The Cape Cod Commission has a long history as a partner in the effort to scientifically assess, monitor, and restore the water quality of the region's 45 salt-water embayments and estuaries. Past work included:
Since 2002, the Commission has been a partner and supporter of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP). When completed, the project will provide water quality, nutrient loading, and hydrodynamic information for 89 estuaries in southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod. The information will be combined through the use of a linked watershed/estuary model that will predict the water quality changes that will result from land use management decisions. A report for each of the 89 estuaries will evaluate several water quality conditions and how that relates to the health of the estuary and the land use changes necessary to bring about that improvement. The project is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST).
For several years, the Commission's water resources staff contributed embayment-specific, watershed-based hydrological and land use assessments to aid the scientific analyses of nutrient loading included in the MEP Technical Reports. Although no longer doing so, the staff continues:
In Fiscal Year 2010, the Commission's water staff performed a regional wastewater flow analysis using data from the MEP data summaries.
Watershed Management Director
Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Management Plan (as of 12/31/12)