Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Dr. Doug Tallamy, entomology professor and author of Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, discusses simple steps that each of us can–and must– take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
September 15 Civic Association Meeting – Storm Water Management discussion led by Association to Preserve Cape Cod
New video from APCC on the cyanobacteria monitoring program. Special thanks to Joshua Maloney.
Cape Cod’s freshwater ponds are special ecosystems that offer beauty and recreational enjoyment. However, poor water quality and warming temperatures is contributing to cyanobacteria blooms whose toxicity can be harmful to pets, humans and wildlife. APCC started a program in 2017 that monitors freshwater ponds for these cyanobacteria blooms. With the help of APCC summer interns, volunteers, pond associations and several towns, we are sampling ponds and reporting out to the public and town officials so that warnings can be posted when warranted.
While this presentation relates to Cape Cod, you’ll find 6 tips to eco-friendly landscapes you can apply to your landscape wherever you live.
17 July 2020 — BREWSTER, MA — The Association to Preserve Cape Cod confirmed toxin-producing cyanobacteria blooms in two Brewster ponds earlier this year and expects to find more throughout the summer and into the fall. Cyanotoxins harm humans through ingestion, airborne exposure and direct contact while dogs and wildlife can die from drinking toxic pond water.
Stormwater Management System at Prince Cove
This is an example of a GI (green infrastructure) stormwater management installation to capture and treat stormwater before it enters Prince Cove. GI designs incorporate plants that help take up nutrients, filter sediments, slow the water down and allow the water to infiltrate slowly.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint #3
This is the final presentation in a 3 part series from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod about how to reduce your carbon footprint through food choices and landscape choices and is presented by Jacob Nelson and Mark Nelson.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint #2
This is the second session of three presentations brought to you by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and presented by Mark Nelson. In this 25 minute video, learn more about going solar and the transportation choices that can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint #1
This is the first in a three part series of sessions with information about what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, sponsored by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and presented by Mark Nelson.
How To Count Herring
Each spring, volunteers across Cape Cod sign up to help APCC gather information about river herring that move up streams into freshwater ponds to spawn. This video describes what a herring monitor does. Volunteers receive training to gather data April through May. APCC collects the raw data and organizes the information which is then provided to the MA Dept of Marine Fisheries who job it is to make management decisions related to the health of the herring population.
State of the Waters: Cape Cod 2019
APCC’s executive director, Andrew Gottlieb, announces the release of the State of the Waters: Cape Cod 2019 report. Most of the Cape’s embayments and ponds have water quality problems. To see the details of the report and an interactive map, see the dedicated website CapeCodWaters.org
The Association to Preserve Cape Cod and the town of Barnstable have partnered through Barnstable Channel 18 to create a series of informational videos. The goal of the series is to educate and inform members of the public about what they can do to help keep our waters clean. The first video in the series provides an introduction to stormwater management. Stormwater 101!
Deadly to Dogs, Harmful to Humans: Cape Cod’s Cyanobacteria Crisis
16 August 2019 — BREWSTER, MA – Cyanotoxins can turn a pond deadly. In Cape Cod’s abundant ponds, these by-products of cyanonbacteria blooms create a microscopic danger to humans, pets and wildlife who touch the water, swallow the water, or in some cases just breath the air around an impacted pond.
Cyanobacteria Monitoring in Freshwater Ponds: Cape Cod
Working with scientists from University of New Hampshire, the Cyanobacteria Collaborative and volunteers, APCC began a freshwater pond monitoring program in 2017. The goal is to develop a monitoring program using a rapid assessment method for determining when toxic cyanobacteria blooms are present. More at APCC.org/cyano
The Jewels of Cape Cod – Our Freshwater Ponds
When you think of Cape Cod, you generally envision a coastal shoreline of sandy beaches and ocean air. But did you know the Cape has almost 1,000 freshwater ponds? Ponds are a critical component of the Cape’s environment and quality of life and they are at risk.
Barnstable Today Daily News Program
A Pond Protector at Eastham’s Library
May 18 2018 – EASTHAM, MA – During a recent workshop, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Horsley Witten Group, and the Town of Eastham demonstrated its accessible and eco-friendly approach to storm water management.
Coonamessett River Restoration – Falmouth MA
It started with a vision. And, with the support of many partners and the citizens of the town of Falmouth, the Coonamessett River will be restored to improve habitat for anadromous herring and for the public’s passive enjoyment of nature trails. This is the story of the Coonamessett River Restoration. This video was produced with support from The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.
A Cape Cod Rain Garden at APCC
As part of its Living Laboratory Landscape, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) recently installed a rain garden. Rain gardens are a natural and beautiful way to control storm water runoff, filtering the groundwater before it reaches our aquifer or estuaries. Learn more about rain gardens and how you can install your own.
Porous paving at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Rain flows over regular pavement picking up pollutants and trash, often into storm sewers or directly into water bodies. The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), as part of its Living Landscape Laboratory, installed porous pavement on the path and handicapped parking area of their new facility in Dennis, MA. Learn more about what this is and why it could be a good alternative.
Tidal Flows Across Cape Cod
The Association to Preserve Cape Cod has been monitoring salt marshes across the Cape, in consultation with the Massachusetts Offices of Coastal Zone Management and Mass Bays Program, since 2003.
SM Program Video2
An overview of the important work we’re doing in Cape Cod salt marshes, and a thank you to our members who make it possible.
River herring are a crucial link in the coastal food chain. During the spring and summer, many fish and wildlife species eat herring as the herring migrate to their spawning areas. In the ocean, herring also fill an important niche.
Association to Preserve Cape Cod Throw Back!
We recently found this video in our archives and had it digitized. It’s amazing to see how much of the Cape still looks like it did in the early 1970’s!
Saving Paradise Video Series
Saving Paradise is a documentary series created by APCC and produced by Undercurrent Productions, to educate the public on the issues and potential solutions for Cape Cod’s wastewater challenge.
It is our hope that this video series will inspire and engage Cape Codders in moving forward to find solutions to our wastewater dilemma. Please watch the videos below and help us get the word out by sharing them with others.
Video 3: Sea Level Rise: Changing Cape Cod’s Groundwater
Sea level rise is threatening Cape Cod’s coastline, but the impacts are not always visible. Funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod teamed up with the US Geological Survey and the Cape Cod Commission to map and model how rising seas are causing groundwater to rise under our feet. As USGS Hydrologist Peter Weiskel puts it, this could be called “an inundation from below” study.
Video 2: Water For Oysters
A look at the potential for shellfish aquaculture to clean up Cape Cod?s troubled estuaries, with a behind-the-scenes view of life on an oyster farm, input from experts at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and a captivating oyster water filtration timelapse, the video provides a comprehensive perspective on a little-known, yet promising, adaptive wastewater management strategy.
Video 1: Cape Cod’s Water at Risk
The first in a series, this short documentary explains the personal connection each individual on Cape Cod has to our ponds, bays and drinking water, and how nutrient pollution primarily from septic systems directly impacts the quality of our lives here on this peninsula. This is a problem that affects you and me. And the longer we wait, the worse it will get.
We know that finding solutions to Cape Cod?s wastewater problem requires a commitment from Cape Codders to agree on the decisions necessary to improve and protect our irreplaceable water resources. But we also know there are thousands of Cape residents who are still not part of the regional discussion. We must change this equation!