But, when duty calls, we jump at the opportunity. We spent a recent afternoon at the Great Sippewissett Marsh in West Falmouth, collecting time lapses of the incoming tide and B-roll for a short video we’re producing for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
The video, which we’re calling Saving Paradise: Cape Cod’s Water at Risk, aims to raise awareness among Cape Codders about how degrading water quality is already affecting our lives. We’re looking at how the estuaries, freshwater ponds and drinking water sources are suffering from nutrient loading—excess nitrate and phosphorus from our wastewater.
Besides taking in the sunset over Buzzards Bay, we’re talking to an East Falmouth shellfisherman about how his livelihood has been impacted by the pollution-driven decline in quahogs and clams. We’re heading out to Eastham to hear the story of a man whose private well tested for nitrates at two times the level recommended by the EPA— and nearly ten times the average. And we’ll also be talking to a Wampanoag family that can no longer swim in or enjoy Santuit Pond (in their backyard) due to the algal growth.
Since wastewater is a subject that’s close to our hearts, we’re so glad to have the opportunity to raise awareness on this critical issue. Because water doesn’t just connect us on Cape Cod— it connects us around the world.
Stay tuned for updates, and the final video release in October!