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CapeNews: Sandwich Enlists Help To Test Ponds For Cyanobacteria

CapeNews: Sandwich Enlists Help To Test Ponds For Cyanobacteria

For the first time in its long history of testing the water at public beaches, the town has partnered with an outside agency to help ensure that Cyanobacteria are kept at bay.

The Association To Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has already begun testing several of the town’s freshwater ponds for the bacteria that can poison humans and animals.

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Cape Cod Times: Association to Preserve Cape Cod seeks public records from Guard general

JOINT BASE CAPE COD — The Association to Preserve Cape Cod has filed a public records request for all communications sent by a general to federal, state and local elected officials, following an email he sent earlier this month.

Brig. Gen. Christopher Faux, the executive director of Joint Base Cape Cod, sent an email to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce threatening to withdraw military support from area businesses if the business community did not support a proposed machine-gun range at the base.

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Boston Globe: General in charge of Joint Base Cape Cod threatens businesses who won’t publicly support a proposed machine gun range

In retaliation for the lack of vocal community support for a controversial machine gun range proposed for Joint Base Cape Cod, the commanding general has threatened to order the thousands of soldiers scheduled to visit the base every weekend this summer not to patronize local restaurants or other businesses.

In an e-mail this week to the deputy director of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Brigadier General Christopher M. Faux complained that the “only folks that speak up are naysayers, activists, and anti-military groups.”

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Why Any of It Matters

Why Any of It Matters

It is almost impossible to have not heard something about high cost of housing, if you can find it, here on Cape Cod. The advocates for housing that supports year-round resident s and the economy make a good case and I am not going to repeat it here, as APCC is a part of that discussion in other forums. The point I want to emphasize today is that the need for housing and expanded economic opportunity is all predicated on one critical factor that still does not get the attention it warrants. A clean, healthy, and fully functioning environment is the foundation for everything on Cape Cod.

Without clean drinking water, access to beaches, ponds to swim in, fish to catch, trails to walk, breathable air, open spaces (do we really need to debate their importance after the last 14 months?) and marine waters teeming with life, there is nothing to talk about, or invest in, on Cape Cod. Without these sustaining elements of life there would be no worry about housing shortages and high prices, nor would there be businesses hurting for workers. Why? It’s simple: Our environment drives everything else. Without environmental quality, Cape Cod would be just another example of a place of former glory that consumed and tainted the very things that brought people there in the first place.

We need to remind ourselves while we come together collectively as a community to address issues related to housing and opportunity that the expanded protection of our environmental resources is central to the discussion of how we move forward. While we do things to address our economic future, we must do so in full recognition that it cannot come at the expense of further investment in our environment. Yes, more investment in the protection of important open spaces, more investment in infrastructure to clean our waters, more investment in drinking water protection, more investment in environmental restoration of degraded and altered wetlands and bogs, and greater attention to our role as stewards of the landscape. We need it all because without it, don’t waste your time, energy and resources thinking about building new stuff because without a solid foundation, it will all eventually collapse.

Boston Globe: The National Guard wants to clear 170 acres of woods on Cape Cod for a new machine gun range

Boston Globe: The National Guard wants to clear 170 acres of woods on Cape Cod for a new machine gun range

JOINT BASE CAPE COD — In a clearing in the woods of these sprawling training grounds, First Lieutenant Patrick Foley peered down the barrel of his M4 assault rifle and awaited the command “weapons free.” Then the medevac pilot fired 40 rounds at a series of people-shaped targets that popped up from mounds of dirt in the distance, striking all but eight of them.

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Historic Award of Grants for Cape Cod Water Protection

In an historic step, the first-ever grants from the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund were issued on April 16, 2021 to local towns. Projects will include innovative strategies and alternative septic system technologies and wastewater treatment plants, as well as drainage improvements and water treatment programs. The ultimate goal is to improve water quality in freshwater ponds and marine resources. On this episode, we explain why it’s important and what it means for the future of clean water on Cape Cod.

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Boston Globe: ‘Forever chemicals’ pervade drinking water sources on Cape Cod, study finds

Boston Globe: ‘Forever chemicals’ pervade drinking water sources on Cape Cod, study finds

The compounds have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and suppression of the immune system.

The primary source of drinking water for tens of thousands of people on Cape Cod has elevated levels of toxic chemicals, according to a new study. Scientists at Harvard University found that several watersheds on the upper Cape around Mashpee had 40 times more PFAS — known as “forever chemicals” because they never fully degrade — than new state rules allow. The compounds have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and suppression of the immune system.

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