Completed Projects

We as a community have recognized that stopping the flow of nitrogen into our estuaries is the key to preserving the quality of life in Falmouth. The Board of Selectmen have developed a Wastewater and Nutrient Management Vision and Strategies Statement. This vision statement provides the following background and direction for these very important Town efforts:
  • Financing
  • Land Use and Regulatory Measures
  • Planning Policy
  • Process
  • Strategies
  • Vision and overview

Completed & Ongoing Projects

This vision builds on significant completed and on-going nutrient and wastewater mitigation projects:
  1. Implementation of sewers for the New Silver Beach Service area.
  2. Upgrade of the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facilities to include a new enhanced nitrogen removal (ENR) process and to expand the capacity for additional wastewater flows from the West Falmouth Harbor watershed.
  3. Implementation of a sewer connection to the Falmouth High School.
  4. Completion of Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) technical reports for the following waterbodies and watersheds:
    • Great, Green and Bournes Ponds
    • Little Pond
    • Oyster Pond
    • Quashnet River and Waquoit-East area
    • West Falmouth Harbor
  5. Town-wide evaluation of potential sites to recharge the treated waters from potential new wastewater treatment facilities as part of the current Comprehensive Wastewater Management Project for South Coast Watersheds.
  6. Detailed evaluation of the nitrogen mitigation for the South Coast estuaries from Little Pond to Waquoit Bay as part of the latest CWMP Project.


Real progress has been made to implement the vision and strategies that the Selectmen articulated. The development of a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan began with the development of The South Coast Watersheds CWMP Needs Assessment Report, Alternative Screening Analysis Report and Environmental Notification Form Document. These were completed in late 2007. The first 2 reports are quite lengthy and detailed, and the Environmental Notification Form Document summarizes the major findings of the two reports. The ENF was submitted to regional and state regulatory agencies as part of the State's public review process and Cape Cod Commission Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review process.