Cape Cod’s water resources: Cape Cod Commission website on Water Resources. Visit: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/topic/water-resources/
Economic value of the blue economy:
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce website on economic value of Cape Cod’s tourism industry. Visit: http://www.whycapecod.org/stats.html
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Urban Harbors Institute, and Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, 2021. Port by Port: Profiles and Analysis of the Massachusetts Commercial Fishery. Posted at: https://www.mass.gov/doc/port-by-port-profiles-and-analysis-of-the-massachusetts-commercial-fishery/download. Hyperlink: “Port by Port: Profiles and Analysis of the Massachusetts Commercial Fishery”
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project, Why It Matters to Massachusetts Economy. Find here: https://apcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/CCWRRP_Why-It-Matters-to-MA-Economy.pdf
Estuaries: NOAA https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/estuary.html.
- Coastal Summary
- Town of Barnstable
- Barnstable Clean Water Coalition
- Buzzards Bay Coalition
- Center for Coastal Studies
- Pleasant Bay Alliance
- Town of Chatham
- Town of Harwich
- Towns of Orleans – Eastham
- Waquoit Bay Watchers
Watersheds: Cape Cod Commission watershed reports. Posted at https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/208-plan-implementation/#WatershedReports. Click on an individual watershed to get the report for that watershed.
Cape Cod Commission. 2015. Cape Cod Areawide 208 Water Quality Management Plan. Posted at: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/208.
Massachusetts Estuaries Project. See state website at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/the-massachusetts-estuaries-project-and-reports
Massachusetts Estuaries Project, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Technology (SMAST) website at: http://www.smast.umassd.edu/Coastal/research/estuaries/estuaries.html.
Cape Cod Commission, Ponds and Lakes website at: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/ponds-and-lakes/.
Beach water quality monitoring: Barnstable County webpage on bathing beach water quality at https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/health-topics/recreational-water-quality
Shellfish water quality monitoring: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries webpage on shellfish sanitation and management, at: https://www.mass.gov/shellfish-sanitation-and-management
Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Cyanobacteria monitoring program webpage at: https://apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/
Leland, N.J., J.F. Haney, K. Conte, K. Malkus-Benjamin and B. Horsley. 2019. Evaluation of size structure in freshwater cyanobacteria populations: methods to quantify risk associated with changes in biomass and Microcystin concentrations. Journal of Water Research and Protection, 2019, 11, 810-829. Hyperlink: Leland, Haney, Conte, Malkus-Benjamin and Horseley, 2019
Leland, N.J., R. A. Landon, and J.F. Haney. September 2020. Trophic interactions between anadromous juvenile Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and cyanobacterial populations in a shallow mesotrophic pond. Natural Resources, 2020, 11, 394-419. Hyperlink: Leland, Landon, and Haney, 2020
Leland, N.J. and Haney, J.F., 2018. Alternative Methods for Analysis of Cyanobacterial Populations in Drinking Water Supplies: Fluorometric and Toxicological Applications Using Phycocyanin. Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 10, 740-761. Hyperlink:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2017, updated 2021. Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Program (CMC). 2017. Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) for the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Program. Rev: 0, April 26, 2017: Posted at: https://cyanos.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cmc_qapp_final.pdf . Hyperlink: CMC 2017
Mercury in ponds and lakes: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/eating-fish-safely-in-massachusetts
Emerging contaminants and pharmaceutical compounds in Cape Cod’s waters:
Silent Spring Institute website at https://silentspring.org/news/contaminants-pervasive-cape-cods-drinking-water-supply/faqs-emerging-contaminants-cape-cod).
Center for Coastal Studies webpage on pharmaceuticals in marine waters, at:
EPA website on PFAS, at: https://www.epa.gov/pfas
Massachusetts website on PFAS, at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas.
PFAS Primer, on APCC’s State of the Waters: Cape Cod website.
Buzzards Bay Eutrophic Index for evaluating coastal eutrophication:
Costa, J. E., B. L. Howes, A. Giblin, and I. Valiela. 1992. Monitoring Nitrogen and indicators of nitrogen to support management action in Buzzards Bay, p. 497-529. In McKenzie et al.(eds) Ecological Indicators, Elsevier, London.
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program webpage on the Buzzards Bay Eutrophic Index, at http://buzzardsbay.org/technical-data/status-trends/citizen-wq-monitoring/eutroindex/
Gunn, E., D.S. Janik and J.E. Costa. 1994. Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Buzzards Bay Project. https://buzzardsbay.org/download/qappcitz1994.pdf.)
Buzzards Bay Coalition website on Bay Health Index, at: https://www.savebuzzardsbay.org/bay-health/.
Center for Coastal Studies website on water quality monitoring program, at: https://coastalstudies.org/cape-cod-bay-monitoring-program/.
Carlson Trophic Index for evaluating freshwater ponds and lakes:
Carlson, R.E. 1977. A trophic state index for lakes. Limnology and Oceanography Vol. 22, pp. 361-369. Posted at: https://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.4319/lo.1977.22.2.0361
Carlson, R.E. and J. Simpson. 1996. A Coordinator’s Guide to Volunteer Lake Monitoring Methods. North American Lake Management Society. 96 pp. Posted at:
Grading drinking water: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2003. What’s on Tap: Grading Drinking Water in U.S. Cities. Posted at: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/whatsontap.pdf.
Pond water quality: Cape Cod Commission, Freshwater Initiative website at: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/cape-cod-freshwater-initiative/