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Category: Water and Wastewater

Barnstable County’s Beach Monitoring Program is Underway for the 2024 Season

The week of June 3, 2024 marked the first full week of bacteriological monitoring on Cape Cod’s bathing beaches. Each year, Barnstable County hires and trains six seasonal samplers to […]

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Board of Commissioners Urges Senator Warren to Oppose Funding for the Proposed Machine Gun Range Planned for Construction on Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve

June 5, 2024 (BARNSTABLE, MA) – Today the Board of Regional Commissioners voted to send a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren urging her to ensure that the Massachusetts Army National […]

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Scientific American and WBUR Co-Produce Three Part Series Exploring Nitrogen Pollution from Urine on Cape Cod

Cape Cod once again finds itself making headlines in the environmental science community, as Scientific American and WBUR publish the first two episodes in their three-part series on Scientific American’s […]

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Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) to Hold Event on Urine Diversion May 30th

If you live in Falmouth or the surrounding towns, you’ve likely been hearing quite a bit about urine diversion recently. That’s because MOST of the nitrogen in our waste is […]

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MASSTC Staff Complete 4th Stop on Waste No Water Library Tour

In April, the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) launched their first Waste No Water Library Tour, a 10+ library series to engage the public in over 10 Cape towns, focusing […]

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Considering the ‘What If’s: Changes to Title 5

In Massachusetts, the changes to Title 5 are intended to directly address nitrogen pollution at the source to help reverse environmental degradation from septic systems that has taken place over […]

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Do Not Drink Order Lifted in the Town of Harwich Following Inadvertent Release of Firefighting Foam

Lab results show that no firefighting foam was detected in the water system after thorough flushing! The Do Not Drink Order in North Harwich has been lifted. From the Harwich […]

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Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Year of Public Outreach 

Test Center Staff will orchestrate a ‘Waste No Water’ library series to engage the public in discussions about wastewater.  April 2, 2024 (Barnstable, MA) – In honor of its 25th […]

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WCAI: Environmental advocates plan to sue EPA, could lead to “Sludgement Day” on Cape Cod

CAI | By Brian Engles Environmental advocates are planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not regulating sludge. Sludge is the solid material that’s left over at the end of the […]

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