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Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

864 Main St, Osterville, Ma 02655, Usa
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Our mission To restore and preserve clean water throughout Barnstable.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

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Outreach and Fundraising Events

Help with various assignments at events, engage with public, educate on BCWC work, and help with event setup/breakdown as needed.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • On-site

Streamflow Monitoring

BCWC tests for Nitrate, TKN (Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, or the total concentration of organic nitrogen and ammonia) and measures the velocity of water running through the entire river system at ten stations. Temperature is also measured at each site. While out on the river, we collect water samples from every location that are taken for analysis at the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment’s Water Quality Laboratory. By compiling all this data, we can determine the amount of nitrogen moving through the river each day.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
How you help Volunteers help BCWC staff with: monitoring river herring during the annual spring spawning run up the Marstons Mills River; collecting water samples and associated water quality data at 13 locations in the Three Bays estuary, at 19 sites along the Marstons Mills River and cranberry bogs, and at 31 ponds in Barnstable; monitoring 6 stations for marine invasive species in Barnstable; raising and caring for oysters in our Hyannis upweller; and educating the public about clean water issues at outreach and community events.
About us Waters on Cape Cod are impaired, mostly by excess nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphate, and other contaminants. These waters include not only bays, ponds and streams, but the sole source aquifer that provides our drinking water. Although stormwater runoff and fertilizers are contributing factors, 80% of the nutrient pollution problems are septic system related. BCWC utilizes four core components to achieve our mission: Educate, Monitor, Mitigate and Advocate.Educate: Engage with our diverse community about water quality issues and challenges through outreach events, lectures, volunteer opportunities, and videos on our website.Monitor: Measure water quality using comprehensive scientific methods to collect qualitative and quantitative data. Our current monitoring locations include 31 ponds in Barnstable, the Three Bays estuary, and the Marstons Mills River.Mitigate: Implement and test Non-Traditional Technologies (NTTs) to clean our waters. These include: alternative septic systems, permeable reactive barriers, and shellfish propagation. Our newest natural treatment systems are three woodchip-based bioreactors being tested in a system of cranberry bogs in Marstons Mills. Advocate: Campaign for positive environmental change on local, state, and federal levels. Encourage the community to be a part of the solution.
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