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Section 208 Plan Resources

Our Water Problem

The Cape Cod Commission developed and drafted the 208 Plan Update. It is a watershed-based approach to restore embayment water quality on Cape Cod. The plan recommends strategies, regulatory reforms and a process for communities to reduce or eliminate excess nitrogen, the primary cause of degraded conditions.


The Cape Cod Water Quality Plan

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.

The Cape Cod Water Quality Plan: The Science

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.

The Cape Cod Water Quality Plan: The Solutions

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.


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