The Falmouth Water Stewards support the articles that will be discussed at Town Meeting on rezoning to allow solar development at the Cape Cod Country Club.

After careful consideration of the potential fates of the Falmouth Country Club property, and the pros and cons of the project in light of these considerations, Falmouth Water Stewards supports the proposed changes to the Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Overlay District bylaw that are contained in Articles 6 and 7 of the June 28 Special Town Meeting that would allow solar installation to proceed.

FWS acknowledges the challenges and conflicts between locating and increasing renewable energy production and preserving open spaces, habitat and the clear protections of water quality that intact habitat and open spaces provide. Our assessment is guided by four considerations that proposed project will (1) mitigate climate change by increasing renewable energy production in Falmouth in a way that protects water quality, (2) reduces nitrogen pollution to Coonamessett Pond, (3) locates ground-based solar arrays predominantly on cleared land and (4) moves Falmouth closer toward contributing to ambitious emissions reduction goals promulgated in Massachusetts landmark legislation landmark that requires a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions below 1990 levels by 2030.

Judith E. McDowell, president

Falmouth Water Stewards

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