Draft Amendments to Title 5 Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend the Title 5 regulations, 310 CMR 15.000, to enhance protection of embayments and estuaries—particularly on Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts—from nitrogen pollution originating primarily from wastewater. The proposed amendments will add nitrogen reduction provisions within natural resource areas for Title 5 systems. MassDEP is also proposing new related regulations at 314 CMR 21.00 to provide a voluntary watershed permitting approach to control nitrogen and other pollutants from entering the embayments and estuaries.

The draft regulations will be published on the MassDEP website at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massdep-public-hearings-comment-opportunities.

MassDEP will conduct three public hearings:

In-person & Remote, MassDEP, 20 Riverside Dr., Lakeville, MA, November 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Register for remote session in advance at:

Remote Only, December 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Register in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BTOR_A3oSI6EZm56mYdoRw

In-person & Remote, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St., Hyannis, MA, December 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Register for remote session in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f_YXLbaZRRyJsmdYrtDjNQ

After registering for remote sessions, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You do not need to register in advance to attend either of the hearings in-person. Comments on the proposed revisions may be presented orally at the public hearing.
This information is available in alternate format Contact Glynis Bugg at 617-348-4040. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2022. All comments submitted
must include the name and contact information of the person providing the comments.

If you have any questions or would like to request a copy of the proposed amendments, please contact Marybeth Chubb by email at marybeth.chubb@mass.gov.

Attention Bourne Bridge Users

Bourne Bridge repair work:

Inspection and maintenance work will be performed on the Bourne Bridge on Oct. 25, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the scheduled work hours, northbound traffic heading off Cape Cod will be reduced to one lane of travel to safely accommodate the work zones.  Both southbound lanes on the bridge will remain open during this period.

No wide loads will be permitted to cross the bridge while the lane restrictions are in place.

Work schedule is weather permitting.

Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association Meeting Tonight

Please join the Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association at Freedom Hall, Tuesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. for a meeting that will feature a discussion by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). Chris Kilian, Vice President of Strategic Litigation, will offer a comprehensive update on the organization’s work to preserve and restore Cape Cod’s waters. Mr. Kilian’s presentation will be directly followed by a Q&A.

For more than fifty years, CLF has protected New England’s environment for the benefit of all people – using a combination of the law, science and the markets to preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. Learn more about CLF HERE

Zoom will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Zoom meeting ID: 818 7754 7056 and the pass code is 740109. The audio feed from Freedom Hall can be unreliable and this is compounded by the difficulty of participating in discussions when attending by Zoom therefore all are encouraged to attend this meeting in person.