Stormwater Management in Three Bays to Improve Water Quality

APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center was awarded $472,574 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Southeast New England Program for stormwater management to improve water quality in the Three Bays. This three-year project will be completed as a collaborative effort by APCC, Barnstable Department of Public Works, Horsley Witten Group, and Three Bays Preservation. The Restoration Coordination Center is managing the project, organizing and conducting outreach activities, coordinating the project team, and tracking project progress and success.

The Three Bays watershed is severely degraded by nitrogen and bacteria resulting in poor water quality, impaired habitat, and closures of beaches and shellfish areas. Stormwater runoff and fertilizer use contribute over 23% of the nitrogen entering the bays resulting in algal blooms, fish kills, and bacteria contamination that regularly impacts fishermen and beachgoers. Through this project, locations for stormwater improvements will be identified and prioritized for the town and at least two of the top priority sites will be addressed through installation of “green” technology to treat and remove pollution from runoff before the water reaches the bays.

Throughout the project there will be multiple opportunities for the public to get involved to learn more about the impacts of stormwater on water quality in the bays, help with demonstration projects, monitoring and maintenance, and provide input into the project.

Current Schedule of Events:
Public Meetings: Project Introduction
Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street – Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm
Osterville Library, 43 Wianno Avenue – Thursday, April 27th at 7pm

Guided Walking Tour of Stormwater Installations
Cotuit Village – Friday, May 5th at 2pm

Rain Garden Workshop and Installation
Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue – Thursday, June 15th, from 9 - 11 AM

Public Meetings: Priority Sites for Stormwater Treatment

Priority Sites Presentation

Cotuit Library – Wednesday, August 16th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Osterville Library – Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Maintenance Training Workshops
Fall 2017 and Spring 2019, Exact details TBD

For more information, contact April Wobst or Kristin Andres at APCC at (508) 619-3185.