cod National Seashore has released a lengthy plan designed to protect endangered shorebirds at the Seashore. The plan includes selectively killing or removing predators that threaten the birds -- an initiative that's been controversial in the past.