Category Archives: FWS Events and News

FWS’ Annual Meeting July 21st: Restoring Cape Cod

peersinwaterwebsiteWe hope you’ll join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Falmouth Public Library.  Ed DeWitt, Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) and Restoration Ecologist April Wobst, also of APCC, will talk about “Restoring Cape Cod: Regional Capacity for Local Initiatives“. It promises to be an interesting talk with a good group of fellow water stewards and concerned citizens.

Tasty refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!

Skip the Straw Campaign Moves Ahead

Meredith Kinkade, Sadie Leveque, and Petra Brienza explain the problems with single-use plastics like straws to customers at the British Beer Company during the recent Polar Plunge.

Meredith Kinkade, Sadie Leveque, and Petra Brienza explain the problems with single-use plastics like straws to customers at the British Beer Company during the recent Polar Plunge.

The Falmouth Water Stewards Skip the Straw Campaign is moving forward. In recent news:

  • The campaign was recently selected to receive funding from the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation for its activities and has applied for funding from several other sources.  We thank the Cape Cod Foundation for its generous support!
  • The British Beer Company (BBC) is the first Falmouth restaurant to embrace the campaign and now provides straws only upon request. Read a recent Falmouth Enterprise story on the campaign and the BBC’s involvement here. Two important corrections to the story: 1. the campaign is part of Falmouth Water Stewards and 2. Kalea Holdren is a fifth and critical member of the 5th grade group that launched the campaign.  
  • Principal Nancy Ashworth and Mullen Hall Elementary School have also adopted the goal of reducing plastic waste. The Mullen Hall cafeteria now only provides straws to kindergartners and those who require straws for medical reasons. The campaign is working with the school (and others) to educate kids about  how they can reduce their plastic waste footprints.

The campaign plans to approach other food service establishments in Falmouth and Woods Hole this spring and summer and to continue to work with schools and the public to educate kids and adults about the effects of plastic waste on our oceans and land and the importance of reducing our use of disposable  and non-essential plastics. Find out how you can get involved by contacting us at info at 



With Wastewater Plans in Place Monitoring Will Be Key

Falmouth Water Stewards Board members S. Jeffress Williams and Ted Schmuhl write an excellent article in this week’s Falmouth Enterprise about water quality issues in Falmouth, the recently updated 208 Plan for Cape Cod, and the need for ongoing evaluation of both water quality and the strategies being implemented to achieve it.

As the authors state, “Falmouth Water Stewards will continue to support the town in implementing its wastewater plan and adapting it to respond to results of the monitoring of alternatives. We encourage all citizens to stay informed and press town leaders to have Falmouth standout in leading the task of cleaning and restoring our water bodies.” To read the article, click here.

Jellies in Our Waters — A Phantom Menace?

AureliaHave you ever wondered about jellies, those glistening, mysterious creatures that cruise the oceans and sometimes wash up onto our shores? What they eat and what eats them? Why they show up when they do? How they move through the water? How a changing climate will impact their numbers and presence here in the Cape and beyond?

We learned all this and more when Dr. Larry Madin, Executive Vice President and Director of Research of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) talked about “Jellies in Our Waters —  A Phantom Menace?” on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Falmouth Public Library Hermann Room.

Watch the video of the talk here.

A flyer for the event can be found here.

Local 5th Graders Take on Disposable Plastic Straws

skipstrawsep20152With the support and guidance of Falmouth Water Stewards, Falmouth fifth graders are launching a campaign to educate people about a really easy way they can help reduce plastics in the oceans (and landfills) and lower their carbon footprints at the same time — skipping the straw!

Many restaurants provide plastic straws with skipstrawsep2015drinks as a matter of course. All of those straws are used one time (at best) and trashed. Disposable plastic straws — and other plastics — comprise a large and harmful proportion of marine debris, as well as the trash on land and in landfills.

The five ten year olds and their Skip the Straw Pledge and informational posters were part of the Falmouth Water Stewards’ outreach at WBNERR’s annual National Estuaries Day event.

Read more about their campaign here and contact us if you want to sign their pledge to not use disposable plastic straws.




EPA Approves Massachusetts Plan to Protect Cape Cod Waters

kirankaleahorizontThe EPA has formally approved an updated Cape Cod Water Quality Management Plan created by the Cape Cod Commission, Cape communities and residents. Recognizing that the economy of Cape Cod relies heavily on a clean and healthy environment, the plan approves all Cape’s towns to act as waste management agencies, giving them the authority to take necessary actions to design and implement local solutions across watershed boundaries.

This plan will help communities develop the most effective and affordable solutions to water pollution, tailored to local needs. As part of the plan, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to funding a monitoring initiative that will ensure that this vital work makes a difference on Cape Cod for generations to come.

For the full press release, click here.

National Estuaries Day Event, Sunday, September 20th at WBNERR

20150708_124858Join Falmouth Water Stewards and lots of others who care about keeping our waters healthy and blue at the Waquoit Bay Reserve’s National Estuaries Day event on Sunday, September 20th from 4 to 6 pm. There will be live music (from Amy and Jonathan Larkin), a contra dance caller, coastal crafts, touch tanks, and more.  For more information about the event, contact us: info at We hope to see you there!

2015 Annual Meeting: Oysters: Our Briny Bioengineers

oysters2Ever wonder whether it’s safe to eat oysters from Falmouth Waters? What that oyster project in Little Pond is all about? How oysters clean the water? Find out the answers to these questions and many more by joining  us for our annual meeting on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Falmouth Public Library. Our featured speaker is Scott Lindell, Director of the Scientific Aquaculture Program at the Marine Biological Lab. Scott will speak about ‘Oysters: Our Briny Bioengineers.’ If you’re interested in any aspect of oysters — cultivating them, harvesting them, eating them, or the role they play in cleaning up dirty waters — you’ll be sure to find it a fascinating discussion. We’ll also have tasty reOyster Expert Scott Lindell Woods Hole Aquaculturefreshments (though oysters aren’t on the menu). Click here for an event flyer.

WATCH the video of the talk on YouTube. 

FWS Organic Cotton Grocery Totes are Now Available!

organic cotton falmouth water stewards bag happy girlFalmouth Water Stewards’ beautiful new shopping bags have something for everyone. They provide us with a lovely reusable shopping bag option just as plastic bags are being phased out in Falmouth, they spread the word about FWS and the need to protect local waters, and they raise some funds to help FWS continue to do its important education and advocacy work in support of local waters.

The bags are printed locally by Howlingbird Studio, which contributed to the cost of bags, so purchasing FWS bags supports our community in more ways than one. The bags are $15.00 each with all proceeds returning directly to FWS to support our efforts to protect and restore Falmouth’s fresh and salt waters.

Find our bags at For Birds Only and at Coffee Obsession in Falmouth and Woods Hole. And look for us at the Falmouth Farmers Market many weeks, other arts fairs, and in more local businesses soon.

2nd Annual Herring Walk and Talk

river herring cape codOn Sunday, May 24th, Woods Hole fish biologists Joel Llopiz and Andy Jones (also a Falmouth Water Stewards board member) led an enthusiastic group on a search for herring at the Coonamesset River bogs. Participants saw some herring in the river, learned about their habits, migration and why they’re a threatened species and had a nice evening walk and discussion. Click here to view flyer.