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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
October 31 2017 – Barnstable, MA – APCC, Horsley Witten Group and the Town of Barnstable with funding from the EPA Southeast New England Program hosted a green infrastructure stormwater maintenance workshop to educate and train town Department of Public Works staff in proper operation and maintenance of these stormwater treatment systems. For downloadable materials go to:
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 stormwater management educating the public about the rain gardens installed at the library and training staff and volunteers in how to maintain them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently we set up a time lapse camera in several locations across the Cape to capture tidal elevation in our salt marshes.
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.
River herring are also keystone species; that is, species whose health and well-being reflects the overall state of the coastal ecosystem. They reflect watershed problems, such as man-made alteration of the natural hydrology, and water pollution.
The Association to Preserve Cape Cod has been monitoring herring runs across Cape Cod since 2009.
APCC recently uncovered a decades old video in our archives that shows how the benefits and challenges of living on Cape Cod have changed—and how they haven't—since the early 1970's.