POCCA was founded in July 2013 in response to growing concerns about water quality on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Wastewater Management Plan points out that all the towns of Cape Cod share a water table, and many of the Cape’s watersheds straddle more than one town. In other words, waste-water and drinking water problems are a Cape-wide issue, not an issue each town can solve on its own. Several local towns experienced voter rejection of well-planned water infrastructure projects which were deemed unaffordable at the municipal level. We have to work together on a regional level to solve these problems.
POCCA was formed to help disseminate information and help educate the public about the growing problems and possible solutions regarding water management, as well as lobby for tighter controls over pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer use on Cape Cod.
POCCA’S most pressing issue is to prevent NSTAR from spraying herbicidal applications on Cape Cod’s power lines. To see how you can help, please visit the POCCA NSTAR page.
Our Unique Landscape
Cape Cod’s landscape is unique—a fragile sandbar jutting far out to sea, surrounded by salt water and with an abundance of ponds, estuaries and bays but no major rivers or reservoirs. Our water is drawn from one source—from the ground, from the single aquifer that we all share. Each town on the Cape—even Provincetown, which has no potable water of its own and get its water from Truro—pumps its water from the ground. So no town is immune to potential water contamination.
The Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Wastewater Management Plan http://www.capecodcommission.org features maps showing the cross-boundary watersheds, as well as the degree of concern for each of the 14 towns on the Cape. As one would expect, there is greater concern in the Upper Cape, in the built-up areas of Falmouth and Hyannis, than in the Outer Cape towns where much of the land is protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Let’s do all we can to protect Cape Cod’s drinking water!
Natural step forward for Provincetown municipal lawns—
Provincetown hires a Non-Toxic Consultant.
POCCA encourages all other Cape towns to adopt the same practices as Provincetown.
Click here to read the full article…
Letters to Cape newspapers from concerned and informed citizens:
“Pouring multiple poisons into the single-source aquifer from which we all drink our water is insanity!”
— Brian O’Malley, M.D., Provincetown
Dr. Brian O’Malley, a doctor in Provincetown, wrote to the editor of the Times last week:
“I write to go on record as a year-round resident of Barnstable County, opposed to NStar’s proposed use of herbicides to maintain its power line rights of way. I speak with the experience of 35 years’ practice in primary care internal medicine in Provincetown, 11 years’ involvement as a director of Cape Cod Healthcare, and three years as a current member of its Community Health Committee. Water is the basis of all life. The search for life on Mars is focused on evidence of water. The physiology — the functioning — of all living cells is built around water. Pouring multiple poisons into the single-source aquifer from which we all drink our water is insanity! This was the unambiguous message from the votes of every one of the 15 town meetings on the Cape this year. Find another solution to the weeds along the power lines.”
“NStar wants to put this herbicide in our drinking water.
When citizens do their homework, research the latest data, and no one pays attention, it’s a sad, sad day.”
— Alexandra Grabbe, Wellfleet
Read full letter in the Cape Cod Times HERE
Our Current Concern:
NSTAR’S Planned Herbicidal Applications
Our most pressing concern is that the Cape Cod’s utility company NSTAR has recently announced plans to commence using toxic herbicides on land beneath power lines.
They should cut and mow the vegetation as they have done in the past, as this means that a swath of land 150 miles long and 200 feet wide—more than 5 square miles of our land—can potentially be poisoned when there are safe alternatives.
We have launched this campaign to convince NSTAR to rethink their plan and to become a leader in protecting the environment. http://www.nstar.com/about_nstar/sustainability/
Currently the sign that you see above is out of stock, and we are waiting for donations to reach $500 so we can purchase 50 more. If you are interested in having a yard sign let us know by email HERE and we will contact you as soon as we have more signs available, and thank you for considering a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs.
You may donate HERE:
to help us with the costs of paying for signs and other expenses, including maintaining this website and all paper work costs: fliers, brochures, rack cards, business cards, posters, paper & ink. All labor on behalf of POCCA is volunteer, we are only seeking to cover out-of-pocket expenses.
With your help, we will be able to preserve and protect
this beautiful place that we all love, Cape Cod.
Laura Kelley and Gillian Drake,
FOUNDERS of POCCA