With $3 million from the state, the Cape Cod Commission has updated the region’s water quality plan, creating a unified program that resolves scientific, political and financial barriers by bringing communities together.
On Cape Cod, nitrogen enters our natural water systems from nearly every home, business and roadway. This water system transports nitrogen both above and below ground, through our watersheds, to the sea. Enclosed coastal systems, such as embayments and estuaries, naturally process this nutrient, but when healthy amounts of nitrogen are exceeded, water quality problems occur.
Tools developed by the Cape Cod Commission help communities overcome hurdles associated with taking action. They make scenario planning more transparent, community engagement more inclusive, regulations more flexible, and financing easier.