Cape Cod Bay and responsible boating

Two of the (many) missions of the DNR are water quality and protection of Brewster's environment, including our beaches and tidal flats.  One great recent development has been the "no discharge" regulations for Cape Cod Bay that prevent the discharge of boat sewage into the bay.  Now most of the coast of Massachusetts is covered by these regulations.  This means that boaters need to have access to pumpout stations.  If you are a boater in other sections of the coast, you are probably familiar with the process, and it really is not a big deal to comply.

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and the Nantucket Soundkeeper are working on a 2010 Boater’s Guide for Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay. This will be an updated version of the guide published last year for Nantucket Sound, with new information that also applies to Cape Cod Bay.  By combining the info into one publication, they save money, and reach a much broader audience.

If you are not familiar with the guide, you can download last year's version here:

2009 Boater's Guide

The guide includes a lot more than just pumpout station locations; it talks about whale watching etiquete, fishing regulations, boating laws and regulations, how to be a "green" boater, important contact numbers, a list of marinas, and tow boat operators.  It is designed to be a guide you can keep on your boat for when you need it.

The plan is to publish and distribute 12,000 copies of the Guide around the Cape and Islands by mid-June.  To do this, we need to have a solid amount of committed funding by the end of March to go forward with the Guide. Some funding is coming from the Clean Vessel Act Program within the Division of Marine Fisheries (approximately $5,000), and they are submitting an application to BoatUS Foundation for $4,000.  However, this is only about 1/3 of the funding required for the project.

If you are interested in helping support this effort, or know of anyone we should approach as supporters or advertisers,  please contact:

Pat Hughes, Marine Policy Coordinator
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
115 Bradford Street

Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

Phone: 508-487-3623 x 121
Pat Hughes