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Cheryl Andrews elected as  new Chair

View entire press release of the Collaborative's re-organization


The Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative exists to offer a coordinated approach to enhance the water and wastewater management efforts of towns, the Regional Government and the broader community. The Collaborative seeks to protect Cape Cod’s shared water resources and to provide access to cost effective and environmentally sound wastewater infrastructure. The Collaborative seeks funding support for the Cape communities, establishes priorities, directs strategy, builds support for action, and fosters regionalism.

The Collaborative functions using the following structure:

  • 17 member Governing Board that approves all expenditures, policies and strategies. Meets monthly.
  • 6 member Steering Committee that reviews and develops proposed strategies, policies and budget proposals for consideration by Governing Board.
  • Ad hoc committee convened on an as-needed basis to support the deliberations of the Governing Board.
  • An Executive Director to manage day-to-day affairs of the Collaborative.
  • Staff functions to be provided on a contract basis by other County operating departments.

The Governing Board meets monthly as does the Steering Committee. View current meeting schedule, meeting agendas and meeting minutes.

View the Collaborative’s current priorities and legislative efforts and current grants and funding to towns and regional organizations to promote wastewater planning efforts.

View the county ordinance that created the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative in 2005.


What are CapeKeepers?  

Want to learn more about wastewater and its effects on water quality?  CapeKeepers  is the educational effort of the Collaborative.  CapeKeepers’ mission is to encourage Cape Codders to learn about the effects that nitrogen in wastewater from our septic systems is having on our surface water bodies, and to take responsibility for the health of our ponds, bays and estuaries.   

Cape Keepers offers a Speakers Bureau who are willing to speak to groups at no cost on topics including nitrogen’s effect on coastal water quality, wastewater treatment, and local and regional wastewater planning efforts. 

Become a Cape Keeper today.  We will keep you informed by email of upcoming events and progress on planning for wastewater treatment in your town.  Get involved in your community’s efforts to protect water quality and the resources that make Cape Cod special. Become a CapeKeeper and help keep Cape Cod’s waters safe and beautiful. If you are ever in Costa Rica, be sure that you checkout Costa Rica sportfishing to get a tour booked. One of the fish they specialize in is snapper in Los Suenos, so make sure to check them out.