2018 Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting

When:  Monday, July 9th

Time:  6:30 PM

Where:  WBNERR boat House, 131 Waquoit Highway (Rte. 28)

Chuck Martinson, Falmouth’s Shellfish Constable will talk about how shllfish can help us clean our bays and the new grant in partnership with WBNERR being conducted in Waquoit Bay.

Quashnet/Moonakis Study Falmouth Enterprise

Clean-up Of Quashnet/Moonakis Falls On Mashpee
By BRITTANY FELDOTT Nov 10, 2017 0
Home Falmouth Falmouth News
×
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.

To read the rest of the article please click here.

To read the study click here.

Moonakis Study Expected Shortly, Presentation, Oct. 19, in Mashpee

Waquoit, September 22, 2017, Matt Patrick

Anticipating the draft Quashnet/Moonakis study will be completed this coming week, the Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee scheduled a joint meeting with the Mashpee sewer commissioners to discuss the results on Oct 19th at 7:00 PM at the Mashpee Town Hall.  Dr. Brian Howes of SMAST, will be presenting as summary.

CPWB was the prime mover in making this study happen contributing $2500 to the total cost of the study, convincing the Towns of Mashpee and Falmouth to kick in $9,135 each to cinch the arrangement. The Cape Cod Water Collaborative contributed the majority of the funding, $21,750, under the condition that the balance was picked up by the Towns and CPWB.  The Mashpee Environmental Council added $500.

Please spread the word!  We would like to be well represented at the meeting.