How Did We Get Here?
The road to devloping a Comprehensive Wastewater Managment Plan for Oyster Pond
…. It was over 25 years in the making
In the mid 1980’s alert Falmouth residents noticed a profound change in our estuaries.
* Mid 80s – Pond Watchers Citizen Monitoring program initiated for Oyster, Litte and Green Ponds.
*1987 – Town Meeting appropriated $5,000 “to conduct investigations of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics” of Oyster, Little, and Green Ponds and to prepare a “comprehensive program for restoration, preservation and maintenance”.
* 1989 – Collapsed culvert at Surf Drive replaced with larger one increasing salinity and causing profound changes to the pond
* 1998 – Weir built to control pond salinity
*2005 – Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) report setting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for bacteria for Oyster Pond.
* 2006 – Listed as an impaired water body due to nutrients & pathogens on Mass Clean Water Act 303 (d) list
* 2007 – Final MEP report setting TMDL limits for nitrogen for Oyster Pond.
* 2008 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for nitrogen approved for Oyster Pond by the EPA and DEP.
* Aug 2010 – Buzzards Bay Coalition & Conservation Law Foundation file suit against EPA for “failing to properly manage sources of nitrogen pollution like septic systems, stormwater, & wastewater treatment plant discharges on Cape Cod including Falmouth and Bourne.”
*Spring 2011 – Falmouth passes a $2.7 million funding package for wastewater treatments and studies that includes $300, 000 for an Oyster Pond CWMP.
* Nov 2012- Town issues an RFP for Oyster Pond CWMP. Wright-Pierce selected.
*Sept 2019 – Draft Oyster Pond Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) released.