EPA Recognizes Two Cape Cod Environmental Efforts

EPA logoBARNSTABLE – Two environmental efforts on Cape Cod were honored this week with Merit Awards from the EPA’s New England regional office.

The Cape Cod 208 Planning Team was recognized for its plan to manage waste treatment.

The planning team consists of members of the Cape Cod Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.

The plan was approved by the EPA in September and is a combination of technical innovation, cooperation among government bodies and advancement of policy change for removing nitrogen pollution.

The Mass Audubon Society and New England Aquarium were honored for their work to rescue and rehabilitate cold-stunned sea turtles in Cape Cod Bay.

The number of cold-stunned turtles washing up on Cape beaches has increased dramatically over the last two years with about 1,200 turtles stranded two years ago and almost 600 this past winter. The totals are the two highest totals on record.

Merit Award winners are honored for helping to improve New England’s environment.

There were a total of 16 winners in Massachusetts.

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