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Tag: Wastewater

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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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 new weekly newsletter from Barnstable County’s Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center!

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WCAI: Cape Cod researchers study removing PFAS from the waste stream

The Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, or MASSTC, is a premier site for wastewater research located on Cape Cod. Some of their tests involve adding woodchips to septic systems to […]

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WCAI’s The Point | Recycling Urine to Solve our Wastewater Problem

The state and EPA have mandated that the Cape manage wastewater to prevent nutrient overload in our ponds, estuaries and embayments. Alternative septic systems and sewering are both expensive options. […]

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Early morning fog at Santuit Pond boat ramp.

Pollution is threatening Cape Cod’s famous waters. Its towns are spending hundreds of millions to head off an environmental disaster.

By Beth Treffeisen, Boston Globe BARNSTABLE — The beauty of its placid bays, estuaries, and ponds draws millions of visitors to Cape Cod each year. But deteriorating water quality is […]

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Bourne Exploring Use of Management Firm for Septic Systems

By Michael J. Rausch, Bourne Enterprise When it comes to the complex topic of Title 5, it seems like everyone could benefit from a little guidance. That seems to be […]

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Viruses from wastewater cultured on a petri dish at MASSTC.

MASSTC Studies Viruses and Bacteria in Wastewater to Help Keep Our Groundwater Safe

Wastewater is a veritable jungle of microscopic organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC) are interested in understanding how effective conventional […]

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Wastewater Division Director Brian Baumgaertel Talks about Changes to Title 5 Regulations

Interview by Grady Culhane, State environmental officials are tightening restrictions on Title 5 septic systems as water bodies across the Cape continue to struggle due to nitrogen pollution. Barnstable […]

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Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center’s Impactful (Sometimes Surprising) Initiatives in Wastewater

Scaling Natural Dye Farming Systems Using Wastewater The Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, operated by Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment, is a pioneer in wastewater research. Since […]

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