All three of these projects center around reducing pollution from wastewater: Buzzards Bay’s biggest source of harmful nitrogen. Because traditional septic systems don’t treat for nitrogen, they’re a major offender against clean water in our coves, harbors, and rivers.
Two of the projects aim to connect more homes on septic systems to municipal sewer plants, which do a better job of removing nitrogen. For example, the Coalition is evaluating a plan to move the Wareham Water Pollution Control Facility’s discharge pipe from the Agawam River to Taylor Point. By moving the discharge to a less sensitive location at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the towns of Wareham, Bourne, and Plymouth could expand sewer lines to homes that now use septic systems and cesspools.
The third grant, awarded to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), will help the Coalition keep working to clean up West Falmouth Harbor. Through this project, the Coalition will work with MBL and the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment to measure pollution from traditional septic systems versus innovative alternative systems that remove nitrogen.
Head over to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs website for the full grant announcement