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Sitting along the edge of the Cape Cod Canal at the head of Buzzards Bay in Bourne, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a world-class destination for college students studying maritime and environmental protection. Now, students at the academy are helping the Coalition collect sound science through an innovative collaboration that aims to protect clean water in the upper Bay.

Septic systems are the biggest source of nitrogen pollution in Buzzards Bay. The technology exists to upgrade septic systems to reduce nitrogen – but it can be complex and costly. Working together with partners from Cape Cod and Rhode Island as part of a new grant, the Coalition is supporting a pilot project to test new technology that could help reduce harmful nitrogen pollution from septic systems.