Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer


for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard (Barnstable and Dukes counties)
has been approved by MDAR. (Click MDAR to see the letter)
The 21-day window begins today May 25th, upon receipt of the decision by MDAR.  The Department must receive your appeal within this time frame.  Attached is a link to the Rights of Way Regulations, 333 CMR 11.00.  See below for 333 CMR 11.09: Right-of-appeal.”
 11.09: Right-of-appeal:
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Department to approve, deny, modify or revoke a VMP orYOP may request an adjudicatory hearing. The request for a hearing must be received by the Department within 21 calendar days after receipt of the decision. The request should state clearly and concisely the facts of the proceeding, the reasons the decision is alleged to be inconsistent with 333 CMR 11.00 and the relief sought by the adjudicatory hearing. The adjudicatory hearing before the Pesticide Board shall be conducted in accordance with the informal rules of adjudicatory proceeding as set forth in M.G.L. c. 30A.


POCCA Cape Cod Agenda:

The spray list includes Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Sandwich and Yarmouth, along with Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury on the Vineyard.

See and Hear:

POCCA’S most pressing issue is to prevent EVERSOURCE from spraying herbicidal applications on Cape Cod’s power lines, which can potentially poison a swath of land 150 miles long and 200 feet wide—more than 5 square miles. There are safe alternatives! EVERSOURCE should cut and mow the vegetation as they have done in the past, which will help protect our water supply and environment.

We have launched this campaign to convince EVERSOURCE to rethink their plan and become a leader in protecting the environment. To help us, please sign the petition, join our email list, and make a donation to POCCA so we can continue this effort. Thank You!

Please add your email address so we can keep you informed of important issues and how our campaign is progressing.

Our Unique Landscape

Cape Cod’s landscape is unique—a fragile sandbar jutting far out to sea, surrounded by salt water and with an abundance of ponds, estuaries and bays but no major rivers or reservoirs. Our water is drawn from one source—from the ground, from the single aquifer that we all share. Each town on the Cape—even Provincetown, which has no potable water of its own and get its water from Truro—pumps its water from the ground. So no town is immune to potential water contamination.

Let’s do all we can to protect Cape Cod’s drinking water!

If you would like to support POCCA, you may donate HERE:
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to help us with the costs of paying for signs and other expenses, including maintaining this website and all paper work costs: fliers, brochures, rack cards, business cards, posters, paper & ink. All labor on behalf of POCCA is volunteer, we are only seeking to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

With your help, we will be able to preserve and protect
this beautiful place that we all love, Cape Cod.

Laura Kelley


9 thoughts on “POCCA

  1. I don’t understand why Nstar refuses to cooperate and insists on poisoning our environment. Obviously the solution is cheaper for them at our expense. Shame on them!

    • NSTAR cares little about the environment. Obvious, isn’t it? They serve their bottom line, their stockholders’ . It is the stockholders who should be concerned about the declining state of their conscience, particularly as it implicates their children and grandchildren fighting the cancer that comes from their current greed-fest.

  2. Why would NStar insist on spraying poison, and causing such irreversible environmental damage to Cape Cod’s precious water supply?
    My guess would be money–
    They obviously get paid for such a contract-
    Either way, they need to be stopped, & we ALL must support this cause-
    This is our drinking water-
    Please help in stopping NStar-
    How can we help?!

  3. Since glyphosate (Roundup) is demontrably carcinogenic to mice and rats, and is banned in European countries, why can’t a class action suit be filed against Eversource for using it where it can drain into Cape Cod’s sole-source aquifer?

  4. My Dad was sprayed, by this Garlon ultra 4. We’ve taken him to many doctors, their not treating him for it. He’s very sick, and believes, he’s not going to be living very much longer. He was sprayed on February 29, 2016 We just don’t know what to do. Location South Carolina. If anyone has, knowledge of who he can get help from, please respond.

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