Cape Cod Commission to hold meetings on regional water plan
Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA), 2014-08-10
Aug. 10 -- BARNSTABLE -- The Cape Cod Commission will hold a series of meetings in the next three months to release a draft regional water quality management plan. A draft of the Section 208 plan will be released Friday at Cape Cod Community College's Tilden Auditorium , according to the regional land-use agency.
The state awarded the commission $3.35 million in January 2013 to develop the regional plan. The plan initially was required under the federal Clean Water Act but had not been updated since 1978, prompting one of two lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency by environmental groups seeking to force the cleanup of Cape Cod's bays and ponds.
Friday's meeting will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the release of subregional watershed plans in the following order: Outer Cape plan Aug. 22 , Mid-Cape plan Aug. 29 , Lower Cape plan Sept. 5 and Upper Cape plan Sept. 12 .
A series of stakeholder sessions and public comment periods will be held for each of the subregional plans: Sept. 10 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St. ; Sept. 23 at Chatham Community Center , 702 Main St. ; Oct. 7 at the Cape Cod Commission's offices, 3225 Main St. in Barnstable Village ; and Oct. 21 at Mashpee Town Hall , 16 Great Neck Road North , according to the agency. Stakeholder sessions will run from 2 to 4 p.m. , and public comment periods will be from 4 to 6 p.m. , according to the agency.
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