The Department of Health and Environment was established in 1926 to provide regional efficiencies throughout the 15 towns of Barnstable County, while supporting the autonomy of local boards of health. The Department provides a diversity of services that promote public health and environmental protection, from emergency planning, to monitoring of water, land, and air, to disease prevention, inspectional services, COVID-19 pandemic response, and even the practical application of providing loans for septic system repair and replacement. The physical and mental well-being of Barnstable County’s residents, alongside protection of our sensitive ecosystems, are our top priorities.


AquiFund Update: $64.3M in Loans Since 2007, $5M in Past Year

July 18, 2024 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County is proud to announce that the Cape Cod AquiFund, the county’s low-interest betterment loan program, has reached a new milestone by dispersing $5 million […]

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Waste No Water Library Tour: Stop #6 at Brewster Ladies Library!

The Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC), a division of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, invites you to the 6th stop of the Waste No Water […]

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Discover How Barnstable County is Tackling Wastewater Challenges on Cape Cod

Are you concerned about water quality problems on Cape Cod? Want to do something about it? Dive into the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) Weekly Newsletter to find […]

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Woods Hole: Saving Our Ponds Series

The Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health and Circuit Films in collaboration with local community organizations recently launched a short film series aimed at raising awareness about the […]

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Wicked Wellness: July is Healthy Vision Awareness Month!

Vision loss can have a major impact on every part of life. Having visual impairment can create challenges in performing everyday tasks, and the sigma around losing vision can be […]

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Hot, Humid Weather to Impact Cape Cod Week of July 8th: Residents and Visitors Urged to Exercise Caution

Temps are rising again this week, presenting a serious hazard for certain occupations and age groups (particularly the very young and very old). According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

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