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. The links to the left will bring you to more details on each of these options.
Comprehensive monitoring of the estuaries is required to quantify the nitrogen "removal" efficiency, and the habitat response that results from the implementation of these specific techniques.
The Town is working with the School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMASS Dartmouth to implement a baseline monitoring program to support specific nitrogen reducing demonstration projects. The first of these efforts is water quality monitoring in Little Pond which is being considered for a shellfish aquaculture demonstration project. The monitoring program is structured such that data generated can be used for regulatory compliance.
In parallel with this effort, it is important to continue to assess the Town's impaired waters to: (a) allow continued assessment of habitat quality, (b) to provide a baseline from which to evaluate improvements due to management actions, and (c) to periodically determine if TMDL goals for water quality, and habitat restoration have been met.
Additional details will be posted on this page soon!