West Falmouth, MA, Oyster Reef to Expand

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The Town of Falmouth has received a federal grant of $53,950 to expand an oyster reef that will reduce nitrogen loads to West Falmouth Harbor. The town will expand the existing quarter-acre reef to one acre by planting an additional 1,500 bags of oyster spat-on-shell. The shellfish will provide a biological filter for water in the Snug Harbor area, a significant source of nutrient pollution. The monitoring results of this project will inform the extent to which oyster reefs can effectively improve water quality, and can contribute to watershed nitrogen reduction for West Falmouth Harbor and other similar estuaries.