Lesley Gillis introduced Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, at the General Meeting. Mr. Gottlieb focused on the important actions the association is actively involved in reacting to and mitigating the effects of climate change and the negative actions of development on the Cape. He recalled the origins of the association as people joined in the efforts to block the draining of Nauset Marsh to construct a deep water port in 1968.
Now the major focus is on monitoring water quality and studying the south facing estuaries. If these estuaries fail, the basic nursery habitat of the fisheries is in serious danger. The septic waste and over fertilization of lawns cause increased cyanobacteric activity and thus the oxygen level of the water falls.
He encouraged the members of WCC to become involved by becoming members of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and to seek ways to become active citizen scientists.