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Association to Preserve Cape Cod
CONTACT:3010 Main Street P.O. Box 398
Barnstable, MA 02630
DESCRIPTION:There is no place in the world like Cape Cod and mere mention of the name conjures up images of life by the sea. Cape Cod¡¦s natural surroundings define a way of life that has inspired artists and authors, lured fisherman ¡V and attracted people in waves.
Since 1968, APCC has been a tireless environmental watchdog and advocate for the protection of Cape Cod's fragile natural resources and unparalleled quality of life. As a result, it is considered the most prominent and influential environmental advocacy organization in the region. APCC has protected George's Bank from offshore oil drilling. It secured a U.S. Geological Survey analysis (1982) that led to the designation of the entire Cape as a "Single-Source Aquifer," invoking stringent protective procedures against inimical development, and leading many towns to adopt stricter health regulations. In 1985, APCC's report on "Growth Options for Cape Cod's Future" led to the creation of the Cape Cod Commission, a regional land use planning and regulatory agency for all of Barnstable County.
APCC is now in a period of significant growth: since 1998, membership has increased by 72% (to 5,500); grant dollars are up 344%; staff has almost doubled, from 4.5 to 8. Significant legislative successes are in promoting a “Smart Growth” strategy for the Cape, to protect the aquifer and the biodiversity of its many habitats. Please help them continue their good work.
(1998: NATURE: Environment: Land, Air, Water, Climate)
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