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Past Events

Date: October 15, 2020
Time: Anytime

Due to Covid-19 the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Ocean Conservancy have decided to cancel Coastsweep 2020! Friends of Chatham Waterways usually sponsors Coastsweep locally and coordinates the volunteers and trash removal effort. While a bit disappointed, we are not discouraged! In lieu of the official 2020 Coastsweep event, FCW would still like to encourage our volunteers to head out and clean up Chatham's waterways during the remaining part of September through the month of October. There will not be any data cards from the Ocean Conservancy to fill out this year to record debris results, nor will there be disposable gloves or bags available from the CZM to collect the trash, but there is still a need to clean up our local beaches. Please consider spending a few hours along a section of our waterways and help pitch in! Send us a picture or post to your social media to share your efforts!
Please use your own gloves and bags and be sure to observe Covid-19 mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. Hopefully we will see you in 2021 for the next official Coastsweep event and thank you again for your efforts this fall!

Date: September 12, 2020

FCW's Coastsweep beach cleanup is annually held in mid September in conjunction with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers collect trash from 21 shoreline sites in Chatham and record their findings on data cards provided by the Ocean Conservancy

CZM will determine the actual Coastsweep date in early August. To volunteer for this year's cleanup, contact Coastsweep Coordinator Betsy Mosser at (For more detailed information, see "Coastsweep" page.)

2020 Annual Meeting
Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm

The virtual meeting, lasting about an hour, is free and open to both members and the general public.

Jeffrey Mason, President of FCW is the host and will introduce the keynote speaker; Jennifer Francis, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, who by popular demand is returning for an updated presentation on the question: How Does the Arctic Meltdown Affect Tropical Storms? A question period will follow.

This is a chance to learn from a world-renowned researcher about the science behind extreme weather patterns in the mid-latitudes where we live.

Dr. Francis presented her research about Arctic warming at the 2019 World Economic Forum. She is published extensively in scientific and educational journals and quoted in major newspapers across the country. Living or visiting Cape Cod and the Islands, we are on the front lines of climate change.

A brief FCW business meeting will precede Dr. Francis’ talk; with standing committee reports , and the annual prestigious Captain’s Award to the Reverend William C. Coleman, a FCW founding director.

To register: