Sunday, April 5, 2020

EPA OKs Massachusetts' plan to reduce nitrogen in Cape Cod waters

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday that it has formally approved Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Water Quality Management Plan Update, allowing the state to move forward with efforts to reduce nitrogen levels in ponds, bays and other waters on the Cape.

“Nitrogen pollution in Cape waters affects not only the natural resources, but the economy and quality of life there too,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “With this plan, we hope to help Cape Cod’s communities develop local solutions to address their water-quality issues. The administration continues to be committed to working with municipal and federal partners to improve water quality and protect the Commonwealth’s citizens and environment.”

Excess nitrogen has led to algal blooms, which weaken ecological vitality and damage  plant and animal habitats. The update brings the plan into compliance with the Clean Water Act and designates towns throughout the Cape as waste-management agencies.

“EPA is pleased that the Commonwealth, the Cape Cod Commission, Cape communities and residents have really stepped up with a strong plan to take action to protect the Cape’s environment and economy for generations to come,” EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding said. “This plan gives Cape communities the tools they need to design and implement local solutions across watershed boundaries. The next year is pivotal for Cape communities to make decisions on their path forward.”

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