Cape Cod Region

MassBays Vision
We envision a network of healthy and resilient estuaries, sustainable ecosystems that support the life and communities dependent upon them.

MassBays Mission
The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the estuarine ecosystems of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay, and Cape Cod Bay. We facilitate partnerships to prompt local, state, and federal action and stewardship, by convening stakeholders on the local and regional level, providing scientific basis for management decisions, and working with decisionmakers to identify problems and solutions.

Geographic area and communities covered by the Massachusetts Bays Program.

MassBays is one of 28 National Estuary Programs designated by EPA under the Clean Water Act to protect and restore estuaries of national significance, in this case Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay, and Cape Cod Bay. It is one of the largest NEPs in the nation, encompassing 50 communities and more than 1,000 miles of coastline from the Commonwealth’s border with New Hampshire to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. To facilitate effective local partnerships, it is divided into five regions (Cape Cod, South Shore, Boston, Lower North Shore, and Upper North Shore), each with its own regional coordinator.

MassBays operates as a federal-state-regional-local partnership, with support provided by EPA to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management which houses the central MassBays staff. MassBays contracts regional service providers in the five regions, typically regional organizations such as the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Significant leveraging is provided by local, state and regional partners.

Since 2006 the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has served as the regional service provider for the Cape Cod region. The Cape Cod region includes 11 towns on Cape Cod Bay (Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne). The Cape Cod region focuses on:

Examples of our work are provided below.

Regional facilitation and assistance

Stormwater management

Wastewater management

Monitoring and Assessment

Restoration

Coastal resilience

For more information, contact Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, MassBays Regional Coordinator for Cape Cod, at (508) 619-3185 or jmuramoto@apcc.org .