- Dennis Advances Comprehensive Wastewater Plans

DENNIS ADVANCES COMPREHENSIVE WASTEWATER PLANS 

Wastewater Implementation Committee moves several key initiatives 

The Wastewater Implementation Committee (WIC) for the Town of Dennis announced a series of steps it has recently taken to further the implementation of Dennis’ wastewater management planning.  

On November 4th, the WIC held a successful Effluent Recharge Workshop with town department heads, as well as representatives from CDM Smith, GHD, and the Dennis Water District, to discuss further site screening criteria and to consider new sites and creative solutions to one of the most common challenges for any municipality.  

On November 8th, the most recent meeting of the WIC, members voted successfully to recommend Land Use Controls (LUCs), which are a requisite step to secure a favorable financing package from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) to the Select Board for consideration. 

On Monday of this week, the Town of Dennis successfully filed its Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), a document that assesses Dennis’ current and future wastewater needs. 

“All of the recent activity has been very positive, especially the fact that CDM Smith finally filed our Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) with MassDEP,” said Dennis WIC Chairwoman, Diane Chamberlain. “And as a result of the Select Board’s vote to allocate $700K in ARPA money to wastewater uses,” Chamberlain continued, “upcoming WIC meetings will be filled with evaluation of results from the hydrogeological survey of effluent recharge sites, reviewing the updated topographic survey, and the continued incorporation of our new wastewater expert, Russ Kleekamp of GHD, into Dennis’ team.” 

“After many years of research and due diligence the Town of Dennis has undergone, it is great to see our CWMP filed thanks to all of the hard work of municipal staff, CDM Smith, and the WIC, especially over the past few weeks. Everyone involved in Dennis’ commitment to preserving our water resources appreciates the tremendous progress,” said Chris Flanagan, Dennis Select Board Chair.  

It’s no mystery why protecting Dennis' water resources is important to year-round residents, our children, and seasonal visitors. Dennis, Massachusetts is blessed with expansive public beachfront, supports many boating and fishing activities, and draws visitors to our shores and businesses who relish eating our seafood and enjoying a wide range of family activities centered around our scenic saltwater and freshwater bodies of water. #OneWaterDennis