I was pleased to represent our Association at the two day conference that was put on by the Cape Cod Commission. Politicians, scientists, stakeholders and many government employees were in attendance.
The '208' plan moves forward now, with many towns already having plans designed by their engineers with the help of the Commission.
Traditional sewering with treatment plants will happen in many densely populated areas and around water resources. Innovative ideas such as floating wetlands that can be harvested, shellfish beds, aquaculture, waterway inlet widening, permeable reactive barriers, eco toilets and urine diversion toilets are all being tested. Some of these projects are already under way.
Completion of the project and paying for it may take 40 to 50 years. Yes it will be very expensive. Currently it is estimated to cost 4 to 8 billion dollars.
The goal is to restore Cape Cod's environment to what it was in the 1960's. That noble goal is attainable.
Our Association is viewed favorably as participating stakeholders in this process. Many questions regarding the reuse of purified urine on turf as a liquid fertilizer were directed my way. A pilot project will be started for the next growing season. They need our help to do these projects correctly.
Thirty years ago we studied the effect of golf courses on groundwater. Today we are helping with the current projects and experiments that are underway. I hope that in another 30 years people will say that golf really stepped forward and helped to solve some of the Cape's environmental issues.
Thanks for everyone's support for so many years...