Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP)

Proposed Sewer Assessment Ordinance 2021.04.29Proposed Sewer Assessment Ordinance Updates on Wastewater Efforts in the Town of Barnstable View Town’s webpage HERE dedicated to Water and Wastewater 4/29/21 View Special Town Council Meeting HERE – Proposed Sewer Assessment HERE 4/16/21 Barnstable’s CWMP is consistent with the Cape Cod Area Wide Water Quality Management Plan Update (“208 Plan”) Read Cape Cod Commission Analysis HERE 4/16/21 The Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund Management Board voted April 14, 2021 to award the first set of subsidies, totaling $71,307,259, to qualified and eligible water quality projects in several Cape Cod towns.  Projects eligible for funding include innovative strategies and alternative septic system technologies, water quality and wastewater management planning, the construction of sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plants, and the implementation of drainage improvements and water treatment programs to improve water quality in freshwater ponds and marine resources. Member communities must go through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, or SRF, program and be consistent with the Area Wide Water Quality Management Plan (208 Plan) to receive funds.  The Management Board voted to make final commitments to fund qualified projects listed on the 2018 and 2019 Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans, in the amount of $23,945,981. Projects in Chatham, Harwich, Bourne, and Orleans will receive funding. The Management Board voted to make contingent commitments for 25% subsidies totaling an estimated $30,888,710 to fund qualified project listed on the 2020 and 2021 Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan which do not yet have executed Project Regulatory Agreements (PRAs). Final subsidy amounts and commitments to the towns of Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable (2020-$6,405,960)(2021-$4,776,500)  and Chatham will be determined upon execution of the PRA.  The Management Board also voted to award grants to qualified and eligible town projects for pre-existing debt in the towns of Barnstable ($989,000), Chatham, Falmouth, and Provincetown, totaling $16,472,568. A full list of awards can be found HERE  View 4/15/21 Update HERE 4/13/21 Barnstable’s CWMP – What Residents & Businesses Need to Know – Listen to Podcast HERE View 3/25/21 7pm Discussion HERE View 3/25/21 2pm Discussion HERE View 3/25/21 10AM Discussion  -Experienced technical difficulties
View 2/25/21 7pm Discussion HERE View 2/25/21 2pm Discussion  HERE View 2/25/21 10am Discussion HERE Citizen Forums will Discuss Proposed Sewer Assessment Ordinance Background: The health of Barnstable’s coastal waters that is so vital to the Town’s quality of life and local economy is at risk. The primary source of the problem is nitrogen pollution from septic systems. Likewise, the Town’s freshwater ponds and drinking water supply are being degraded from nutrients and pollutants from septic systems, fertilizer, stormwater run-off and other watershed sources.  Building wastewater infrastructure to reduce the amount of these pollutants entering water resources is necessary to protect the environment, property values, local economy, and quality of life. Fortunately, Barnstable is leading the way on clean water solutions. Building on more than a decade of scientific study and engineering design, the Town has put forward a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) to protect coastal, inland and drinking water resources. Barnstable’s plan has been rigorously reviewed and approved by state environmental agencies. The Town’s plan calls for sewers and other measures to be implemented over 30 years, at a total cost of $1.4 billion. The Town has identified existing revenues to cover more than half of this cost. A Sewer Assessment Ordinance is being proposed to finance a portion of the remaining cost. What:    A proposal for a Sewer Assessment Ordinance to finance a portion of the cost to construct the sewer expansion will be presented for community discussion at a series of virtual public forums. Who:     Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager, will present the proposed sewer assessment ordinance; along with Daniel Santos, Director, Department of Public Works; and Mark Milne, Finance Director. When and How to Participate: Thursday, February 25 – 10:00 AM,  2:00 PM, 7:00 PM Thursday, March 25 – 10:00 AM,  2:00 PM, 7:00 PM To participate via computer use the following link for all six meetings: https://zoom.us/j/92047771927 Meeting ID: 920 4777 1927 or join by phone 888-475-4499 All meetings will also be live-streamed on Channel 18 and the Town of Barnstable Facebook page. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Town of Barnstable website or www.barnstablewaterresources.com for later viewing. View 2/18/21 Update HERE Update: 2/17/21: Town of Barnstable Statement in Response to Conservation Law Foundation Lawsuit Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed against the Town by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021: The Town of Barnstable is taking decisive and effective action to improve water quality in our coastal waters, streams and ponds. The Town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan, recently approved by the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will fully achieve the nitrogen reductions needed to meet Federal clean water standards. The Town has already invested $30 million toward the first phase of sewer construction needed to address this problem, and additional construction is planned to begin later this year, including upgrades to the Hyannis wastewater treatment plant. By the end of the decade, sewer expansions will be in place to remove nearly half of the nitrogen needed to protect our waters, with the remainder completed in subsequent phases.  Contrary to the CLF’s allegations, the Town adheres to applicable environmental requirements. It operates the Hyannis wastewater treatment plant in full compliance with a Groundwater Discharge Permit issued to the Town by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. If CLF is seeking to change the manner in which the plant is permitted, they need to take up that issue with state and federal permitting agencies.  Moreover, CLF’s actions could hinder the Town’s current efforts to address the problem of nitrogen pollution in our waters by diverting financial and staff resources away from that work.  Nitrogen pollution of the Cape’s waters is a large-scale and costly problem.  Barnstable is committed to ensuring that we do all that we can to protect and restore the health of our coastal waters, which are the lifeblood of our economy and quality of life. We encourage CLF and others concerned about this issue to support these efforts and work together with us. Update: 2/12/21: Citizen Forums will Discuss Proposed Sewer Assessment Ordinance Background: The health of Barnstable’s coastal waters that is so vital to the Town’s quality of life and local economy is at risk. The primary source of the problem is nitrogen pollution from septic systems. Likewise, the Town’s freshwater ponds and drinking water supply are being degraded from nutrients and pollutants from septic systems, fertilizer, stormwater run-off and other watershed sources.  Building wastewater infrastructure to reduce the amount of these pollutants entering water resources is necessary to protect the environment, property values, local economy, and quality of life. Fortunately, Barnstable is leading the way on clean water solutions. Building on more than a decade of scientific study and engineering design, the Town has put forward a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) to protect coastal, inland and drinking water resources. Barnstable’s plan has been rigorously reviewed and approved by state environmental agencies. The Town’s plan calls for sewers and other measures to be implemented over 30 years, at a total cost of $1.4 billion. The Town has identified existing revenues to cover more than half of this cost. A Sewer Assessment Ordinance is being proposed to finance a portion of the remaining cost. What:    A proposal for a Sewer Assessment Ordinance to finance a portion of the cost to construct the sewer expansion will be presented for community discussion at a series of virtual public forums. Who:     Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager, will present the proposed sewer assessment ordinance; along with Daniel Santos, Director, Department of Public Works; and Mark Milne, Finance Director. When and How to Participate: Thursday, February 25      10:00 AM     2:00 PM     7:00 PM Thursday, March 25           10:00 AM     2:00 PM     7:00 PM To participate via computer use the following link for all six meetings: https://zoom.us/j/92047771927 Webinar ID 920 4777 1927 or join by phone 888-475-4499 All meetings will also be live-streamed on Channel 18 and the Town of Barnstable Facebook page. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Town of Barnstable website or www.barnstablewaterresources.com for later viewing. Update: 2/8/21: Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee Submits Final Report on the CWMP Financial Management Plan View HERE Update: 1/28/21: Town of Barnstable Reaches Significant Milestone with Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan The Town of Barnstable reached another significant milestone in efforts to clean up its inland and coastal waters by successfully completing state environmental review of the Town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP).  The Certificate of completion issued late last month by the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides states that the Town’s CWMP “adequately and properly complies with Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act’s (MEPA) and its implementing regulations.”In sharing the news with the Barnstable Town Council, Daniel Santos, Department of Public Works Director, said, “The Certificate from Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs is no small matter.  The fact that the regulatory agencies, and there are many that participate in this review, were very satisfied with our project is a major accomplishment and will do us well in the implementation phase.”Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells spoke to the work called for in the CWMP that has been done and will take place in Barnstable in the future, “The Town of Barnstable has made substantial strides toward improving water quality in its inland and coastal waters. The Town already has invested more than $30 million to reduce nutrient levels in its estuaries, and this plan dramatically speeds up the timeline on major projects, including extending sewer service to nearly 12,000 properties, while managing costs for taxpayers and limiting construction disruptions for residents, businesses and visitors.” The next and final step in the approval of the CWMP is for the Town to petition the Cape Cod Commission for a Consistency Determination with the208 Area Wide Water Quality Management Plan, the regional framework to restore embayment water quality on Cape Cod mandated under the federal Clean Water Act. The 208 Consistency Determination ensures that the CWMP is consistent with a watershed-based approach to reduce or eliminate excess nitrogen reaching coastal waters. View the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan HERE View the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Certification HERE Update: 1/21/21: View Update HERE Update: 12/17/20: View DRAFT Sewer Assessment Ordinance HERE View Financing the CWMP & Fiscal Policy Decisions HERE Presented By Mark Milne, Director of Finance at the Special Town Council Meeting December 10, 2020  View Special Meeting Video HERE FISCAL POLICY RE: CWMP View Director Of Finance, Mark Milne’s October 29, 2020 Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: October 15, 2020 View Update HERE UPDATE: September 17, 2020 View Update HERE UPDATE: September 11, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nate Collins, P.E. Telephone: 774-487-8390 ROUTE 28 SEWER EXPANSION PROJECT GEOTECHNICAL BORINGS The Town of Barnstable’s design consultant (Weston & Sampson) will be completing geotechnical borings for the proposed Rte. 28 East Sewer Expansion Project starting on September 14th. Work will include approximately thirty-one (31) soil borings within the State Highway Layout of Route 28 (Falmouth Road) in Barnstable, MA, between the intersection with Phinneys Lane and just east of the intersection with Pitchers Way. The traffic flow will be maintained throughout the drilling, including proper signage.  It is envisioned that the soil boring work within Route 28 will take up to two (2) weeks. UPDATE: August 20, 2020 View  CWMP Update HERE UPDATE: July 16, 2020
  • MEPA Process continues
    • DPW staff coordinating with MEPA office
    • Next Step – Prepare and submit Single EIR, anticipated submission in October
  • Route 28 East Project
    • Contract has been awarded to Weston & Sampson ($758,300).
    • Design Efforts underway, kickoff meeting was held yesterday.
      • Design anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2021. Targeting fall 2021 for start of construction.
    • Project includes Phinney’s Lane pump station, force main to back to WPCF and gravity sewer on Route 28 from Strawberry Hill Road to Phinneys Lane and on Phinneys Lane from Wequaquet Lane to Route 28.
  • Survey Work
    • Surveys have begun for the following projects:
      • Long Pond Sewer Expansion (Anticipated Const. Start = FY25)
        • Surveyor: Nitsch Engineering – $247,787
      • Phinney’s Lane Sewer Expansion (Anticipated Const. Start = FY23)
        • Project includes neighborhoods to west and east side of Phinney’s Lane
        • Surveyor: SMC Dawood – $115,515
      • Route 28 Centerville and Marstons Mills (Anticipated Const. Start = Centerville FY24, MM FY27)
        • Route 28 from Phinneys Lane to Route 149, including MMWWTP conversion.
        • Surveyor: SMC Dawood – $188,620
      • Property owners w/in the project area will be notified via mail in the coming weeks regarding the need for survey crews to access their property.
      • Anticipate completion of these survey efforts in the first quarter of CY2021
      • DPW design team will use surveys to prepare preliminary designs in-house.  Consultants will be retained for final design.
    • Continuing design and coordination with Vineyard Wind on the Strawberry Hill Road Project.
      • Additional subsurface utility location was completed in June and design is being modified based upon the results of these findings.
      • Targeting spring 2021 construction.
    • Construction of sewer extension on Kidd’s Hill Road, Merchants Way and Business Drive has been completed (except for final paving).  Funded by MassWorks Grant.
    • Annual Estuary Monitoring Sampling is underway
    • Continuing in-house preliminary design of Phase 1 projects.
OTHER WASTEWATER PROJECTS OF NOTE (NON-SEWER EXPANSION)
  • Rendezvous Lane Pump Station Replacement Project is currently out to bid.
    • Construction anticipated starting this fall and be completed in the spring.
  • Received the Solids Handling Upgrade Preliminary Design Report for $8M+ upgrade to the facility
    • Project on State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) Intended Use Plan — Appropriation request for construction anticipated in coming months.
  • No decision by Air Force yet. Last meeting in March. Drafting letter to try to move things along.
UPDATE: April 16, 2020
  • MEPA Process continues
o   Received ENF decision on April 3, 2020. o   Next Step – Prepare and submit Single EIR, anticipated this summer
  • RFP’s received today for design of Route 28 East Project
o   Project includes Phinney’s Lane pump station, force main to back to WPCF and gravity sewer on Route 28 from Strawberry Hill Road to Phinneys Lane and on Phinneys Lane from Wequaquet Lane to Route 28. o   Targeting Fall, 2021 construction.
  • 3 RFP’s on the street for survey services to support design efforts of following projects:
o   Phinney’s Lane Sewer Expansion (neighborhoods to west and east side of Phinney’s Lane) o   Long Pond Sewer Expansion o   Route 28 Centerville and Marstons Mills (from Phinneys Lane to Route 149, including MMWWTP conversion).
  • Continuing design and coordination with Vineyard Wind on the Strawberry Hill Road Project.
  • Construction of sewer extension on Kidd’s Hill Road, Merchants Way and Business Drive scheduled for this spring (funded by MassWorks grant).
  • Continued in-house preliminary design of Phase 1 projects.
  • JBCC still awaiting decision on award of operations contract to T.O.B./Converge partnership. Met with Air Force in late March to answer questions about our joint proposal.
UPDATE: February 27, 2020 View DPW Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: January 24, 2020 View DPW Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: January 14, 2020 View Expanded Environmental Notification Form HERE UPDATE: January 2020 View Final Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan HERE UPDATE: January 2020 View CWMP Appendices HERE UPDATE: December 19, 2019 View DPW Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: November 21, 2019 View DPW Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: October 3, 2019 View Final Draft of the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan HERE View Financing Plan for the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan HERE UPDATE: October 3, 2019 The Town will host a series of four public information sessions over the next 30 days that will allow the public to hear about the plan, ask questions, and offer comments. Information sessions will be held at 6:30 pm in Barnstable County Complex Conference Room 10/15, Hyannis Town Hall 10/22, Marstons Mills Liberty Hall 10/28 & Osterville Library 10/21.

For More Information Contact: Daniel W. Santos, P.E. Director of Public Works Daniel.Santos@town.barnstable.ma.us

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works released the Draft Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP).  The Draft CWMP will guide wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal efforts in Barnstable for the next 30 years, with the primary goals of reducing nutrient enrichment of coastal estuaries and fresh water ponds as well as the protection of public water supplies.  Secondary goals include supporting economic growth and providing solutions in areas where it has traditionally been difficult to site on-site systems such as areas with high groundwater and poor soils.  The Draft CWMP relies on both traditional methods of addressing wastewater, in the form of centralized collection and treatment, but also invests heavily in alternative technologies in the short term to potentially minimize the need for centralized sewering in later phases of the plan.

The Town has been working since 2015 to develop a plan that meets the needs of the community as well as the requirements of the Cape Commission’s “208 Plan” that was released in 2017.  The “208 Plan” outlines the region’s plan to meet the requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act. UPDATE: June 20, 2019 View recent Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP)  Power Point Presentation HERE UPDATE: January 3, 2019 View Power Point Presentation on Wastewater Efforts in Barnstable HERE  UPDATE: November 17, 2017 View details HERE outlining Intermunicipal Agreement between Barnstable, Mashpee and Sandwich to Clean Up Popponesset Bay. UPDATE: August 17, 2017 View Final Wastewater Planning Presentation to Town Council HERE UPDATE: June 17, 2017 The Town of Barnstable’s Water Resources Advisory Committee held a workshop on Saturday June 17, 2017 to discuss the timeline, process and preliminary costs associated with cleaning up Barnstable’s ponds, rivers, shorelines and embayments. View meeting HERE

UPDATE: May 17, 2017 View Barnstable’s Draft Wastewater Plan HERE presented by DPW to the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) and Town CouncilBarnstable Walling Map – 1856