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The Project:

  • Executive Summary on the “State of Barnstable Harbor”
  • Long Term Vision
  • Change Behavior/ Consciousness

Potential Actions:


Fred Schilpp (chair), Gene Guill, Maureen O’Shea, Max Kumin, Jon Parker, Jon Brink, Alyson Pitts


The FoBH Environmental Committee held its initial meeting on Saturday, January 17th, 2015.

The meeting opened with a presentation by Cape Cod Commission’s Watershed Director, Tom Cambareri on watershed issues that impact Barnstable Harbor.  Discussed were watershed issues that affect Barnstable Harbor:

  • Septic as the primary source of Nitrogen: Septic -80%, Fertilizer -10%, Stormwater Run-off -10%
  • Northside septic systems different than southside due to issues with clay
  • MEP (Mass Estuaries Project) Water Quality Study
  • Nitrogen Budgets
  • Stormwater Run-off due to paved areas and large roofs
  • Barnstable Village “old septic lagoons”
  • McManus Effluent Discharge Site
  • Recommends “Waste Management Committees” for orgs. like FoBH

Tom stated that the southern embayments (southside Cape Cod) are more distressed than Barnstable Harbor due to our strong tides.  As a result, the southern embayments get more attention than BH.  Nevertheless, we should pursue the MEP water quality study as more information is needed to fully understand the condition of BH as these conditions are likely different across the harbor.  Tom also recommended engaging with the Town of Barnstable Citizens Action Committee and the town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan.

Post presentation discussion notes:

  • Native Planting & Landscaping Resource
  • Visibility Campaign:  FoBH endorsed lawn signs -Harbor Friendly Landscaping Practices
  • Phragmites as an “evolutionary” winner for their niche.  Improper eradication of phragmites has negative consequences
  • Shellfish:  Impact on Nitrogen, Ammonia, Chlorophyll, Bacteria, etc. levels
  • Status of additional aquaculture grants & T of B fertilizer statutes?


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