Water quality is a major concern on Cape Cod. We've put a plan into action to address it.
The Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project will address these important issues. Federal, state and local agencies have partnered to identify problems and formulate solutions. The costs and benefits of various alternatives have been evaluated and sponsors' decisions are contained in a watershed plan.
The plan identifies 76 sites throughout Cape Cod for possible restoration:
Storm water discharge sites
Tidal-restricted salt marshes
A cooperative effort in partnership with:
What will be done?
Larger Culverts - Goal is to restore tidally-restricted salt marshes-where barriers interfere with normal daily tidal flow - by improving hydrology (the movement of water) to these areas. Fish and wildlife that depend on this type of ecosystem will benefit.
Fish Ladders - Goal is to restore fish passage on existing anadromous fish runs. River herring are just one of the many fish species that migrate from the ocean to fresh water to spawn. Ladders and passages allow fish to by-pass man-made barriers.
Dry Wells and Sand Filters - Goal is to restore and protect shellfish beds by treating stormwater runoff. These systems use vegetation or sand to filter contaminants from the runoff before it reaches shellfish beds.