Although we have successfully defeated Cape Wind, Nantucket Sound still remains open to industrial development. While the state waters of the Sound, which extend three miles from shore, are protected under Massachusetts law, the federal waters in the center remain vulnerable.
The Alliance is seeking federal legislation and taking other actions to recognize the Sound’s significant historic, environmental, and economic values and to prohibit future industrial development. The Alliance has proposed the “Nantucket Sound National Historic Landmark Act,” which is supported by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Cape Cod delegation, over 25 tribal groups, 17 fishing and boating entities, 11 historic preservation groups, 11 environmental organizations, 9 Cape and Islands municipalities, 7 chambers of commerce, 10 other stakeholders, and countless individuals. You can read more about our stakeholders here. We are working towards having this legislation enacted in the near future as we continue to build support.
Working alongside this strong coalition, the Alliance is the only group fighting to secure permanent protection for Nantucket Sound. The Alliance’s goal is to protect this national treasure for future generations, promote the value of Nantucket Sound to our region, and provide a more certain tomorrow for all who value this unique body of water.
Click here to join us in this effort.
Click here to read the Alliance’s May 2020 update.