TAKE ACTION FOR A BETTER CAPE COD

The quality of groundwater directly affects the quality of the Cape’s coastal inlets, ponds and drinking water.

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79% of Cape Cod's coastal inlets have unacceptable water quality.

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42% of the ponds for which we have data have unacceptable water quality.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The Problem

Nutrient pollution from septic system wastewater.

What You Can Do

If using an on-site septic system, maintain it properly by having it pumped regularly—every three years is recommended. Consider an advanced wastewater treatment system to treat nutrients.

The Problem

Household chemicals leaching into groundwater, ponds & waterways.

What You Can Do

Don’t dump contaminants down house drains. Household chemicals, paints, thinners, solvents, pharmaceuticals and other hazardous materials can leach into groundwater and pollute ponds & waterways. Properly dispose of hazardous wastes during designated Barnstable County household hazardous waste collection days at local transfer stations.

The Problem

Household chemicals leaching into groundwater, ponds & waterways.

What YOU can do

Don’t dump contaminants down house drains. Household chemicals, paints, thinners, solvents, pharmaceuticals and other hazardous materials can leach into groundwater and pollute water bodies. Properly dispose of hazardous wastes during designated Barnstable County household hazardous waste collection days at local transfer stations.

The Problem

Nutrient pollution from fertilizers and pesticides.

What You Can Do

Go natural! Avoid using fertilizers and pesticides on your property. Make it a Cape Cod lawn. Reduce lawn area. Plant more native species.

Action is needed now

Individual actions by homeowners and businesses—both by the actions you take on your property and by making sure your voice is heard in the local decision-making process—can make a difference in the protection of Cape Cod’s water resources.

Association to Preserve Cape Cod
482 Main St., Dennis, MA 02638
508-619-3185
www.apcc.org
waters@apcc.org
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