News From the Nantucket Land Council
The Nantucket Land Council has partnered with the Nantucket Shellfish Association, the Maria Mitchell Association, and 14 other organizations and entities to form the Clean Water Coalition. The purpose of the Coalition is to come together with the Town around a common goal of preserving clean water for Nantucket.
According to the Coalition’s announcement earlier in September, it is calling upon the town and the community to take action to preserve clean water through the following measures:
- Fertilizer Management: Support and facilitate amendments and improvements to the Nantucket Fertilizer Best Management Practices and Regulations – including implementation of the education, licensing, and enforcement programs.
- Wastewater Management: Support and implement wastewater management improvements – including timely hookups of new sewer extensions, enforcing existing septic inspection and upgrades in nutrient-sensitive areas, and evaluating the need for designation of additional watersheds as sensitive areas.
- Stormwater Management: Review, update and implement a Stormwater Management Plan – including reestablishing a timeline for infrastructure improvements in the Harbor watershed and the promulgation of Stormwater Management Regulations.
In addition to the three founding organizations, the Nantucket Clean Water Coalition identified “fellow supporters” including the following groups: the Nantucket Shellfish Association Fishermen’s Council; The Nantucket Land Bank; Great Harbor Yacht Club Foundation; Nantucket Conservation Foundation; Linda Loring Nature Foundation; Mass Audubon; Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket; Nantucket Chamber of Commerce; Sustainable Nantucket; UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station; and ACKlimate. (source)