What We Do

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WHAT WE DO

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Our mission is plain and simple: Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC) will work to restore and preserve clean water in Barnstable.

BCWC deploys science as its foundation to monitor, educate, advocate and mitigate for clean water throughout the Cape Cod town of Barnstable.

Since 1996, our work has taken us beneath the water, above it, and on land, allowing for a thorough, year-round study of the watershed that encompasses West, North and Cotuit Bays and related ecosystems throughout its 12,458 acres.

Beginning in June 2017, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition went town-wide, with a target mission area of 75-plus square miles.

Four directives drive our mission:

For over 20 years, we have tracked water quality in marine embayments, as well as keeping a close eye on freshwater systems including ponds, streams, rivers and coves. By monitoring, we can then measure the quality of these water systems through comprehensive parameters...

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We believe an informed electorate represents our best collective opportunity for consensus on water quality, and restoring and preserving our priceless water supply for drinking, and for swimmers, boaters, fishing enthusiasts and other outdoor recreational users...

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Informing people about water quality is a critical task. Informing people about what’s happening in our local waters is a key objective, and innumerable ways exist through which we work to reach, teach, and educate...

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Our small but intrepid team of engineers, scientists, seasonal help and interns implement and test non-traditional technologies (NTT’s) including alternative septic systems, permeable reactive barriers, water diversion gardens, and nature-based treatment systems...

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