Decision Makers Workshops

Throughout the year, the Buzzards Bay Coalition offers free workshops 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.

Upcoming Workshops

There are no workshops currently scheduled. If you would like to be notified of upcoming workshops, email Rob Hancock.

Past Workshops

April 14, 2015 – 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. 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.

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May 20, 2014 – Conversations: Talking about Nitrogen Pollution with Constituents, Customers, and the Community

This workshop provided participants with successful strategies for communicating essential information about nitrogen pollution, addressing misinformation, and using language that everyone can understand.

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April 30, 2014 – Construction and Clean Water: Keeping Clean Water in Your Community

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

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April 16, 2014 – Construction and Clean Water: Building Techniques and Technologies that Protect Clean Water

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

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April 2, 2014 – Construction and Clean Water: How to Plan for Clean Water in Real Estate Development

Participants found out how to protect clean water when planning development at all scales from a single home to an entire community.

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March 5, 2014 – Approval and Performance of Nitrogen-Reducing Septic Systems

Participants learned about the state approval process for advanced septic systems and guidance on managing shared systems.

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April 3, 2013 – Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution: Planning and Funding Solutions

This workshop shared examples of comprehensive planning and innovative funding on the local, state, and regional scale, which are essential for making a cost-effective cleanup happen.

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March 20, 2013 – Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution: Technology Solutions

This workshop shared the latest research and innovative projects for addressing sources of nitrogen pollution from the landscape including lawns, farms, and stormwater. The workshop included a field visit to the UMass Cranberry Station research bogs.

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March 6, 2013 – Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution: Technology Solutions

This workshop shared the latest innovations in reducing nitrogen in wastewater at all scales: municipal, neighborhood, and home. The workshop included a field visit to the West Island Treatment Plant in Fairhaven.

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April 5, 2012 – Restoring the Bay’s Natural Resources: Making Restoration Happen

This session included lectures offering practical advice about implementing restoration projects and a site visit to the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham.

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March 22, 2012 – Restoring the Bay’s Natural Resources: Restoration and the Community

This session included lectures on community support and stakeholder involvement in restoration projects and a site visit to Little Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth.

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March 1, 2012 – Restoring the Bay’s Natural Resources: Why Restore

This session included lectures on the value of restoring habitats and a site visit to the Acushnet Sawmill.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: