Many people have said to us that they want to do something to improve conditions of Waquoit Bay. What can you do for your Bay? To answer this question we did some research and deliberated over the answers to formulate an action list. The answers are prioritized based on what we think will do the most good for the bay and what is feasible.
We are flexible and if someone takes over one of these action items, makes it their own and pushes the envelope, great! We won’t complain. We will be there to support and augment their efforts any way we can. More than likely, a board member will be heading up these “Action Committees” or, at the least, a member of them.
We are having a meeting this Wednesday, 23rd of October at the WBNERR boat house to further discuss and refine this list of priorities. You’re invited. Feel free to join us.
CPWB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CPWB STRATEGIC PLAN [draft 9/25/19]
1. Projects and action items for improving water quality in Waquoit Bay:
A. Document all of the direct, untreated road runoff into Waquoit Bay and its tributaries and present a “to do” list to the towns. Road runoff after rainfall events is a major source of nitrogen and toxic chemicals that can lead to fish kills. The towns can do much more to eliminate these direct discharges.
B. Purchase and locate dog bag dispensers at various popular hiking and walking places in the watershed. Consider financing a bag holder that people could attach to the dog leash. If you like shellfish and clean water to swim in you will understand our efforts to eliminate this source of pollution from the watershed.
C. Publish a flyer that educates people who live around the Bay, its sub-estuaries and on its fresh water tributaries, ponds and rivers, about reducing or eliminating lawn fertilizers and run-off from non-permeable surfaces such as driveways and rooftops. Distribute door to door to homeowners.
D. Collaborate with other organizations to research and publish a booklet that explains the feasibility of various new alternative septic systems that are permitted or in the process of being tested and permitted, that will reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the ground water. Distribute to permitting municipal boards.
E. Organize community effort and support to begin the restoration of Red Brook in partnership with WBNERR. Red Brook is the third major fresh water tributary to Waquoit Bay that has long been abused and forgotten like the Quashnet and Childs Rivers had been. Both the Quashnet and Childs are undergoing restoration efforts by the Cape Cod Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club respectively. A similar effort must be initiated on Red Brook. It is currently an abandoned cranberry bog overflowing its banks and devoid of its historic contribution to Waquoit Bay’s fisheries of herring, eels and sea run Brook Trout.
F. Assist WBNERR and Trout Unlimited on maintenance of the Quashnet River East of Route 151.
G. Assist WBNERR with permitting efforts that improve the watershed. This would be an ongoing effort to provide verbal and written support before Mashpee and Falmouth permitting boards.
H. Compile and disseminate info on technologies and initiatives for reducing nitrogen loading. We cannot do original research, promulgate regulations or plan and execute projects. But we can make information accessible to our members and the people living in the watershed so that they can judge the issues and technology involved in the implementation, such as: IA systems (innovative alternatives), cluster systems, sewering, shellfish aquaculture, inlet widening, permeable reactive barriers, eco-toilets and others.
I. Research the viability of creating an underwater wildlife refuge off limits to shellfishing and boating to see if native shellfish and eel grass can regenerate themselves.
2. Organization Building
A. Develop a corps of volunteers with interests that match the goals of CPWB.
B. Report to membership our activities on a regular basis.
C. Develop a regular presence at Town, CCC, and other committees.
D. Coordinate more with sister organizations.
E. Provide more educational outreach.