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

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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.


News

High Winds and Rain Predicted Wednesday into Thursday

UPDATED Wednesday, 2/28/24, 9:30 AM The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Cape and Islands, in effect from 7 AM this morning to 7 AM […]

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The Alternative: Creating Space for Technologists to Tackle Wastewater Challenges on Cape Cod

Interested in joining the discussion about wastewater challenges on Cape Cod? Check out “The Alternative”, a weekly newsletter from Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center! Read the latest […]

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American Heart Association: Snow Shoveling, cold temps combine for perfect storm of heart health hazards

Weather forecasters may call it ‘white fluffy stuff,’ however, snow can be a bigger danger than many people may realize. According to the American Heart Association, celebrating its Centennial birthday as the […]

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WBUR Collaborates with Scientific American to Spread Awareness about Nutrient Pollution from Septic Systems on Cape Cod

Big Press for Big Problems This week, WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, aired a two-part series about Cape Cod’s water pollution challenges. The series was part of a collaboration with Scientific […]

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February 13th Winter Storm: Situational Report #003–FINAL REPORT

Date of Release: February 13, 2024 Time of release: 5:15 PM Incident or Event Overview: Situation Cape Cod and the Islands are experiencing the subsiding impacts of a coastal winter […]

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Significant Winter Storm Impacts Cape and Islands Tuesday, February 13

Updated Tuesday, February 13th at 4:30 PM The National Weather Service has issued the following warnings for Cape Cod and the Islands. Blue highlighted text indicates recently updated information. Winter […]

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