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Fighting for Clean Water on Cape Cod

“Nitrogen pollution has disastrous effects on the plant and animal life that live in these beautiful waterways,” said Chris Kilian, Vice President of Strategic Litigation at CLF. “This type of pollution is also harmful to the people who flock to Pleasant Bay and Wychmere Harbor for water sports and other recreational activities. It’s time we hold large polluters responsible for their destructive impacts on our environment.”

Help for Cape Cod’s Pollution Problem
by Chris Kilian

No one would consider swimming, sailing, or fishing in a sewer, but that, in effect, is the choice facing people seeking to use polluted bays around Cape Cod. The Cape’s septic systems cause 85 percent of the nitrogen pollution plaguing our waterways. Every time a toilet flushes into a septic tank, our clean bays, our…

Progress on Newmarket’s Sewage Treatment Plant Means Clean Water Ahead
by Jeff Barnum

Last week I visited Newmarket to see first-hand the progress being made on the town’s new sewage treatment plant. In 2013, the town’s citizens voted to bond the cost of a new plant that would adhere to EPA permit requirements that – for the first time – will result in dramatic reductions in nitrogen pollution.…

CLF and Buzzards Bay Coalition Press EPA for Action in Cape Clean-Up
by Karen Wood

Just over a year ago, CLF and the Buzzards Bay Coalition sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to expedite the clean up of a nitrogen pollution scourge  on Cape Cod that was threatening the Cape’s bays and the local economy that depends on them. Today, CLF and the Bay Coalition filed a second…

A Buried Problem, Bursting to be Solved
by Cynthia Liebman

Out of sight, out of mind—until of course, 2 million people are left wondering why they don’t have clean drinking water. This weekend’s Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water main break, which spilled millions of gallons of drinking water into the Charles River, should alert us to a larger and often hidden crisis of under-funded…