Fresh Water, Salt Water

Reporters: Elizabeth Saito and Sean Corcoran
Editor and Executive Producer: Steve Young
Webpages Design: Julianne Waite

The water we drink and the water we fish and swim in is a precious commodity - and is imperiled. Thi s month-long series explores the Cape's intimate relationship with the salt water that surrounds us - and earns many their livelihood - and the small, shallow underground pool of fresh water that sustains all of our lives.

Winner of a 2009 Edward R Murrow Award for Best News Series

Part 1
Tangled Lines: Commercial Fishing, Regulation, and the Environment
Part 2
Beneath Our Feet: The Status of the Mass Military Reservation and Its Effects on the Upper Cape's Drinking Water Supply
Part 3
A Choking Coast: Nitrogen Loading on the Cape and Islands
Part 4
Water Stories

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watch the videoAudio Slideshow: Early Years on the Massachusetts Military Reservation
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Tangled Lines: Commercial Fishing, Regulation, and the Environment
Reported by Elizabeth Saito

A Fish Tale
One retired fisherman tells the story of his fishing years and how the industry has evolved.

Small Guys Finish Last
Small boat fisherman from the region describe the unintended consequences of current management strategies. Includes testimony from the New England Fisheries Management Council.

Sectors - Control and Flexibility for Fishermen
The Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association is leading the way in innovative new fisheries management strategy.

Scallop Boom
New Bedford is the most profitable fishing port in the nation. The owners of New Bedford's Eastern Fisheries, the largest scallop harvester in the country, talk about the fisheries' near collapse and subsequent boom.

Aquaculture - Can Fish Leave the Farm?
MBL scientists are looking at methods to restore the once mighty stocks of Cod.

Beneath Our Feet: The Status of the Mass Military Reservation and Its Effects on the Upper Cape's Drinking Water Supply
Reported by Sean Corcoran

The Historical Backdrop
The Massachusetts Military Reservation's long history of groundwater pollution and neglect.

Living on a Plume
One citizen's experience.

Crossfire at Ashumet
Citizens of a small Cape Cod community are caught in the middle between the EPA and the Pentagon.

Are Green Bullets Really Green?
Tungsen-based bullets, once called "green," may prove more harmful than lead.

After the Millions
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to identify and clean up plumes and the work is stil l not finished. What the Mass Military Reservation looks like today.

A Choking Coast: Nitrogen Loading on the Cape and Islands
Reported by Elizabeth Saito

Nitrogen - Why Such a Problem?
Sources of nitrogen and their effects on local water, land values, and tourism.

Brown is Beautiful
Can green lawn enthusiasts be convinced that brown is beautiful?

Simple Solutions
Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole have a low-tech solution to combat nitrogen runoff that just might work.

The Mighty Oyster
Coastal eelgrass is dying. The shellfish who live in it are working hard to solve the problem.
Land Conservation on Buzzards Bay
An aggressive campaign by the Coalition for Buzzards Bay to preserve open space in the bay's watershed.

Source Solution - Just How Much Can We Change?
Separating the Poop from the Pee
New technology that solves the nitrogen problem promises to save our coast and our wallets - but requires a bit of user cooperation.

Water Stories

Friends and neighbors tell their stories about their own particular and sometimes peculiar relationships with water.

Alex's First Sailing Lesson

Kayaking to Work

Living on a Houseboat

A Daily Swim

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WCAI news and feature stories about water - salt water, fresh water, water around us, water below us .

Nautical Minutes
These Nautical Minutes celebrate the many facets of our historic and intimate relationship with the sea. The series was produced by Brian Morris for WCAI.

Can the Oceans Help Solve Global Warming?
Oct. 1, 2007. Scientists, policy makers, and commercial interests gathered at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution this past week to discuss ocean iron fertilization, a controversial method for sinking carbon into the oceans.
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Chatham says "NO!" to Filling North Beach Break
July 31, 2007. At a special town meeting Chatham voters decided not spend the $4 million needed to fill the new break, which opened after an April storm. Voters also declined to study the break's pot ential impacts.
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watch the videoPhotos of Break