The Final Great Pond Targeted Watershed Management Plan / Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (TWMP/EIR) is the Town's plan to meet nutrient limits set by the state for Great Pond.
The plan involves expanding the existing sewer collection system in two phases: Phase 1 includes the northeast portion of the Maravista peninsula as well as the Teaticket Path peninsula, and Phase 2 includes the Acapesket peninsula. A lift station and force main would convey the wastewater to the Town's existing main treatment facility, and the Town's northernmost existing open sand beds would be expanded to handle discharge of the treated wastewater. In addition, the plan involves fertilizer management, stormwater management, shellfish aquaculture in Great Pond, and a permeable reactive barrier, as well as potential advanced nitrogen removing septic systems in the upper watershed.
ARTICLE 6 of the November 2023 Town Meeting funded the design and permitting of Phase 1 of the Great Pond Targeted Watershed Management Plan. Please see the following documents for more information related to Article 6:
Herring Brook Report dated June 2023 (Linked Watershed Marsh Assessment and Modeling to Determine Critical Nitrogen Thresholds and Loading for the Herring Brook Estuarine System, Falmouth MA - by the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth)
Approximately 11% of the Town's developed properties are connected to the Town's Wastewater System. The remainder of properties in Town have a septic system or cesspool (a few properties have an individual treatment system or are connected to a small private sewer system).
Find information about other water quality, wastewater and nutrient management efforts.