Conservation Law Foundation sues Barnstable, Masphee and state over wastewater cleanup

In a lawsuit filed last week, the Conservation Law Foundation went right to the heart of the wastewater problem on Cape Cod: septic systems.

Approximately 80% of properties on Cape Cod rely on septic systems, which are permitted under state Department of Environmental Protection Title 5 regulations. But Title 5 systems are not required to remove nitrogen and phosphorus, the primary contaminants causing runaway algal growth and degraded water quality in our coastal and inland water bodies.

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