Proposed Bill Would Settle Cape Cod Refuge Dispute

Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony.
Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Massachusetts, has filed a bill that, if signed into law, could end a dispute between the town of Chatham, Massachusetts, the state and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over submerged land and nearby water at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, according to an article on

Fish and Wildlife had previously released plans claiming the agency controlled the disputed western boundary of the wildlife refuge in Chatham, which in the past has been under the care of the town and state, giving them power over fishing there.

Keating’s bill would settle the dispute in favor of the town and state.

Read about the proposed bill that would settle a dispute over submerged land on Cape Cod.