Our Water-Coastal Health Tool Kit

  HELP PROTECT BARNSTABLE'S WATER RESOURCES

Try the 3R's to help Barnstable water quality - REDUCE, RECONSIDER and REDIRECT

Reduce-
                        pollutants from entering surface and groundwater


 How you can take action:

 

  • Dispose properly of unwanted medications
Secure boxes are available at Cape Cod Hospital pharmacy, CVS, or the Barnstable Hyannis Police Station on Phinney's Lane, for unwanted medications
Or  Click here for County brochure 
  • Buy small quantities of hazardous materials, so you have to dispose of less.

  • Take your used motor oil to the Town Transfer Station for recycling
  • Bring unwanted household chemicals to Cape Cod Household Waste Collection 
    For more information call Cape Cod Extension at (508) 375-6690
    Hazardous Material Collection days-link
  • Maintain a healthy septic system: 
     Have regular inspections and pump the septic tank 
     Massachusetts State DEP recommends pumping at least every three years
    MADEP Caring for your Septic click here for link 

  • Remove pet waste for the soil surface

    Waste disposal options:

  • When possible flush waste in a toilet (without bag
  • Bury waste away from water resources Try a dog dooley
  • Or put waste in the trash in a sealed bag

  • Help wildlife by allowing them to eat their natural diet

Feeding birds is unhealthy for them and attracts large groups, which pollute ponds and beach areas


  • Secure your trash
indirectly feeding animals can spread contaminants 


Reconsider-

                          lawn/garden management practices to prioritize healthy water


 How you can take action:

 


  • Use less, or eliminate fertilizers


    Green lawns = green ponds    


 


Redirect-
                          storm
run-off away from surface waters


 How you can take action:

 

  • Infiltrate rainwater from impervious surfaces –let rain from pavement go into soil, not directly into storm drains

 

  • Create rain gardens or buffer strips to redirect polluted run off from storm drains and water ways


  • Limit soil erosion-with vegetation, geo-textiles, mulch, or retaining walls.

 

  • Use porous pavements or reduce hard surfaces with gravel or porous pavers to encourage infiltration                        

 

  • Wash cars and boats where water can be collected and treated, so soaps and toxins (oil, bottom paint)  that wash off stay out of waterways