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Our purpose is to preserve the character of the village and to work with town officials from Falmouth to meet the changing needs of West Falmouth and the greater Falmouth community including the restoration of West Falmouth Harbor.

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Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.
West Falmouth Library

Come to hear issues affecting West Falmouth.

•  CLOC Directors, E. Mark Murphy and Mark A. Pearson, will describe the proposed new building for the College Light Opera Company Campus

•  Selectman Susan Moran will give Town updates

•  Ted Rowan will speak on Bikeway issues

Come and share your Village concerns. Light Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

'Restoration Of West Falmouth Harbor' Event Leaves Residents With Hope, Challenges

By Claudia Geib, The Falmouth Enterprise

"...In the mid-1990s, scientists began seeing nitrogen levels spike in waters around West Falmouth—and with it, increased algae growth, along with sharply declining shellfish health, eelgrass coverage, and water quality. To this day, groundwater sampled around West Falmouth Harbor still has very high nitrogen levels."

Read the full article >


2018 West Falmouth Clean Up

To everyone who participated in the 2018 litter clean up in West Falmouth - THANK YOU. We were fortunate to have 6 new volunteers this year which increased our total number to over 50. Miles of roadsides were cleared of many types of litter. The most prevalent item picked up this season was NIPS - hundreds of them - thrown out of cars.

Here’s some of the roadsides and areas where dedicated volunteers removed litter within the last two weeks - an amazing accomplishment.

1. West Falmouth Hwy. starting at Thomas Landers Rd. to Palmer Ave.
2. Nashawena Rd./Quaker Rd. from Old Dock Rd. to Old Silver Beach
3. Chapoquoit Rd. and island
4. Palmer Ave. from West Falmouth Hwy. to Sippewissett Rd.
5. Thomas Landers Rd./Route 28 intersection (2 exit ramps and 2 entrance ramps)
6. Brick Kiln Rd. from 28A to the bridges (Route 28 intersection)
7. Old Dock Rd.
8. Brick Kiln Rd./Gifford St. intersection
9. Blacksmith Shop Rd. and Swift Park
10. Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary land bordering Chapoquoit Rd.
11. West Falmouth Harbor shoreline at low tide
12. Little Island beach

Again, we are so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be part of our West Falmouth.

Milt and Sue Williamson Coordinators

BAY HEALTH, West Falmouth Harbor

See how healthy your water is by visiting Buzzards Bay Coalition's website.

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West Falmouth Nitrogen Reducing

Read the status report about nitrogen-reducing
in the West Falmouth Harbor.

Falmouth's Live Survey

The Falmouth Board of Selectmen hosted a first-of-its-kind Live Survey at the Falmouth High School Auditorium on Saturday, February 3rd. The intent of this event was to solicit input about how community members feel about our town, to generate ideas for strategic planning, and to encourage citizen action to make Falmouth an even better place to live and work. An executive summary of the ideas generated at this event along with a transcript are now available on the Town website.

View live survey results
View executive summary

West Falmouth Library Survey

Please help the WF Library gather data for a grant application.

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West Falmouth Harbor Restoration

West Falmouth Harbor Study

West Falmouth Harbor Restoration Feasibility Study
Prepared by:
Cape Cod Conservation District

Hydraulic Modeling and Culvert Size Analysis,
West Falmouth Harbor, West Falmouth, MA

Prepared by:
Woods Hole Group

Chapoquoit Beach Restoration - Feasibility Study

From the June 28th public meeting West Falmouth Clean Up
Click to view the presentation PDF from June 28

From the June 1st public meeting West Falmouth Clean Up
Click to view the presentation PDF from June 1

Report on Progress of WF Library Campaign

West Falmouth Library Capital Campaign

The West Falmouth Library’s capital campaign is making a final push to wrap up its $2.9 million fundraising goal. With just $115,000 to go, the campaign committee is asking everyone in the community to consider contributing to help raise this final amount.

Launched in late 2013, the campaign has raised more than $2.7 million to support a restored, well appointed, accessible gathering place that provides the infrastructure to meet the physical, intellectual, and social needs of our community. “Our campaign goal was ambitious, but our vision was as well—to improve our facilities so we can continue to provide the best possible services and programs for future generations in our community,” said Carlyn Ellms, former Board President. “I’ve been so moved by the hard work of our volunteer campaign committee and the generous support we’ve received from our community.”

“It is exciting to see that our target is within reach,” Ellms said. “Our donors’ enthusiasm, and their faith in our stewardship of their gifts, has supported us throughout the entire campaign. We are so close now—I hope community members who have not given will be inspired to help us wrap up our funding in June.”

Every donation, no matter what size, is greatly appreciated. Please consider a gift or two-year pledge.

The deadline to be included on the donor wall ($1,000+ gift payable over two years) has been extended to May 28, 2018.

To donate, please leave your donation at the Library or donate online at www.westfalmouthlibrary.org.

For information please contact the former Library Board President, Carlyn Ellms at 508.548.4709.

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Flood Insurance Presentation, Falmouth, MA
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Membership Survey

Please take a moment to fill out our Membership Survey, and either mail or email it to the WFVA (instructions provided with the survery). Thank you!
Membership Survey
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Falmouth Bikeways Committee Survey

The Falmouth Bikeways Committee is seeking your input; please fill out this survey. It will give the committee a better understanding of bicycle rider needs in Falmouth. The survey will take five to six minutes. Your bicycling needs will be incorporated into bicycling planning. Please only complete this survey one time. The committee would like the widest range of citizens to participate in this survey.

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Buzzards Bay Coalition

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Buzzards Bay needs your help today.

The state budget has left out critical funding for protecting clean water in your community. This funding supports water quality monitoring across southeastern Massachusetts including the Coalition’s Baywatchers program.

Your voice can make a difference.

Tell Senate President Rosenberg and your senator to support budget amendment 226 to restore water quality monitoring funding for Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay.

Contact Senator Rosenberg now by calling (617) 722-1500 and emailing stan.rosenberg@masenate.gov.

Contact our Senator, Vinnie deMacedo, by calling 508-747-6500 and emailing vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov.

Read the Buzzards Bay Coalition article about the West Falmouth demonstration project reducing nitrogen pollution from 20 septic systems by 78%.

For 23 years, the Baywatchers program has monitored the health of your local waterways. And that research has led to action. On Cape Cod, a major clean water planning process is almost complete and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just launched a program to reduce nitrogen pollution.

The Baywatchers program is more important than ever. Tell the Senate to support budget amendment 226 to protect clean water in your community today.

Cape Cod Times reports the Coalition finds 'pause' in Buzzards Bay nitrogen pollution

Latest State of Buzzards Bay score reflects encouraging pause in decline of local waters

Buzzards Bay Guardian Award

buzzards bay coalition Guardian Award

The Guardian Award was given to the West Falmouth Boat Club from the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. A beautifully carved scallop shell award created by New Bedford artist John Magnan from pine driftwood collected on Cuttyhunk sits on the mantel in the WF Library.

The Guardian Award is the “highest honor from the Coalition and is given for outstanding service in the clean-up, restoration, or protection of Buzzards Bay.” It honors “the unsung hero or heroine who deserves public recognition, not only for what they have achieved, but also to inspire others to make a difference.”

Please stop by the West Falmouth Library to read the complete award information on the bottom of the shell. John Magnan’s studio is located in the Waterfront Historic District of New Bedford.

Falmouth Healthy Lawns

What you need to know about Falmouth’s Nitrogen Control Bylaw for Fertilizer:

Falmouth adopted this Bylaw to reduce the nitrogen pollution going into our estuaries. The Bylaw applies to nitrogen used to fertilize grass only. The Bylaw does not apply to fertilizer used on your flower and vegetable garden, greenhouse, houseplants, farm, or orchard. The Bylaw also does not apply to the establishment or repair of turf (after substantial damage) in its first growing season.

•  Don’t fertilize any part of your lawn between October 16th and April 14th, or directly before or during a heavy rain event. Don’t spread fertilizer on paved surfaces and clean it up if you do.

•  Don’t fertilize any lawn located within 100 feet of wetlands - specifically the Resource Areas as defined in Falmouth’s Wetlands Regulations, FWR 10.02 (1)(a - d).

•  The Bylaw recommends that if you fertilize lawns not covered by the 100’ prohibition, fertilize sparingly! The Bylaw encourages use of materials such as yard waste, compost or other similar materials that are primarily organic in nature and that are not considered “fertilizer” to improve the physical condition of your soil.

Read more in the Healthy Lawns PDF.

West Falmouth beach protected forever with conservation restriction

West Falmouth protected coastal habitat

The generosity of the Shearer family is shown through a remarkable gift of a conservation restriction co-held by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and The 300 Committee Land Trust.
Near Chapoquoit Beach in West Falmouth lies a special stretch of beach and coastal habitat. Tall dunes rise up over the shore, protecting a community of plants and shrubs sandwiched between West Falmouth Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
View photos of this unique coastal habitat that is now protected forever.

Falmouth Receives State Funding to Replenish Chapoquoit Beach

The Enterprise by Carrie L. Gentile
Falmouth has been awarded $120,000 from the state to replenish Chapoquoit Beach and adjacent dunes with sand dredged from the Cape Cod Canal.
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West Falmouth Dock Rebuild

West Falmouth Dock rebuild
This West Falmouth PINK GRANITE boulder (sourced locally)
is a fitting cap stone for the project.

West Falmouth Harbor Eelgrass Study

The Falmouth Enterprise
By Brittany Feldott
A recent study shows that eelgrass in parts of West Falmouth Harbor is growing relatively healthily, but Philip Colarusso of the US Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it could take between six and 17 years before eelgrass beds fully recover.
Read more >

Retreat for ALS Patients, Families, and Caregivers Planned

The Falmouth Enterprise
By Andrea Carter
Construction of the Compassionate Care ALS Education and Retreat Center in West Falmouth, formerly Beach Rose Inn, began in November.
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