Training Decision Makers

Decision Makers WorkshopThe Buzzards Bay Coalition provides an annual workshop series for decision makers in government, business and agriculture. These workshops provide real-world solutions for people whose daily decisions affect the health of Buzzards Bay and the local environment.

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For more information, contact Rob Hancock at (508) 999-6363 ext. 222.

Past Decision Makers Workshops

View presensations and resources from past Decision Makers Workshops.

Construction and Clean Water

A three-part workshop series that will provide solutions for protecting clean water resources – including drinking water, rivers, streams, and coastal waters – while supporting responsible real estate development.

How to Plan for Clean Water in Real Estate Development

Wednesday, April 2 • 8:30am-2pm
Who Should Attend?

Decision Makers Workshops are open to anybody who wishes to attend. But they are particularly beneficial for:

  • Town boards (selectmen, health, conservation, harbor/marine/clean water, etc.)
  • Town staff (wastewater facility staff, town planners, conservation agents, health agent)
  • State or regional planning or environmental staff
  • Private business professionals (engineers, septic installers, landscapers, farmers)
  • Independent audiences (homeowners, nonprofit staff and board members)

Find out how you can protect clean water when planning development at all scales, from a single home to an entire community.

  • Thinking About Clean Water and Development: Anne Kitchell, Senior Environmental Planner, LEED AP, Horsley Witten Group
  • Strategies for Urban Communities: Pallavi Kalia Mande, Director of Blue Cities, Charles River Watershed Association
  • Strategies for Suburban and Rural Communities: Kurt Gaertner, Director of Sustainable Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

Buzzards Bay Center (114 Front Street, New Bedford)



Building Techniques and Technologies that Protect Clean Water

Wednesday, April 16 • 8:30am-2pm

Get details on the latest techniques and technologies for protecting clean water in residential or commercial development.

  • The Toolbox for Clean Water Construction: Robert Roseen, PhD and P.E. Geosyntec Consulting
  • Implementing Techniques and Technologies: Rain Gardens, Green Roofs, and more: Kate Venturini, URI Outreach Center
  • Case Study of a Shared Septic System: Mike Moreau and Lauren Usilton, J&R Sales and Service

Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street, Marion)



Keeping Clean Water in Your Community

Wednesday, April 30 • 8:30am-Noon

Learn innovative techniques for meeting stormwater requirements, protecting marine resources, and managing green spaces.

  • Solving the Stormwater Management Puzzle: Joe Costa, Executive Director, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Project
  • Clean Water Landscaping: Mike Talbot, Talbot Ecological Land Care
  • Water Quality and Shellfish Areas: Neil Churchill, Marine Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Dept. of Fish & Game

UMass Cranberry Station (1 State Bog Road, East Wareham)



Conversations: Talking with constituents, customers, and the community about nitrogen pollution

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 • 8:30-10:30am

Many decision makers find that the biggest challenge to implementing solutions to nitrogen pollution is educating constituents, customers, and the community about nitrogen pollution. This workshop will provide participants with successful strategies for communicating essential information, addressing misinformation, and using language that everyone can understand.


Scott Horsley has been discussing water pollution issues for over 30 years as a founder and principal at Horsley Witten Group. For the last year, Scott has been discussing nitrogen pollution with hundreds of Cape Cod residents as an area leader for the Cape’s 208 Water Quality Management Plan.


Buzzards Bay Center (114 Front Street, New Bedford)