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Inner Cape Cod Bay ACEC Designation
Total approximate acreage: 2,600 acresWatershed/subwatershed: Cape Cod/Namskaket CreekMunicipalities (% of ACEC): Brewster (15%), Eastham (56%), Orleans (29%)
The Inner Cape Cod Bay ACEC was nominated by the Conservation Commissions, Boards of Selectmen, and Planning Boards from the Towns of Brewster, Eastham, and Orleans and was designated as an ACEC in 1985 because of the area’s extraordinary natural resources. The boundary for this ACEC generally follows the 10-foot contour line on the landward side, and the mean low water on the seaward side, and extends from First Encounter Beach south to include Namskaket Creek. Included within the ACEC boundary are hundreds of acres of saltmarsh, highly productive shellfish beds, undisturbed wildlife habitat, barrier beaches, salt ponds, and tidal rivers and creeks. These areas provide flood control, storm damage prevention, improved water quality, and recreation opportunities to surrounding communities.
What coastal resources are included (partially or entirely) in the ACEC?
Inner Cape Cod Bay ACEC - Index Map
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