Environmental Awareness

CALL TO ACTION ~ March 27th Deadline

Please write to MDAR before March 27th at 5pm 

Huge efforts by POCCA over the past year in news today:  APCC Voices Concern Over Eversource Spray Plan

THANK YOU for all who joined POCCA’s event last weekend in Dennis! 

Natalia von Hausen, Vice-President and Laura Kelley, President, POCCA Cape Cod

It was a great success full of citizens learning, sharing, dancing and listening to ways we ALL can lessen our impact above the aquifer we drink from.  POCCA team appreciates everyone who donated their time, energy, and devotion to create such an enthusiastic evening!!!  We made over $1,000 and now are able to go to high school classrooms with informational packets for the next generation to see what is going on with waters on Cape Cod and how they can help.  Thank you all who donated generously to help our mission move forward.

WE are on a mission and need your help!

Will you join the mission to protect our Aquifer

EVERSOURCE  2017  YEARLY OPERATIONAL PLAN   (click on this link to read their plan)

The Eversource 2017 Yearly Operational Plan lists the following ten Cape towns identified for spraying of herbicides along power lines this year:

Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Sandwich, and Yarmouth.

Towns three towns on Martha’s Vineyard:

Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury

It is important to make your voice heard at this time by contacting MDAR using FACT-BASED comments before March 27th at 5pm:

Contact the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), but keep in mind that only FACT-BASED comments will be considered by MDAR. 

*See examples of fact-based comments below.

Mike McClean, MDAR:
251 Causeway St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

Also CC our Senator:
Julian Cyr, Senator 

Examples of fact-based comments about the five different herbicides Eversource plans to use:

“Eversource should not spray herbicides along the power lines of Cape Cod because:

  • Glyphosatethe active ingredient in Rodeo/Roundup, is designated a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization in March 2015.
  • Glyphosate can cause acute poisoning, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, genotoxicity, neurological damage, immune system dysfunction.
  • Glyphosate residues are widespread in the environment, including in rainwater, surface and ground waters and the marine environment.
  • Glyphosate has many documented adverse effects on the ecosystem, including effects on honey bees and other pollinators, effects on amphibians and butterflies, effects on soil fertility, biological controls and crop health.  It disrupts the entire ecosystem and the entire food chain.
  • Triclopyrthe active ingredient in Garlon 4 is toxic to fish.
  • Fosamine ammonium,the active ingredient inKrenite S,  is hazardous to  humans and domestic animals.
  • Metsulfuron– Methylthe active ingredient in Escort XP, affects plants in extremely low doses and is affected by drift from wind.
  • Imazapyrthe active ingredient in Arsenal, persists in soil and is not supposed to be used near or around water.

If they reach our aquifer, these toxins are difficult or impossible to remove.”

*** DEADLINE to write to MDAR is MARCH 27th at 5pm ***

Thank you for being a part of changing history by writing to MDAR a fact based comment why you don’t want Eversource to spray herbicides above Cape Cod’s aquifer.

~ One must care about a world one will not see ~

To come in April: 

POCCA meetings in April, open for the public to become more involved on the mission to prevent unnecessary chemicals above the water we drink.  It will take a community coming together to shift for the betterment of the future for us all.  Let’s set up ways we can help generations. Ideas, thoughts, tasks welcome ~ information of time and location to meet will be in the next blog.


This is an important opportunity 

to have a voice and stand up to protect our natural resources on Cape Cod at this time.  Please share this with your circles of friends and loved ones.  

THANK YOU for caring.

Here’s to our drinking water ~


Laura Kelley

President POCCA Cape Cod



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