New Reports from the Pleasant Bay Alliance

The Pleasant Bay Alliance has announced the release of   Guidelines for Erosion Management in Pleasant Bay  to assist property owners, Conservation Commissions and design professionals with evaluating options for managing shoreline erosion in Pleasant Bay.  The guidelines seek to ensure that selected measures provide a means for property owners to manage erosion while sustaining the natural process of sediment erosion, transport and deposition needed for a healthy coastal system.

The Pleasant Bay Alliance received a $250,000 from US EPA’s Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants. The funds will be used to implement activities under the Pleasant Bay Watershed Permit.  Restore America’s Estuaries, the organization that administers the grants, announced the award at an event on September 24th.The Pleasant Bay Alliance and member towns received a  2018 Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office.

MA Department of Environmental Protection has issued the first-of-its kind Watershed Permit to the four Pleasant Bay towns.  Read the MA DEP media release  here.  Click on the following link to learn more about the Pleasant Bay Watershed Permit  and to access documents related to the permit.

The Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan 2018 Update, approved by Town Meeting Voters in Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans is available here: Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan Update 2018 (revised 2020)



The Pleasant Bay Alliance is a municipal organization formed by the Towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster to coordinate the resource management plan for the Pleasant Bay ACEC and watershed. The Alliance’s projects, programs and studies promote healthy natural resources and safe public access throughout Pleasant Bay.

Alliance programs encompass technical research, policy analysis, and public outreach in the areas of coastal processes, watershed planning, navigation, fisheries, wetlands protection, and water quality monitoring.

The Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan “continues to serve as an example of how other ACECs and communities across the Commonwealth can cooperatively plan for and protect sensitive natural resources.”  Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretarial approval of the 2008 Plan Update