Stormwater Management in Three Bays to Improve Water Quality

APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center and our partners were awarded $472,574 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Southeast New England Program and $59,013 from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management 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 Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (formerly 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.

Schedule of Events:

Department of Public Works and Stormwater Manager Workshop – Barnstable Town Hall, Tuesday, October 31st 8am – 12noon. Free workshop. Registration required.

Public Workshop – Osterville Library, Wednesday, November 8th 9am – 12noon. Free to all. Registration required.

2017 Public Meetings Priority Sites for Stormwater Treatment
Project Introduction

Osterville Library – Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Cotuit Library – Wednesday, August 16th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Osterville Library, 43 Wianno Avenue – Thursday, April 27th at 7pm
Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street – Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm

2017 Guided Walking Tour of Stormwater Installations
Cotuit Village – Friday, May 5th at 2pm

2017 Rain Garden Workshop and Installation
Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue – Thursday, June 15th, from 9 - 11 AM

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