Cape Cod is connected by water. The groundwater we depend on for drinking water also fills our nearly 1,000 freshwater ponds, part of an extensive water network, many of these ponds drain to over 40 freshwater rivers and streams that discharge to 53 estuaries along 559 miles of coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay.
So, how healthy are our waters? What do we know about the quality of the Cape’s waters and what don’t we know? With funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod set out to answer these questions by gathering and evaluating existing water quality data and then making this information available to the public. APCC’s executive director, Andrew Gottlieb will share the findings and explain “STATE OF THE WATERS: Cape Cod.”
The waters of the Cape are fundamentally unhealthy. That is the top-line summary of the just-released State of the Waters: Cape Cod Report by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, which held its annual meeting and discussed the report’s data Tuesday night in Dennis. Full Article
More than two-thirds of Cape Cod’s embayments, or shoreline indentations, and one-third of its freshwater ponds have serious water quality issues, a new report finds. Full Article
It has been 18 years since Massachusetts took the first steps to evaluate and restore 70 coastal bays and estuaries in the southeastern portion of the state. By now, many on Cape Cod are familiar with the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, if only for the daily limits on nitrogen flowing into water bodies that scientists determined were needed to restore them to a healthy ecosystem for fishing, swimming and marine life. Full Article
Two-thirds of coves, inlets and similar water bodies known as embayments, and one-third of ponds on the Cape, have unacceptably low water quality, according to a new report from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC). Full Article
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