Working Together promote a healthy Cape Cod community through disease prevention and control, health and safety education, environmental protection and emergency preparedness.


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.


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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Local Health Fair for Outer Cape Residents to Take Place June 6th in Provincetown

Do you live or work on the Outer Cape? Are you looking for local resources to benefit yourself and/or your family? Come to a local health fair for residents from […]

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Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) Guide

The CARE Guide summarizes local resources by service type and aligns with the existing web-based Network of Care Service Directory, which was developed by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services. The […]

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Summer Showers Bring…Lightning and Thunder! Tips to Stay Safe in a Storm.

Summer is rapidly approaching on Cape Cod, and with it comes a heightened risk for thunder, lightning, and even tornados. Did you know? Lightning can strike anyplace on Earth. In […]

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FREE Webinar on 5/23: Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) Training

Organizations, such as food pantries, daycares, and non-profits, that are unable to sustain operations during an emergency incident, impact individuals exponentially who rely on them. Because of their importance in […]

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