Solutions

  1. Baseline Monitoring

    The Town of Falmouth is currently evaluating a broad range of watershed-based techniques for removing nitrogen, including inlet widening, eco-toilets, denitrifying (I/A) septic systems, shellfish propagation, Permeable Reactive Barriers, stormwater management and reduction in the use of fertilizer.

  2. Denitrifying (I/A) Systems

    Denitrifying septic systems are also termed Innovative and Alternative (I/A) systems. I/A Septic Systems have been installed across the Cape as a means to reduce nitrogen output.

  3. Eco-Toilet Projects

    Falmouth is providing a subsidy of up to $5,000 to homes and businesses willing to participate in the Eco-Toilet Incentive Program. This Program will evaluate the real contribution that eco-toilets can make, and the real cost of installation.

  4. Fertilizer Reduction

    The Massachusetts Estuaries Project calculates about 10% of the nitrogen harming our estuaries comes from fertilizer. That is why Falmouth has enacted the Nitrogen Control Bylaw - Chapter 237 of the Falmouth Town Code.

  5. Inlet Widening

    Inlet Widening had been evaluated for Bournes Pond and Little Pond before the passage of Article 17. This analysis indicated that widening these 2 inlets could provide an immediate and cost-effective improvement in water quality, and reduce the amount of sewering required for traditional wastewater nitrogen management in this watershed.

  6. Overall Planning

    Our community is home to some of the world’s premier scientific institutions studying marine life, and our conversations are informed by their expertise. Over the past 5 years, the people of Falmouth have been engaged in a widespread and detailed discussion, recognizing that the increasing levels of nitrogen, from all of these sources, is the principal cause of the degradation of these coastal ponds.

  7. Oyster Pond CWMP

    Review the Oyster Pond Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP).

  8. Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB)

    Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB) were identified as a possible method to treat the nitrogen in groundwater before it recharges to the marine waters. That nitrogen could be from any number of sources: septic systems, fertilizers, stormwater, atmospheric deposition, etc.

  9. Sewer Infrastructure

    The Town of Falmouth has selected GHD Engineering, Inc. to plan and prepare a preliminary sewer design for the Little Pond watershed.

  10. Shellfish Propagation

    Shellfish aquaculture is an established industry on Cape Cod. It employs many producers, and yields a valuable end product.

  11. Stormwater Management

    The Town of Falmouth will be selecting an engineering firm to review published findings, and develop a plan for stormwater management in the Little Pond watershed.

  12. West Falmouth Harbor

    Find information about West Falmouth Harbor.