Water quality issues on Cape Cod, Massachusetts stem from an increasing population as well as an influx of summer tourists that nearly triple the local population. Excess nitrogen enters area waterbodies primarily through septic systems as well as stormwater and nitrogen-rich fertilizers. In this episode of the “Clean Water Pod” podcast, listeners will hear about local efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution, such as alternative septic systems and cranberry bog restoration.

Host Jeff Berckes speaks with Jennifer Loughran, project manager for innovative solutions at Barnstable Clean Water Coalition; Erin Perry, deputy director of the Cape Cod Commission; and Sara Wigginton, microbiologist at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center.

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About The Clean Water Pod

Through perspectives and stories from across the country, the “Clean Water Pod” explores the challenges and successes of restoring and protecting water quality through the Clean Water Act 303(d) program.

This podcast is funded by a grant through the U.S. EPA and produced by Flip the Field and NEIWPCC.

Learn more about our work around the 303(d) program.