Falmouth Selectmen Approve Permeable Reactive Barriers to Eliminate Nitrogen

FalmouthFALMOUTH – Earlier this month, selectmen in Falmouth approved a potential solution to a nitrogen problem in its waterways.

According to Virginia Valiela, a member of the Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will cover the cost of installing permeable reactive barriers.

These barriers are essentially trenches filled with wood chips or other materials that attract impurities away from the water source.

Valiela said she is a firm supporter of partnering with the EPA.

“This is an excellent opportunity at no cost to the town, and it allows us to advance our knowledge on of one of the key alternatives the [Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee] has been looking at,” she said.

The town will conduct tests on several sites for barrier placement.

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