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)