Saving Cape Cod’s Bays

Nitrogen pollution is driving Cape Cod’s waters to the brink of ecological disaster. After years of fighting to make the Environmental Protection Agency step up and take action, in 2015 we celebrated a clean water milestone, but the real work of saving the Cape’s bays has just begun.

CLF in Action

The solution to the Cape’s pollution problem is well known: Fix the region’s septic and wastewater treatment systems, now.

Prompted by CLF’s 2011 lawsuit against EPA over its inaction to address the issue, in 2015, the Cape Cod Commission revised the region’s waste management plan. This plan outlines the legally required actions the Cape’s 15 towns must take to literally clean up their act.

But so far, progress implementing the plan has been slow and fragmented. Towns need to move faster and work better together to solve this urgent pollution problem.

CLF is also calling on the region’s biggest polluters – its tourist resorts – to do their part. We have filed suit against the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and Wychmere Beach Club over their individual pollution. These large resorts can set an example for other corporate polluters by cleaning up their wastewater pollution now.