New group formed to promote a yes vote on Question on, Article 17 in Falmouth

Group co-chaired by Falmouth former State Representatives Eric Turkington and Matt Patrick

A group of Falmouth citizens have formed a committee to support Question 1, the referendum question that represents the amended Article 17 that recently gained town meeting's unanimous support. It will provide funding for research and demonstration projects for alternatives to sewers that could save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in the future.

Falmouth's salt and freshwater ponds have been overloaded with nutrients from septic systems, road runoff and lawn fertilizers. Falmouth wants to clean up these ponds because they are essential to a healthy environment and economy. This ballot question will help Falmouth fund research and demonstration projects that will help determine the best way to make this happen.

The Yes on 1 committee consists of many Falmouth citizens from proponents of conventional sewers to those who prefer alternatives to sewers. These people came together at Falmouth's Town Meeting to agree to a compromise that was unanimously passed.

The group is co-chaired by Falmouth's two former state representatives, Eric Turkington and Matt Patrick. Both have been very involved in the town's efforts to remedy our ponds as has Virginia Valiela, former chair of the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) Review Committee and Doug Brown who is the treasurer of the Yes on 1 committee. The rest of the Yes on 1 Committee consists of:  Wendi Buessler, John Waterbury and Priscilla Moor, Earle Barnhart, Jayne Abbott, Steve Rafferty, Ron Zweig, Christina Rawley, Hilde Maingay, Peter Boyer and Trish Favulli.

The Committee is planning an informational and fundraising forum for Friday,  April 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Nimrod Restaurant.  They will have some interesting and informative speakers along with appetizers.

Committee members are making themselves available to speak to any groups that may be interested.  They can contact Matt Patrick at 508-540-0981 to set up a speaking engagement.

Visit the Committee's Facebook page here.

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