SOLUTIONS

While the problems of water pollution are real and serious, the good news is that there are lots of changes that can be made, by neighborhoods, towns and regions, as well as on an individual level, that can reduce pollution and ensure healthy waters for future generations.

In some areas of Falmouth, there is no way to return nitrogen loads to acceptable levels without sewering. Little Pond, where a sewering project is currently underway is one such area.

But while certain high-density areas of town must be sewered in order to restore water quality,  some alternative or supplemental strategies that are determined by scientific means to be effective, affordable, and practical may be important additions to the nitrogen pollution solution in certain places and situations.

In April of 2011, Town Meeting passed Article 17, which appropriated $2.7 million to explore a series of alternative technologies as well as to move forward with the design of sewers for certain areas of town. In August of 2013, the Board of Selectmen voted in favor of a Draft Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan containing these plans and submitted it to the state for approval. Since then, evaluations and demonstration projects on various of the technologies have been underway.

Importantly, there are choices each of us can make, every day, that will reduce our contributions to the pollutant loads threatening our precious fresh and coastal waters. For more information on what these are, please visit the ‘things you can do‘ link here.

Some technologies that are under consideration include:

SEWERS

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PERMEABLE-REACTIVE BARRIERS

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ECO-TOILETS

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SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE

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INLET WIDENING

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VEGETATIVE BUFFERS