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Private Organizations

Town of Harwich: Private Organizations

Harwich Conservation Trust
Long Pond Watershed Association

P.O. Box 101
South Harwich, MA 02661

PHONE: 508-432-3997

FAX: (508) 432-1311



Michael W. Lach, Executive Director
Robert F. Smith, Esq., President

HOURS: 9-5, Monday-Friday. Call for appointment to discuss or call to receive information about land conservation options (also available on website).

A private nonprofit land trust accepting land donations and monetary gifts as well as purchasing lands and holding conservation restrictions to preserve open space throughout the Town of Harwich. Approximately 300 acres have been protected since the Trust's founding in 1988. The Trust is a member of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. (

PUBLICATIONS: Newsletter (quarterly).

FEES: Annual Memberships $25 and up. Membership by land donation available.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Ongoing free educational presentations and guided field walks, please see website for latest schedule.

KEYWORDS: Conservation, Harwich, Land Conservation, Land Trusts, Wetlands, Wildlife

P.O. Box 1373
East Harwich, MA 02645

PHONE: Not available.

FAX: Not available.



CONTACTS (for Year 2003-2004:
Carroll Johnson, President (508-896-3920)
David Kimball, Vice President
Joyce Bearse, Secretary
Charles Parker, Treasurer

HOURS: No office hours. E-mail for information.

Organized in 1996, the Association is comprised of persons with an interest in the long-term protection of Long Pond, the largest great pond on Cape Cod, covering over 740 acres and split between the Towns of Brewster and Harwich. The Association strives to educate its members and the general public on issues that relate to water quality.

Organization is pursuing funds for treatment of the pond to eliminate algae blooms. Funds have been appropriated by the Towns of Harwich and Brewster. Additional funds being pursued from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


FEES: Annual membership, $25.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Biannual meetings, educational workshops.

KEYWORDS: Harwich, Brewster, Pesticides, Water Quality, Environment

Town Departments

Town of Harwich: Town Departments

Conservation Commission
Department of Natural Resources/Harbormaster
Health Department

Town of Harwich
Conservation Commission

Town Hall, 732 Main Street
Harwich, MA 02645

PHONE: (508) 430-7538

FAX: (508) 430-4703



CONTACTS: John chatham

HOURS: 8:30-4:00 Monday-Tuesday

The conservation commission is made up of seven appointed volunteers to acquire open space, administer and enforce the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, administer local protection bylaws, manage open space land, develop open space plans, initiate other conservation programs, advise town agencies on resource protection, participate in agriculture preservation and educate local citizens. The Commission sponsors an annual free distribution of evergreen seedlings to Harwich residents. Publications available include "Town of Harwich Conservation Restriction Program (available at Town Hall)," "Goals and Objectives, Harwich Conservation Commission, 1991" (available on request).

KEYWORDS: Acid Rain, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Coastal Management And Planning, Coastal Ponds, Coastal Recreation, Conservation, Educational Services For General Public, Erosion, Harwich, Land Conservation, Land Trusts, Natural Habitats, Oil Spills, Ports And Harbors, Public, Red Tide, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Safety Standards, Seafood, Shellfisheries, Water Quality, Water Resources, Wetlands, Wildlife

Town of Harwich
Dept. of Natural Resources/Harbormaster

P.O. Box 207
Harwichport, MA 02646

PHONE: (508) 430-7532

FAX: (508) 430-7535



Tom Leach, Harbormaster/Natural Resources Director
Heinz Proft, Assistant Harbormaster/Natural Resources Officer

HOURS: 24 hours/7 days (summer)

The Department of Natural Resources enforces the rules and regulations of fishing, shellfishing, and Wetlands Protection Act in the Town. The Department deals with marshland, docks, illegal dumping, and wildlife management programs. The Department has a harbor patrol. Department operates a shellfish laboratory at Wychmere Harbor raising quahog seed using an upweller system. Involved with Herring Run management, "Coast Sweep" efforts, and a phytoplankton monitoring program station. Manages the Harwich Water Quality Task Force. Also responsible for operation of Saquatucket Municipal Marina and Wychmere Town Fishing Pier. Member of the American Littoral Society.

KEYWORDS: Coastal Management And Planning, Coastal Ponds, Coastal Recreation, Commercial Fisheries, Conservation, Harwich, Natural Habitats, Ports And Harbors, Recreational Fisheries, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Shellfisheries, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Water Resources, Wetlands, Wildlife

Town of Harwich
Health Department

732 Main Street
Harwich, MA 02645

PHONE: (508) 430-7509

FAX: (508) 432-5039



CONTACTS: Paula J. Champagne, Health Director

HOURS: 8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday

The Board of Health enforces the Massachusetts General Laws, the state Sanitary Code, the state Environmental Code, and local health regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the location, construction and repair of septic systems, hazardous material storage and disposal, solid waste disposal, bathing water quality, private water supplies, private wells, and non- community public water supplies. The board regulates the use of pesticides/herbicides.

KEYWORDS: Educational Services For General Public, Harwich, Health, Regulatory Enforcement And Information, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Wetlands


Town of Harwich: Schools

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Harwich Elementary School
Harwich High School
Harwich Middle School
Holy Trinity School

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (Public)
Pleasant Lake Avenue, Rt. 124, Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 432-4500
(508) 432-7916-FAX
WWW: Not available
Principal: William Fisher
Librarian: Joseph Daigle
Science Dept. Coord.: Steve Berrick

Harwich Elementary School (Public)
263 South Street, Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 430-7216
(508) 430-7232-FAX
E-MAIL:,, or
Principal: Sam Hein
Librarian: Mary Ann Albertine
District Curriculum Coordinator: Dr. Ruth Joseph

Harwich High School (Public)
75 Oak Street,Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 430-7207
FAX: (508) 430-7903
Principal: Kevin Turner
Librarian: Deidre Whittemore
Science Dept. Coord.: Steve Kot

Harwich Middle School (Public)
214 Sisson Road, Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 430-7212
(508) 430-7230-FAX
Principal: Mary Childress
Librarian: Sylvia Merrill
Science Dept. Coord.:

Holy Trinity School (Diocesan)
245 Main Street, West Harwich, MA 02671
(508) 432-8216
(508) 432-9349-FAX
Principal: Linda Mattson
Science Dept. Coord.: Linda Mattson

Last updated: January 14, 2015

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