Community Advisory Groups
There are several community advisory teams that meet to discuss specific issues related to the Joint Base Cape Cod. The Environmental & Readiness Center supports five of those teams, which meet on a regular basis to discuss issues ranging from the environmental clean up programs, to current activities occurring in the training area, to issues of mutual interest that affect both the military and the surrounding Upper Cape towns. All meetings are open to the public and are advertised in the local Enterprise newspapers. Notices of upcoming public meetings are distributed monthly via e-mail and regular mail. To receive these notices please call: 508-968-5145.
Senior Management Board (SMB)
The SMB meets to discuss ongoing base environmental issues. The SMB provides an important forum for towns and agencies to review, discuss, and influence the progress of the Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) cleanup. Selectmen representatives from Falmouth , Mashpee, Sandwich and Bourne sit on the SMB. Other members include the Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Wampanoag Tribe, the Environmental & Readiness Center, the US Coast Guard, and the Camp Edwards commander. The SMB is a forum for citizen teams, such as the MMR Military-Civilian Community Council (MCCC), to bring forward their issues, concerns, ideas, and recommendations. Link to SMB minutes
Environmental Management Commission (EMC)
The EMC meets to discuss the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of all activities that occur on the northern 15,000 acres of Camp Edwards. The EMC was established by Massachusetts state law, Chapter 47 of the Acts of 2002, to ensure the protection of the drinking water supply and wildlife habitat on the northern 15,000 acres of the Joint Base Cape Cod. Members of the EMC are the commissioners of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The EMC is supported by two advisory councils: the Science Advisory Council and the Community Advisory Council. The EMC, and both advisory councils, meet quarterly. For more information about the EMC and its advisory boards, contact Mark Begley at 508-968-5127 at the EMC. Link to EMC minutes.
Community Advisory Council (CAC)
The CAC meets to discuss the oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of all activities that occur on the northern 15,000 acres of Camp Edwards . The CAC includes representatives from the towns of Falmouth , Mashpee, Sandwich and Bourne, the US Coast Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army National Guard, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department, the Cape Cod Commission, the Wampanoag Tribe, the Upper Cape Regional Water Supply Cooperative, and at-large members. Link to CAC minutes.
Science Advisory Council (SAC)
The SAC advises the Environmental Management Commission on technical issues related to the oversight of the northern 15,000 acres of the Joint Base Cape Cod. The SAC is comprised of scientists and engineers recognized for their expertise in the areas of public health, water protection, wildlife habitat management, and land use management. Link to SAC minutes.
Military-Civilian Community Council
The MCCC meets to discuss projects and policies that affect the southern 5,000 acres, or cantonment area, of the base. Past topics have included the Joint Land Use Study and its implementation, Homeland Defense/Homeland Security training opportunities at the JBCC, and residential development bordering the JBCC. Members sitting on the MCCC include representatives from Falmouth , Mashpee, Sandwich and Bourne; representatives from the Air and Army National Gaurds, the US Coast Guard, PAVE PAWS, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment; representatives from the Cape Cod Commission, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and the Wampanoag tribe. The MCCC meets quarterly, or as needed.