While nitrogen is present in the environment naturally, in excess it is considered a pollutant.
It acts as a fertilizer, causing excess plant and algae growth in the water.
The Mashpee River has been one of the primary focal points of this issue, dating back to concerns raised in the early 1980s that resulted in the Town purchasing conservation land in an effort to slow down the pollution.
Popponesset Bay and Waquoit Bay have been the focus of several studies, including those most recently done as part of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, that show signs in these areas of low dissolved oxygen, loss of benthic (bottom dweller) communities and habitats, loss of eel grass (home and nursery to fish and other important species) and overall eutrophication (over fertilization/overgrowth of algal and other plant life) that blocks out light and consumes oxygen that native species need to survive.
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Algae slicks, fish kills, and offensive odors are a few of the symptoms of degraded water quality caused by too many nutrients.
These conditions make it unpleasant for Mashpee residents and visitors to use our local waters for swimming, boating, fishing and shellfishing.
“They are one of the tribes that are being looked at under the Carcieri decision.” The tribe’s Mashpee lands include its community and government center and the Old Indian Meeting House and adjacent cemetery.I have been scheduled to start class 1 in June (PO was aware), and the aftercare classes in July (PO was not aware).My failure to report was due to being in school full time, as well as not having enough money to pay the fees on time.Its leaders have discussed using the Mashpee land for affordable housing.After last year’s decision in the Mashpee tribe lawsuit, which was brought by would-be neighbors of the First Light Resort & Casino, the Interior Department considered whether the tribe qualified for land under a different one of the three definitions of Indian laid out in the 1934 law — the definition it originally avoided using because of Carcieri.