Falmouth Selectmen Approve Application from Coastal Resiliency Action Committee

FALMOUTH – Falmouth Selectmen approved an application to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management submitted by the Coastal Resiliency Action Committee last month.

“The West Falmouth shoreline is among our most valuable, due to its recreational and environmental value,” said Coastal Resiliency Action Committee chairman Charles McCaffrey.

“It is also one of our most vulnerable shorelines.”

The committee is requesting approximately $175,000 to help protect Falmouth’s western shoreline. The committee is not sure what can be done to protect the shoreline, and they are looking at nature-based approaches such as dune building and beach nourishment.

“Beach nourishment is clearly in our future if we are going to maintain beaches in the face of changes that will occur,” McCaffrey said.

The data collected in their study could help the committee identify projects to make the shoreline more resilient to damage.

The committee’s application will be supported by a local cash match, which was approved at the town meeting in November.

BY: BRENDAN FITZGERALD, CapeCod.com NewsCenter


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