Over the past several years, Towns have requested assistance from the Commission to help illustrate the economic value of their harbors to help justify dredging and capital improvement funding to their community and decision-makers. Through the Harbor Study, the Commission will develop a replicable model for assessing the economic and financial value of the region's harbors, starting with six pilot harbors in four towns:
- Provincetown Harbor
- Fish Pier and Stage Harbor, Chatham
- Sesuit Harbor, Dennis
- Inner Harbor and Great Harbor, Falmouth
As a result of the project, towns should be able to better evaluate the benefits of maintaining their harbors and, as needed, stimulate long-term capital planning to the region's harbor resources. The project will provide resources to towns balancing the maintenance and/or enhancement of harbor assets given financial constraints and changing environmental conditions due to sea level rise and climate change.