Cape Cod Comprehensive Regional Wastewater Management Strategy Development Project
The goal of this grant was to assist Cape Cod towns that are engaged in wastewater management planning and provide a regional context for wastewater management solutions. The grant explored variety of wastewater infrastructure choices and better management alternatives that will protect and restore sensitive water resources while maintaining economic sustainability.
The Barnstable County Commissioners established the Wastewater Implementation Committee (WIC) as an advisory committee to Barnstable County. The committee serves as a regional forum on wastewater issues for sharing information and coordination between towns, the county, and state programs. The exchange of information at this forum provides an opportunity to reach a regional consensus on funding, management, technology, policy and other issues related to wastewater and develop this consensus into a new regional wastewater management plan. The goal of the WIC is to address wastewater issues in a manner that incorporates good science, appropriate technologies and acceptable legal and financial means of implementation.
The creation of the Wastewater Implementation Committee (WIC) coincided with a growing level of interest and activities in wastewater issues across Cape Cod. Among recent WIC activities are discussion of: 1) potential state legislation to generate funding for wastewater infrastructure on Cape Cod; 2) Cape Cod Commission planning and regulatory activities; 3) County Health on-site septic system technology review activities; 4) Business Round Table efforts to link Cape Cod’s sustainable economic future with environmental quality; 5) the Massachusetts Estuary Project; and 6) coordination with the County Assembly of Delegates regarding Wastewater Management Reserve Fund expenditures.
1) Cape Cod’s widespread use of individual septic system has reached a point where most Cape Cod towns are actively engaged in wastewater management and water resource protection discussions.
2) The Wastewater Implementation Committee (or WIC) is embarking on an ambitious agenda to facilitate and encourage towns to initiate wastewater management strategies that protect public health, restore coastal and fresh surface water quality, preserve community character and provide growth center infrastructure.
3) Cape Cod will require innovative management strategies and additional treatment capacity to accomplish any significant changes in wastewater infrastructure and water quality improvement.
4) The WIC is now engaged in: 1) Wastewater Management Districts study, 2) assisting the County in prioritizing expenditures for wastewater projects, 3) developing new initiatives, 4) discussion and preparation of a Regional Wastewater Management Planning document and 5) providing a regional forum for ongoing projects and programs.