CLF Case Against Wychmere Beach Club Allowed to Proceed

Photo: Wychmere Harbor (Shutterstock)

January 10, 2019 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statements today in response to a court decision allowing the organization’s Clean Water Act lawsuit against Wychmere Beach Club to proceed.

“Nitrogen pollution is destroying Cape Cod’s bays and beaches and damaging the local economy,” said Chris Kilian, Vice President of Strategic Litigation at CLF. “Illegal sewage discharge from Wychmere Beach Club is wreaking havoc on water quality. CLF looks forward to continuing this fight and holding polluters accountable for harming our environment.”

CLF’s lawsuit claims that the resort illegally discharges nitrogen and other pollutants that fuel noxious algae outbreaks in Wychmere Harbor, a picturesque location popular for boating and birding. The suit also alleges that discharges into Wychmere Harbor require a federal Clean Water Act permit, which the resort has not obtained.

Wychmere Beach Club previously filed a motion to dismiss the case, which was denied at today’s hearing by Judge William Young.

CLF experts are available for further comment.