In 2003, MassDEP received a multi-year grant from EPA to develop guidance for MEP communities on technical and institutional nitrogen reduction strategies. A roadmap for changes in state policy and regulation to support innovative nitrogen reduction strategies that would include watershed-based permitting and nutrient trading was also to be developed as part of this grant.

Three pilot estuaries that represented a wide range of conditions were targeted for assistance through this grant: Popponesset Bay (Mashpee, Barnstable, and Sandwich), Three Bays (also Mashpee, Barnstable, and Sandwich), and Pleasant Bay (Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, and Brewster).

The final report was submitted to EPA and published in November 2008. The following sections are provided as reference points to the document.

For a complete copy of the report: "Inter-municipal Watershed Planning & TMDL Implementation to Restore Embayment Water Quality on Cape Cod: Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing Coastal Watersheds" please contact George Zoto by email, George.Zoto@state.ma.us or call 508.562.7162 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday; or 508-946-2820 Wednesday & Friday.

 

Full Project Proposal to EPA, Aug 2004:
Protecting Coastal Waters through Watershed-Wide Permitting and Nutrient Trading in Three Massachusetts Estuaries doc format of Coastal Watershed Study Proposal pdf format of Coastal Watershed Study Proposal

Executive Summary:
Nitrogen TMDL Planning: Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing a Coastal Watershed - Executive Summary doc format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Ex.Summ. pdf format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Ex.Summ.

Introduction, acknowledgements, and preface:
Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing a Coastal Watershed - Introduction, Acknowledgements, and Preface doc format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Front Matter pdf format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Front Matter

Table of Contents:
Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing a Coastal Watershed - Table of Contents doc format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Contents pdf format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Contents

List of Appendices:
Nitrogen TMDL Planning: Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing a Coastal Watershed - Appendices doc format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Appendices pdf format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Appendices

Chapter 1 - Full Version:
Nitrogen TMDL Planning: Three Case Studies of Towns Sharing a Coastal Watershed - Chapter 1 doc format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Chapter 1 pdf format of Nitrogen TMDL Planning Case Studies Chapter 1

 

Outreach Poster showing resources, maps, and progress of towns in the Estuaries Project pdf format of Massachusetts Estuaries Project Outreach Poster