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The trees have leafed out across the Cape, islands and SouthCoast. In past years, those green leaves were quickly eaten up by gypsy and winter moths. WCAI's Kathryn Eident visited with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologyst Larry Dapsis to learn if we might see the same results this year.

After 20 Years, Losing a Beloved Home to the Ocean

May 24, 2018
Samantha Fields

Meryden Kirby and her husband Bruce were not home the night of March 2nd, when the ocean pulled the foundation out from under their house.

They had heard the forecast, and knew they should leave.

Their home of 20 years, on Wood Avenue in Sandwich, was perched right on Town Neck – a beach that has eroded away dramatically in recent years. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter about the week's biggest news on Beacon Hill. This week, they talk about the Senate's budget process, the so-called Red Flag bill, and other legislation of interest. 

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Massachusetts made a big step forward in its push to rely more on renewable energy by agreeing to purchase 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from Vineyard Wind. The New Bedford-based company was one of three competing for a contract with the state. The proposed farm is poised to become the largest offshore wind farm in the country. 

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The Massachusetts Senate recently passed a series of amendments in a supplemental budget aimed at shoring up the state's finances for the rest of the fiscal year. That included an amendment filed by Cape Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) to provide a more consistent source of funding for police departments to provide officer training.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more.

 

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Massachusetts is gearing up for the creation of the state's first offshore wind farm. If proposals are accepted, the state could soon be home to the largest offshore wind facility in the country.

 

 

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The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel met on Thursday to vote on new recommendations they will send to the state regarding the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The plant has been plagued by outages in the last year and is scheduled to be shut down next May.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Chatham's Board of Selectmen has been pressuring U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-Mass.) to continue his efforts to return a stretch of ocean off the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to state and local control. Those waters were put under federal control when officials redrew boundaries in 2016, impacting some areas used for fishing. Chatham selectmen say efforts seem to have stalled, and even went as far as to put out a call to action to residents last week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Morning Edition Producer Hayley Fager to learn more. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has indicated he'd like to make some changes to a sweeping criminal justice bill he signed last month.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other happenings on Beacon Hill, in their weekly segment. 

What Can You Do If Your Well Turns Salty?

May 17, 2018

 

Sometimes a saltwater incursion in the aquifer flushes itself out. But if it doesn’t look like your well is clearing out, Hillary Greenberg-Lemos, from Wellfleet’s Health and Conservation department, recommends the following steps:

After the Storm, a Salty Well

May 17, 2018
Pien Huang

 

In the first week of February, Peter McMahon had the worst morning. He tried to make coffee with his tap water—and realized it was salt water.

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With its rushing current and ever-changing tides, the Cape Cod Canal has become the country’s first test site for a new kind of renewable energy source. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative hope that soon they'll be able to add tidal energy to the list of renewable energy sources, and the canal could be the place where companies test prototypes. 

Samantha Fields

The repeated damage caused by intensifying storms and coastal erosion is an issue facing many towns across the Cape region. Last week, Sandwich voters said it's worth $2 million to rebuild the town's marquee structure, even without any assurances about how long it'll last, or how well it'll hold up to the next storm.  

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U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) announced last week that the House passed a bill to speed up the process of moving spent nuclear fuel off local sites, like the Pilgrim Plant in Plymouth, to a federal holding facility.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Keating about this legislation, and about his efforts to help New Bedford fishermen in the so-called Codfather's fishing fleet get federal permission to start fishing again.

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Rabies vaccination for raccoons has begun on the Cape. It's part of a bi-annual effort run by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cape Cod Rabies Taskforce to keep rabies in check. 

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