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.

Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution: Solving the Cranberry Puzzle

Most of the Bay’s nitrogen pollution comes from wastewater, including septic systems and wastewater treatment plants. Other land sources include lawns, farm fields, and stormwater runoff. But there’s another piece of the nitrogen pollution puzzle that’s been harder to pinpoint: cranberry bogs.

Now, new research is beginning to help scientists, cranberry growers, and decision makers better understand the amount of nitrogen flowing in and out of cranberry bogs.

Register Now!

Registration is requested for this workshop. To sign up, contact Rob Hancock at (508) 999-6363 ext. 222.

This workshop will share new and ongoing research by scientists and cranberry growers to better understand the potential impact of cranberry bogs on local water quality and discuss emerging ideas about bog management techniques that might reduce or eliminate those impacts.

Date and Location

Tuesday, April 14 • 4-6pm
Wareham Town Hall (54 Marion Rd., Wareham)


  • 4:00-4:10pm: Welcome (Rob Hancock, Buzzards Bay Coalition)
  • 4:10-4:20pm: The nitrogen pollution challenge (Rachel Jakuba, Buzzards Bay Coalition)
  • 4:20-5:00pm: Understanding the Impact of Cranberries on Nutrient Pollution (Chris Neill, Marine Biological Laboratory)
  • 5:00-5:20pm: A Cranberry Grower's Perspective (speaker TBA)
  • 5:20-5:40pm: Where Do We Go From Here? Next Steps for Research and Cranberry Agriculture (Carolyn DeMoranville, UMass Cranberry Station)
  • 5:40-6:00pm: Discussion and questions


  • Rachel Jakuba, Science Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition
  • Chris Neill, Director, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Carolyn DeMoranville, UMass Cranberry Station