Town of Nantucket, MA
Nantucket County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Nantucket 4-12-1999 by Art. 70, approved 8-10-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 139.

§ 99-1 Purpose.

[Amended 4-15-2003 ATM by Art. 64, approved 7-22-2003]
It is hereby resolved and declared that Nantucket and Madaket Harbors are valuable environmental, economic, recreational, and aesthetic resources.

§ 99-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MADAKET HARBOR WATERSHED
The area constituting the watershed for Madaket Harbor, as described in a technical report entitled “Nantucket Water Resources Management Plan”, 1990, by Horsley, Witten, Hegemann, Inc., and as delineated on a map entitled “Madaket Harbor Watershed”, Nantucket GIS, dated January, 2003.
[Added 4-15-2003 ATM by Art. 64, approved 7-22-2003]
NANTUCKET HARBOR WATERSHED
The area constituting the watershed for Nantucket Harbor, as described in a technical report entitled "Nantucket Water Resources Management Plan," 1990, by Horsley, Witten, Hegemann, Inc., and as delineated on a map entitled "Nantucket Harbor Watershed," Nantucket GIS, dated January, 1999.

§ 99-3 Strategies and activities within watersheds.

[Amended 4-15-2003 ATM by Art. 64, approved 7-22-2003]
A. 
The Nantucket and Madaket Harbor Watersheds encompass those areas of the Town, based on the definition of the Harbors’ watersheds, within which human activities may affect the quality of the waters of Nantucket and Madaket Harbors.
B. 
It is in the public interest to delineate the boundaries of the Nantucket and Madaket Harbor Watersheds, thus providing a frame of reference for diverse, multijurisdictional strategies and activities which promote the purposes of this section. In the future, these activities might include structural improvements (i.e., dredging or other activities to enhance water circulation, extension of sanitary sewers/package treatment facilities to mitigate septic discharges, the retrofit of storm drainage systems to reduce nutrient loading, and the development of planning contingencies and improvements devised to support spill containment), and regulatory activities, such as public health regulations. Open space preservation activities, such as land acquisition and implementation of conservation restrictions, by the Land Bank Commission and other governmental and nonprofit entities are encouraged within the watershed, because they reduce the land use impacts which can degrade the water quality of these Harbors. It is also important that educational strategies devised to inform the public of ways to preserve the Harbors’ water quality have defined watersheds as frames of reference.

§ 99-4 Applicability.

Nothing in this chapter shall have any effect upon or applicability to the Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Nantucket (Nantucket Code, Chapter 139), nor shall this chapter regulate expressly or impliedly any land use or operate in any manner as a land use regulation.