Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee Issues Update to Selectmen

FALMOUTH – Falmouth selectmen have received the annual report the town’s Water Quality Management Committee.

Committee Chairman Eric Turkington informed the board that sewering and initiatives imposed by the town appear to be having an effect, with nitrogen levels in Little Pond down 88 percent.

Turkington praised Falmouth’s strict fertilizer regulations and consistent enforcement as the best in the region, encouraging neighbors to report those in violation.

Moving forward, the committee intends to advocate for nitrogen removal methods including shellfish propagation, reactive barriers, and a widening project at the Bournes Pond inlet.

The town is hoping to reduce nitrogen in 15 of their estuaries which currently exceed healthy levels, without having to resort to installing town-wide sewers which could cost in excess of $600 million.

“Our 15 estuaries comprise 40% of all the impaired estuaries on Cape Cod,” said Turkington,

“Cape Cod has a problem, we have the biggest piece of that problem by far.”

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