Great Pond Targeted Watershed Management Plan

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.   

Maps of Great Pond Watershed Sewer Project Phase 1 and 2 Areas and Phase 1 Project Plan 

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:

Article 6 Text, Recommendation and Explanation from Nov 2023 Town Meeting warrant book

Article 6 Map

Letter in Support of Article 6 by Wastewater Superintendent and Water Quality Management Committee Chair, dated 10-5-23

Letter in Support of Article 6 voted by Water Quality Management Committee 10-25-23 - signed

Letter re: Herring Brook from the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth, dated 10-25-23

Letter in Support of Article 6 from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, dated 10-5-23

Letter re: Article 6 from the Buzzards Bay Coalition dated 9-26-23

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)

Little Pond Sewer Service Area (LPSSA) Project

The Little Pond Service Area (LPSSA) Project is complete.  The goal of this project was to improve water quality in Little Pond.

Current Wastewater Management in Falmouth

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).

Other Planning Projects

Find information about other water quality, wastewater and nutrient management efforts.