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Development of Cape water quality plan to start

March 22, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say development of a plan to improve water quality in Cape Cod’s bays, rivers and streams is beginning.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s office says $3.35 million will go toward developing and executing the plan.

It will be aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in Cape waterways in order to meet state and federal water quality standards.

State officials say excessive nutrients, including nitrogen, that were discharged from septic systems and other sources have contaminated waterways.

Nitrogen overload destroys habitats for native fish and plants due to growth of weeds and algae.

Energy and Environmental Affairs officials say the Cape Cod Commission will develop the plan, and a draft will be available for public review within a year.

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