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Speak Up for Ponds and Lakes

APCC’s third annual State of the Waters: Cape Cod report is out and we encourage you to review it. While there is a lot of information and important policy recommendations throughout the report, the one I want to focus attention on pertains to lakes and ponds. More...

Stay Tuned

Perhaps more so than in prior years, this New Year left me with a greater sense of urgency than most. It could be a function of getting older and more aware of the passage of time. That is probably part of it. But another factor is a combined sense of great...

Better Days Ahead

APCC closed out a very busy and productive year with the release of the 3rd annual update of our State of the Waters: Cape Cod report. The findings this year continue to document declining water quality in our estuaries, ponds and in some drinking water supplies. The...

Looking Ahead

Still, at the end of every hard day People find some reason to believe Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen, 1982 Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking: I hope something will happen but I’m not going to do...

Number Two No Longer

The next five years will be the Golden Age for wastewater management on Cape Cod. As you no doubt know, President Biden recently signed a federal infrastructure funding bill into law. Of the many areas of interest to Cape Cod towns is the infusion of additional water...

Radioactive Water

As of last week, I was pretty sure that the proposed siting of the multi-purpose machine gun range on top of the water supply that serves the Upper Cape was the winner of the worst environmental idea award for 2021. I am no longer sure as we learned of a proposal to...

Thanksgiving

This week kicks off the 2021 holiday season. For many of us, the upcoming holidays come with the hope that this season will feel more normal than the 2020 season did. That said, it is impossible to ignore the disruption, pain, sacrifice, and loss that we have all...

“But you said…”

I got a coin in my palm I can make it disappear I got a card up my sleeve Name it and I'll pull it out your ear I got a rabbit in my hat If you wanna come and see This is what will be This is what will be I got shackles on my wrists Soon I'll slip 'em and be gone...

Can You Hear Me Now?

Yep, that was a big storm, and it did a lot of damage. It was not the direct hit of a summer hurricane that will eventually strike us, but it was clearly a wakeup call. For many of us, it was the only call we received for a few days because one of the big casualties...

Long Walk Home

I’m just back home from attending town meeting as I write this and I’m agitated. Not for the typical reason that something I cared about lost. To the contrary, all the environmental protection measures were approved. I’m upset because I feel like the proxy culture...

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