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.


Attend “A Yellow Tide on Cape Cod: Nitrogen in our Water” Documentary Screening and Discussion on Earth Day, April 22

Join the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center at the South Yarmouth Public Library on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM for a session of the Waste No Water Library Tour. This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of the initiative and highlights wastewater management successes and challenges across Cape Cod.

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Avian Bird Flu on Cape Cod

ATTENTION BEACH WALKERS! If you encounter a dead bird while walking or collecting trash at the beach, you should first notify your town’s Animal Control Officer for next steps. You […]

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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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Tips for Safely Viewing the Partial Solar Eclipse on April 8th

Cape Cod will Experience a Partial Eclipse On April 8th, we will have the rare, nation-wide opportunity to see a solar eclipse. Locals can expect to see the event between […]

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Wicked Wellness: April is Stress Awareness Month!

Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Knowing how to manage stress can improve mental and physical well-being and minimize exacerbation of health-related issues!

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It’s National Public Health Week! Spotlight: Public Health Nursing Division

April 1-7, 2024 is National Public Health Week! Public health is more than just health care. It’s the steps we take to make sure our neighborhoods and environment are free […]

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