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Support our Annual Clean Water Campaign

Some of our accomplishments of 2018:

  • Phase 1 of the dredging of the Cotuit channel and beach nourishment of Dead Neck Sampson’s Island with dredge spoils finally began in November.  This will enhance shorebird habitat and improve water quality.
  • Raised 50,000 oysters in a new upweller at Gateway Marina, Hyannis in partnership with Massachusetts Oyster Project and the Town of Barnstable. In September, the oysters were moved to Cotuit Bay to mature until harvestable size, while improving water quality.
  • Expanded our monitoring of marine invasive species in the town of Barnstable to include two new sites in Hyannis Harbor.  We now monitor at seven locations.
  • Expanded our monitoring of ponds through PALS, we now monitor 31 ponds throughout the town of Barnstable.
  • BCWC partnered with the U.S. EPA to facilitate a Problem Formulation Workshop in October attended by 65 invited scientists and regulators to address the nitrogen loading issues from the Marstons Mills River in the Three Bays watershed.
  • BCWC increased its presence in the community through outreach events including the our first Cape Cod Beer Race to The Pint 5/10K, our inaugural Clean Water Challenge golf tournament, the 8th annual Paddle for the Bays RACE Cape Cod, and the first Shuck! oyster festival.
  • We have also continued our weekly monitoring along the Marstons Mills River, SMAST estuary sampling, and pond monitoring with BHS environmental club.

Your support now will help us:

  • Install and test several pilot alternative systems to remove nitrogen
  • Expand our partnership with U.S. EPA and the Nature Conservancy
  • Double the number of oysters grown in our upweller
  • Develop additional education and outreach programs