Clean Water for our Cape Cod Community

We are all responsible.

Our Mission

To raise awareness of our unconfined, sole-source aquifer and Cape Cod's community connection through water. 

Who We Are

We are a collaboration of Cape Cod professionals working to engage residents, visitors, and fans of Cape Cod in making clean water available for everyone.

Our Team



Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

Kalliope is the Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist at Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Her program is Water Quality and Hazardous Materials and she manages the Barnstable County Hazardous Materials Program. The mission is to protect Cape Cod’s unique drinking water source, a largely unconfined, sole-source aquifer. She does that by creating and managing programs that divert hazardous waste and contaminants of concern from the waste stream (or dumping) to appropriate and legal disposal methods and working to educate Cape Codders of all ages on the value of our aquifer. Kalliope has a B.A. in Human Development from Lesley University and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from The Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force and the Provincetown Board of Health. Kalliope lives in Provincetown where she has a 2-acre sea farm, an apiary, and assorted animals.

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Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

Brian is a Senior Environmental Specialist/Public Health Sanitarian with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, is Director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, and is a member of the Mashpee Board of Health. He has a B.A. in Physics from Hartwick College, is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), is a licensed Massachusetts Title 5 Soil Evaluator and Grade 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

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Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

Emily Michele Olmsted has had an interest in water quality ever since she started swimming at a young age. She performed research on Oyster Pond in Woods Hole and wrote her senior thesis in her findings as part of her Bachelor's of Science at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. After spending some time teaching and completing service as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Emily Michele started at Barnstable County as a beach sampler testing bathing beaches for bacteria. She then volunteered at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center (MASSTC) until being offered a position with Barnstable County's Innovative/Alternative septic system tracking program, where she continues to work.

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Travis is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut and he earned bachelor's of science degree in Natural Resources with a focus on water resources and climate. He is currently serving as a member of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 23 program at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic Testing Center (MASSTC). During his time in the program he will focus on education and outreach regarding water usage on the Cape.  Travis is interested in water conservation and ensuring that people in the present and future will have access to clean drinking water despite the changing climate.

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Susanna Baker is a former landfill worker, former curbside compost collector, and recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Waste Resources. She is now serving with AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 23 at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic Testing Center (MASSTC), where she will be creating education and outreach surrounding wastewater and water use on the Cape. As a Wisconsin native with a specific interest in community structure and social justice in waste resources, Susanna is excited to build new connections on the Cape.

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Hazel Groskorth-Flynn is a recent graduate from Stockton University where she received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. She is now serving with Americorps Cape Cod Year 23 at the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Throughout this year her projects will focus on educating the children and communities of Cape Cod, on water quality. By educating the community, Barnstable County Cooperative Extension and the Groundwater Guardians hope to preserve and protect Cape Cod’s aquifer. These projects also strive to address the social equity, and justice disparities that are often seen in environmentalism and conservation, as a whole. 

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AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Emily Russ is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received a Bachelors degree in Biology. She is now serving with AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 23 at Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Falmouth Conservation Commission. She has led a team in sandplain grassland restoration, participated in wetland restoration, and completed conservation restriction reviews. Emily is excited to experience different ways to participate in environmental conservation through education and outreach.

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What We Do

Through education and outreach we raise awareness of Cape Cod's water.

Partner Organizations


Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

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Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

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Americorps Cape Cod

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Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Technology Center

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