Natural Resources Department

(Formerly Health & Environment)

Shellfish UpdateClosure

“Beginning at sunrise, Monday, August 13th, the shellfish closure affecting Ryder’s Cove (SC-56), Crows Pond (SC-55), Bassing Harbor (SC-54), and Pleasant Bay (SC-53) due to excessive rainfall will be lifted and the areas will revert to their former status. Persons shellfishing should check local signage to ensure the area they are shellfishing is open.”

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) brings together those Town departments having a significant role in the protection of public health, protection of the natural environment, and the management of marine resources, waterways, and marine infrastructure of Chatham. The Department is comprised of Coastal Resources, Conservation Division, Harbormaster Division, Health Division, Shellfish, and the Water Quality Laboratory. Department staff serve as liaisons to the Aunt Lydia's Cove Committee, Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Shellfish Advisory Committee, South Coastal Harbor Management Plan Committee, and Waterways Committee.

The DNR maintains a close working relationship with the Department of Community Development as many projects involve jurisdiction and permitting that affect both departments. Staff in the DHE play an integral role in many ongoing town projects such as: the Comprehensive Wastewater (Nutrient) Management Plan; North Beach Management Plan; Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan; Stage Harbor Comprehensive Harbor Management Plan; Nitrogen Loading Regulations; the management of conservation lands and coastal and marine resources and infrastructure.

Department Customer Service Statement: “We are committed to maintaining the health and welfare of the citizens of Chatham while preserving, and enhancing where possible, Chatham’s unique natural environment within the confines of state and town regulations, codes, and policies and will endeavor to administer these rules in a fair and impartial manner.”

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Robert Duncanson, Ph.D Director (508) 945-5165