Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Working for clean water in Barnstable

aka Barnstable Clean Water Coalition   |   Osterville, MA   |  http://BCleanWater.org

Mission

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition works to restore and preserve clean water in Barnstable. Clean water is important to our health, environment and local economy. On Cape Cod, our marine bays are impaired by excess levels of nitrogen and other contaminants, our freshwater ponds are threatened by high levels of phosphorous, and the groundwater from our sole source aquifer used for drinking is compromised from these dangers. Utilizing education, monitoring, mitigation and advocacy, the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition is working to address the threats to our waters in the 75-plus square miles of the Town of Barnstable.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr Zenas Crocker

Main address

PO Box 215

Osterville, MA 02655 USA

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Formerly known as

Three Bays Preservation, Inc.

EIN

04-3338308

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The waters on Cape Cod are impaired by excess levels of nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorous, and other contaminants. These waters include estuaries, ponds, lakes, streams and the sole source aquifer that provides our drinking water.

Our programs

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Water Quality Monitoring

Water quality monitoring is conducted in the Three Bays Estuary (comprised of North, West and Cotuit Bays), in the Marstons Mills River, and at freshwater ponds/lakes throughout the Town of Barnstable in conjunction with the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology, the Center for Coastal Studies, and the Town of Barnstable.

Population(s) Served

Since 2011, Each spring, alewives and blueback herring travel from Nantucket Sound, through the Three Bays Estuary and up the Marstons Mills River to spawn in Middle Pond. Since 2006, we have been actively involved in counting the herring as they pass through the Mill Pond herring run. This program, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Wildlife is a result of the very low numbers of fish returning to spawn in the past. Herring are counted by volunteers and the data is used by the State to calculate how many fish are passing through the system and to determine if their conservation efforts are working. We have approximately 50 volunteers stationed at the herring run to count fish from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. seven days a week for approximately 6-8 weeks (from mid-April through early June).

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Barnstable Clean Water Coalition is working to identify the sources of excess nutrients and pollutants in our waters, and to test and implement solutions that will restore and preserve clean water in the town of Barnstable.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC) uses education, monitoring, mitigation and advocacy to address the water quality issues facing our community.

BCWC educates stakeholders, residents and students about Barnstable's water quality challenges and solutions.
BCWC monitors the water quality of the bays, lakes and streams throughout the town by collecting baseline data that can be used to measure progress and success.
BCWC tests and implements Non-Traditional Technologies to clean our water, as well as supporting municipal treatment projects.
BCWC advocates for regulatory change to manage and address local water quality issues.

BCWC is developing a comprehensive approach to reducing nitrogen loading and improving water quality by building partnerships with organizations and agencies, testing and using innovative technologies to address the nutrient problems that can be used in local and other watersheds on Cape Cod, and working with community leaders in support of municipal treatment.

BCWC has over 20 years of baseline water quality data for the Three Bays estuary and two years of baseline streamflow and nitrogen data for the Marstons Mills River. In addition, BCWC has collected water quality data at 31 ponds in Barnstable for the Ponds and Lake Stewardship (PALS) annual Snapshot event; monitored for marine invasive species at seven sites in the town; managed the annual river herring count along the Marstons Mills River at the Mill Pond fish ladder for the last five years; and worked with the Barnstable High School Environmental Club on a winter pond monitoring project.


In 2019, BCWC hopes:
* to expand its educational programming in the community through collaboration with Barnstable County
* to install and test innovative nitrogen-reducing technologies at sites along the Marstons Mills River
* to use the upweller project in Hyannis Harbor to raise 100,000 oysters from seed for placement in local waters to mature to harvestable-size while educating the public on the benefits of shellfish to water quality and the local economy

Financials

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Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
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Board chair

Mr Michael Egan

President

Term: 2015 - 2023

Donald Schwinn

Community Volunteer

Edward Crosby

Community Volunteer

Mark Curley

Community Volunteer

John Fallon

Community Volunteer

John Kiley

Community Volunteer

Thomas Lloyd

Community Volunteer

Margaret Rowland

Community Volunteer

Frederick Wrightson

Community Volunteer

Audra Parker

Community Volunteer

John Kassakian

Community Volunteer

Laureen Pfizenmaier

Community Volunteer