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.

THE PROBLEM

FUELED BY NUTRIENT POLLUTION AND WARM TEMPERATURES, TOXIC CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS ARE OCCURRING MORE FREQUENTLY IN OUR FRESHWATER PONDS, AND POSE A HEALTH RISK TO HUMANS, PETS & WILDLIFE.

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.

What You Can Do

AVOID IT and REPORT IT to your local board of health and APCC.

If your pet comes in contact with a suspected bloom, wash with tap water immediately.

If your pet exhibits symptoms of drooling, staggering, vomiting or convulsions, contact your vet without delay.

What You Can Do

AVOID IT and REPORT IT to your local board of health and APCC.

If your pet comes in contact with a suspected bloom, wash with tap water immediately.

If your pet exhibits symptoms of drooling, staggering, vomiting or convulsions, contact your vet without delay.

What You Can Do

Encourage your neighborhood and the town to fix locations where stormwater discharges directly into a pond.

Become active in your local pond association to monitor and protect pond health. If no group exists, start one!

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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