An analysis by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod of the 2019 volunteer spring herring counts show the results to be a mixed bag containing both good and bad news. They indicate that river herring populations on Cape Cod have not recovered and still need protection as well as restoration of their habitat. Full Article
Answer: Title 5 septic systems are designed to protect public health by removing solids and bacteria from sewage. The design does not remove nitrogen and phosphorus, which are the nutrients that are causing poor water quality in our ponds and embayments.
Solids are collected in the septic tank and the remaining liquid flows into the leaching field which soaks into the ground, ultimately reaching groundwater. This liquid contains high concentrations of dissolved nitrogen and some phosphorus, among other things put down the drain.
The nitrogen and phosphorus-rich liquid percolates down through soil to the groundwater that flows into our ponds and embayments. On Cape Cod, septic systems are the major source of excess nutrients contributing to poor water quality, followed by fertilizers and stormwater runoff.
What is your town doing about its wastewater problem? See State of the Waters Action Plan to see what needs to be done.
A section of the Santuit River that zigzags behind houses in a wooded area in Mashpee has turned bright green, causing an uproar among residents.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s going to take a public uprising about water quality, whether it’s Santuit (Pond)or other places as well, to create the political will necessary for towns to take the hard steps needed to solve these problems,” said Andrew Gottlieb, a Mashpee selectman who is also executive director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Full Article
A cyanobacteria bloom that has plagued Santuit Pond since early summer continues to pose a health risk to wildlife, pets and humans. Full Article
“Screening chemicals for breast cancer risk: Anew tool for improving chemical safety testing and developing safer products,” Ruthann Rudel, Director of Research, Toxicology and Risk Assessment
What: Environmental Health and Prevention Science – A Research Update
Who: Silent Spring Institute
When: December 11th, 2019 12:00-1:30 PM (lunch will be served)
Where: Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (directions)
For more information, contact: Cheryl Osimo firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 246-3047
For more information on cyanobacteria monitoring on the Cape, visit www.APCC.org/cyano.
APCC’s executive director, Andrew Gottlieb, announces the release of the State of the Waters: Cape Cod 2019 report. Most of the Cape’s embayments and ponds have water quality problems.
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