Training Decision Makers

Decision Makers Workshop
Decision Makers Workshops provide solutions for people whose daily decisions affect the health of our water.

The 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.

A Local Solution to Nitrogen Pollution: The Wareham Case Study

Wednesday, May 27 • 12-3pm

This workshop will look at the town of Wareham’s innovative Board of Health regulations that were passed in January 2013. These regulations — the first of its kind in the Buzzards Bay region — require nitrogen-reducing septic systems for new construction in town.

The workshop will review how the regulations were passed, how they are being implemented, and how they can be a model for other towns.

Register Now!

This workshop is free, but we ask that you register in advance. To sign up, contact Rob Hancock at (508) 999-6363 ext. 222.


Buzzards Bay Center (114 Front St., New Bedford)


  • Robert Ethier, Wareham Health Agent
  • Frank DeFelice, Chair, Wareham Board of Health
  • Brian Baumgaertel, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
  • Korrin Petersen, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Earn Professional Credits

This workshop has been approved for 3 TCH credits for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators as well as Title 5 Soil Evaluator and System Inspector.

Water Words That Work

Thursday, June 11 • 9am-3:30pm

Relearn the language that everyday citizens use and you’ll become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to act on behalf of our rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans. Workshop presented in partnership with the Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program.

Register Now!

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Get more info and register now.


Buzzards Bay Center (114 Front St., New Bedford)


Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work, LLC