Falmouth Water Stewards

Falmouth Water Stewards are a group of Falmouth residents who are dedicated water quality educators and advocates. Since 1994, the Falmouth Water Stewards have worked on reviving and preserving water quality in both the fresh and coastal waters of the greater Falmouth area. The Falmouth Water Stewards also provide opportunities for residents of Falmouth to participate in citizen science by adopting water bodies to monitor. 

Falmouth Water Stewards have been an integral part of the Trash Shouldn't Splash initiative through their support of the Skip the Straw initiative. 

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In 2015, five concerned middle school students partnered with Falmouth Water Stewards to start their own advocacy campaign. The students were concerned about the impacts of plastic debris in the ocean and founded a "Skip the Straw" campaign in Falmouth. The team informs both residents and tourists about the prevalence and risks of marine debris. Their investment in the future of the world's oceans allows them to passionately relay their cause to the public, fellow K-12 students, and local restaurants.

Along with their individual work, the Skip the Straw team works closely with Sea Education Association to table at town events and visit local restaurants to discuss ways to reduce single-use plastics.