Public Meetings to Discuss Three Bays Stormwater Project

BARNSTABLE – The Association to Preserve Cape Cod is will hold public meetings this month to discuss a three year project to clean up the Three Bays watershed through stormwater management.

The organization is working with the town of Barnstable and the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition to install green infrastructure stormwater treatment systems.

The systems incorporate the use of plants and work to capture rainwater and remove nitrogen, bacteria and other pollutants before they run into the bays.

Teams completed a watershed field assessment this spring to identify sites where the systems can help address the problem.

“Three Bays is a significant watershed. It’s one that gets a lot of use,” said Andrew Gottlieb, the executive director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. “And it’s [somewhere] that a lot of people notice with water quality.”

The first public meeting is Wednesday, August 16 at the Cotuit Library at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will get an overview of the project and have an opportunity to provide input.

“A priority in this session is to see what people are concerned about and to hear what areas they think we should be addressing collectively,” Gottlieb said.

A second meeting is Tuesday, August 29 at the Osterville Library at 5:30 p.m.

The project is using funds provided through the Southeast New England Partnership grants through the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Gottlieb said the project is a good example of the partnering work the association is able to do with other non-profits and community partners.

“We’ve got expertise on the water quality side and the project management side and we work locally with people who have an interest with the resource to identify projects that have the best bang for the buck in terms of water quality improvement,” Gottlieb said. “Then we work collaboratively with them to finance and implement those projects.”

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