- Eric TurkingtonChairman Wastewater Management Committee
- Jerry PotamisFalmouth Wastewater Superintendent
- Andrew Bunkerpetitioner
- Falmouth SelectmenFalmouth Selectmen
Please conduct an environmental assessment of Crocker and Wings Pond areas
Require Environmental Assessment before development of Site 7 or 10
West Falmouth ground and surface waters will possibly be the target of 1.6 million gallons of treated wastewater per day. The effluent would impact some or all of Crocker Pond and Wing's Pond as well as Herring Creek, Herring Marsh, Mashapaquit Creek, unnamed vernal pools and cedar swamps and the salt marshes and wetlands near Old Silver Beach and most likely West Falmouth Harbor itself. These areas have been protected by the hard work and generosity of Falmouth residents and it would be a shame to waste that effort. West Falmouth has born the brunt of Falmouth's sewering project and this should not be allowed without a carefully managed Environmental Impact Assessment. West Falmouth Harbor is now extremely polluted due to The Treatment Plant. Don't let this happen again to other areas of West Falmouth
- Chairman Wastewater Management Committee
- Falmouth Wastewater Superintendent
- Falmouth Selectmen
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Falmouth Selectment, Wastewater Management Committe.
The Town is planning to expand wastewater management to Falmouth’s south coast estuaries to the east of Falmouth Heights. This presently includes the possibility of pumping the wastewater from that area to the treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road for the discharge of the effluent to Site 7 (south of Thomas Landers Road 400 yards from Crocker Pond) and Site 10 (north of Thomas Landers Road). The current estimate for development Phases 1 & 2 of sewer development is roughly 1.6 million gallons of effluent per day, per the plan for the sewer option only.
Based on groundwater flow modeling, discharge to Site 7 has the likelihood of impacting West Falmouth Harbor, Crocker Pond and other surface waters and Buzzards Bay estuaries. Effluent discharge to Site 10 could impact Crocker Pond, Wings Pond, Herring Brook and other surface waters. The Buzzards Bay Coalition has also raised these concerns. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) has not been completed for effluent discharge to either of these sites. Ashumet Pond continues to be adversely impacted by the effluent discharge from the wastewater treatment facility at the Massachusetts Military Reservation.
We ask that, prior to taking any further action or expending public funds toward developing or evaluating Site 7 and Site 10 for wastewater effluent discharge capacity, the EIA of the plan be completed, posted on the Town’s website with public notification of its posting and a public forum be held to discuss the findings of the EIA. Moreover, since nitrogen Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) have not been set for most of the downstream surface waters from Sites 7 and 10, this should not be a reason to proceed with the effluent discharge plan. The TMDLs for all of the downstream surface waters and whether these TMDLs would be exceeded by the plan should be included in the EIA. We do not want to trade or risk the fouling of clean surface waters in the West and North Falmouth areas as a result of the restoration of south coast estuaries.
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