Quashnet/Moonakis Study Falmouth Enterprise

Clean-up Of Quashnet/Moonakis Falls On Mashpee
By BRITTANY FELDOTT Nov 10, 2017 0
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A collaborative effort between the towns of Falmouth and Mashpee to nail down solutions for cleaning up the Quashnet and Moonakis river system has left Mashpee with a majority of the responsibility and no quick fixes.

A draft study completed by the Coastal Systems Program of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology last month suggested that nitrogen in the sub-embayment can only be significantly mitigated by reducing pollution at the source.

Compounding the issue, the study also found that nitrogen loading and conditions in the Quashnet and Moonakis river system appear to have grown worse in the last 15 years.

Both Mashpee and Falmouth officials agreed that the major source of nitrogen pollution was from septic systems in Mashpee, and the only viable solution would be to sewer the area.A collaborative effort between the towns of Falmouth and Mashpee to nail down solutions for cleaning up the Quashnet and Moonakis river system has left Mashpee with a majority of the responsibility and no quick fixes.

A draft study completed by the Coastal Systems Program of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology last month suggested that nitrogen in the sub-embayment can only be significantly mitigated by reducing pollution at the source.

Compounding the issue, the study also found that nitrogen loading and conditions in the Quashnet and Moonakis river system appear to have grown worse in the last 15 years.

Both Mashpee and Falmouth officials agreed that the major source of nitrogen pollution was from septic systems in Mashpee, and the only viable solution would be to sewer the area.

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