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Overview

The Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund (CCIWPF) was established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2018 to help Cape Cod and Islands towns pay for necessary wastewater infrastructure and water quality remediation projects. Creation of the CCIWPF was the result of efforts by a diverse set of stakeholders, including the Cape and Islands Legislative Delegation, local officials, environmental groups, business leaders, and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, who recognized the need for new financial tools to address the region’s degrading water quality and lack of wastewater infrastructure.

The CCIWPF is a dedicated fund within the state’s Clean Water Trust set up to solely benefit communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Its source of revenue is a 2.75% excise tax on traditional lodging and short-term rentals. The fund is administered by the existing Clean Water Trust and overseen by a management board comprised of representation from every member town from the region. Currently, the 15 Cape Cod communities are members of the fund. 

 

 

Subsidies Awarded

04/14/2021

The Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund Management Board voted  April 14, 2021 to award the first set of subsidies to qualified and eligible water quality projects in several Cape Cod towns. Projects in excess of $1 million will receive subsidies equal to 25% of the project costs. Projects of $1 million or less will receive 50% subsidies.

Projects eligible for funding include innovative strategies and alternative septic system technologies, water quality and wastewater management planning, the construction of sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plants, and the implementation of drainage improvements and water treatment programs to improve water quality in freshwater ponds and marine resources. Member communities must go through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, or SRF, program to receive funds. 

 

Final Commitments for 2018 and 2019 Intended Use Plans Projects

TOWN

IUP Year

Description

Project Cost

Total Subsidy

Chatham 

2018

Phase 1D – Chatham/Harwich Regionalization

$8,174,858

$2,043,715

Chatham

2019

Sewer Extension

$1,324,983

$331,246

Harwich

2018

Harwich Sewer Collection System – Phase 2

$22,214,467

$5,553,617

Bourne

2019

Buzzards Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility

$4,660,410

$1,165,103

Orleans 

2019

Downtown Area Collection System and Wastewater Treatment Facility

$59,409,200

$14,852,300

   

Totals

$95,783,918

$23,945,981

 

Contingent Commitments for 2020 and 2021 Intended Use Plans Projects

TOWN

IUP Year

Description

Project Cost

Total Subsidy

Barnstable

2020

Wastewater Pump Station Improvements Project

$1,000,000

$500,000*

Barnstable 

2020

Strawberry Hill Road Sewer Expansion

$13,275,023

$3,318,756

Barnstable 

2020

Strawberry Hill Road Sewer Expansion

$1,853,762

$463,441

Barnstable

2020

Solids Handling Upgrade Project

$8,495,050

$2,123,763

Chatham

2021

Chatham Queen Anne Pumping Station Upgrade 2021 PE

$2,464,000

$616,000

Chatham

2021

Chatham Stormwater Improvement Projects - 2021

$6,161,000

$1,540,250

Barnstable

2021

Route 28 East Sewer Expansion Project

$17,106,000

$4,276,500

Barnstable

2021

Wastewater Pump Station Improvements Project

$2,000,000

$500,000

Mashpee 

2021

Mashpee WRRF and Collection System - Phase I

$51,200,000

$12,800,000

Falmouth

2021

Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility TASA Improvements

$19,000,000

$4,750,000

   

Totals

$122,554,835

$30,888,710

 * Projects of $1 million or less are eligible to receive subsidies of 50%. 

 

Pre-Existing Debt

The CCIWPF Management Board is allowed to award subsidies on pre-existing debt town projects, subject to certain eligibility and verification requirements. The towns of Barnstable, Chatham, Falmouth, and Provincetown had qualifying projects totaling $65.9 million, 25% of which will be subsidized through the fund, per the unanimous vote of the Management Board.

 TOWN

Project Cost

Total Subsidy

Provincetown

$19,198,453

$4,799,613

Barnstable

$3,958,400

$989,600

Chatham

$34,619,778

$8,654,945

Falmouth

$8,113,640

$2,028,410

Totals

$65,890,271

$16,472,568

 

 

Members

  • Mark Ells
    Town Manager
    Barnstable
  • Mary Jane Mastrangelo
    Selectman
    Bourne
  • Peter Lombardi
    Town Administrator
    Brewster
  • Robert Duncanson
    Director of Health and Natural Resources
    Chatham
  • Elizabeth Sullivan
    Town Administrator
    Dennis
  • Jacqueline Beebe
    Town Administrator
    Eastham
  • Peter Johnson-Staub
    Assistant Town Manager
    Falmouth
  • Don Howell
    Selectman
    Harwich
  • Andrew Gottlieb
    Selectman
    Mashpee
  • Kevin Galligan
    Selectman
    Orleans
  • Rich Waldo
    Director of Public Works
    Provincetown
  • Bud Dunham
    Town Manager
    Sandwich
  • Darrin Tangeman
    Town Manager
    Truro
  • Justina Carlson
    Select Board Member
    Wellfleet
  • Tracy Post
    Selectman
    Yarmouth
  • Kristy Senatori
    Cape Cod Commission Executive Director (Non-Voting Ex-Officio Member)
  • Adam Turner
    Martha's Vineyard Commission Executive Director (Non-Voting Ex-Officio Member)
  • Elizabeth Gibson
    Nantucket Town Manager (Non-Voting Ex-Officio Member)
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