Environmental Awareness

What can we do to protect ourselves from spraying on power lines

 Why can’t we have electricity without poisoning our drinking water?

Are we going to allow corporate behavior to undermine the web of life on Cape Cod?
Our health, our environment and our finances are at stake. Get involved. You live here.

It is the greatest mistake for all of us is to do nothing!

Report what you see to your Town Health Dept and also to poccacapecod@gmail.com.POCCA continues to work with Eversource and MDAR, yet spraying continues.


Barnstable, Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich and Yarmouth are being sprayed with 5 different herbicides from Oct 1st to December 31st 2016. There are many things you can to do to protect yourself:

1 – Close all windows in homes and cars, relocate sensitive persons, keep kids & pets off of power lines until after many seasons.

2 – Leave shoes outside for they will bring in chemical toxins that linger in your carpets and rugs for years, bring in all toys/furniture prior to spraying.

3 – Stake your well and label it clearly so it is visible. Applicators cannot spray within 100 feet from public wells, and 50 feet within private wells.

4 – Remove or eliminate trees and shrubs from the power lines that abut your land and ask your neighbors to do the same. The less amounts of trees for them to target, the less spray they use.

5 – They must abide by the sensitive areas list within your town or they will be in violation.

It is illegal for applicators to spray any vegetation taller than 12 feet, that’s why they clear-cut in preparation for herbicidal applications.

6 – As an abutter you have the right to request being exempt from herbicidal applications.

Call William Hayes of Eversource as soon as possible, see below for details:

*Any questions about procedures: Mass Department of Agricultural Resources, Michael McClean director of rights-of-way programs Call: 1.617.626.1781 ~

*Any questions regarding Eversource’s YOP, Yearly Operational Plan: William Hayes, Eversource Senior Arborist Call: 1.781.441.3837

Thank you all for doing all you can to help protect the land we all love, Cape Cod, and the natural resource upon it. Please tell your neighbors and loved ones.


All The Growing Best,

Laura Kelley, President

POCCA Cape Cod



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