Falmouth CWMP Approved
On February 27, 2014 the Cape Cod Commission approved, with conditions, the application of the Town of Falmouth for the Falmouth Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP)/Targeted Wastewater Management Plan (TWMP) as a Development of Regional Impact.
The CWMP provides a long-range planning document for managing water quality in the South Coast watersheds, and provides recommendations for the West Falmouth Watershed where the existing Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) is located. The Plan also identifies several demonstration projects for non-traditional wastewater and nitrogen management methods, such as inlet widening and shellfish aquaculture. Traditional wastewater management components were also proposed in some areas, including a sewer extension and increasing the capacity of the WWTF.
Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, issued the following statement to be read at the Commission meeting:
“The Falmouth CWMP is on your agenda today and ready to be acted on. We’ve enjoyed a close working relationship with Falmouth on this issue over the last few years and their application represents a major step forward in solving the problem. MEPA and DEP have demonstrated flexibility in reviewing the CWMP in order to expedite solving our greatest environmental problem.
The town of Falmouth as well as MEPA and DEP should be commended for the innovation they’ve shown as we move forward with a targeted watershed management program that is better suited to the unique challenges of cape cod. I want to thank the town of Falmouth for their leadership on this issue and I hope you act favorably and expeditiously this afternoon.”
For further information, please call (508) 362-3828.