Cape Cod Bay Marine MonitoringEntry ID: gomc_161
Abstract: The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies' Cape Cod Bay Monitoring
Project was a four-year study on the effects of the treated effluent from the
Boston Outfall, funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Oak
Foundation, Cape Cod Commission, and concerned citizens throughout the region.
In the spring of 2000, six months prior to the start-up of the multi-billion
dollar project to ... clean up Boston Harbor, the Center announced that it had
begun a careful study of possible nitrogen loading of Cape Cod Bay resulting
from the average discharge of 350 million gallons a day of treated effluent
from the Deer Island Treatment Plant into Massachusetts Bay.
The mission of this program is to:
* To study the quality and health of Cape Cod Bay through applied science
* To protect and when possible restore the Bay's estuaries and marshes,
barrier beaches, creeks, rivers and harbors from human and natural threats;
* To inform the public and decision makers about the natural resources of
the Bay and threats to their long-term protection;
* To advise local, state and federal resource managers about this unique
* To preserve Cape Cod Bay as a State Ocean Sanctuary, as defined by
Chapter 132 of the General Laws of Massachusetts.
In March of 2005, the Center's findings from its four-year study on the effects
of the treated effluent from the Boston Outfall were reported to the Cape Cod
Commission. The conclusion was that the outfall has had minimal impact on Cape
Cod Bay and the food supply of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. In
reporting the findings, however, Executive Director Peter Borrelli called upon
the commission to adopt a precautionary approach to Cape Cod Bay by supporting
continued research on potential long-term impacts of "upstream polluters" of
the marine environment.
As a follow-up to its four-year monitoring program on the effects of the Boston
Outfall on Cape Cod Bay, the board and staff of the Center have decided to
expand its commitment to marine conservation of Cape Cod Bay.
The Monitoring Program will provide monthly and annual reports on the state of
Cape Cod Bay
Waterbody or Watershed Names: CAPE COD BAY
Purpose: In its continued commitment to marine conservation, the Provincetown
Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) has launched the Cape Cod Bay Ocean Sanctuary
and Monitoring Program, which will include a comprehensive water quality
program and eelgrass studies. The Bay Monitoring Program will draw its science
and research staff from a number of other ongoing PCCS initiatives including
Right Whale Habitat ... Studies and Aerial Survey Programs, when and as needed.
Additional Information OR Comments: Contact Charles Mayo for data. A final
report is available in PDF format on the website.
Materials and Methods: PCCS monitored the zooplankton community (using surface
and oblique net tows and a vertical pump sampling system) at various depths,
tracked the ratio of nitrogen isotopes (N) within plankton, and recorded basic
oceanographic parameters (including conductivity, temperature, and depth)
throughout the year from 2000 through 2004.
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Data Set Citation
Other Citation Details: This summary was prepared by Dr. Gregg Moore of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
Start Date: 2000-11-01Stop Date: 2004-01-01
Quality Yes, EPA protocols were followed.
Access Constraints none noted
Use Constraints None noted
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 508 487 3623 x122
Email: acosta at cape.com
P.O. Box 1036
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02657
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2007-06-27