Decision Makers Workshops

The Buzzards Bay Coalition periodically 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

Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution: Installation of Nitrogen Reducing Septic Systems

This two-part series will showcase real-world solutions to Buzzards Bay’s largest source of nitrogen pollution, septic systems. Learn about two Coalition projects to upgrade traditional residential septic systems with nitrogen-reducing technology.

Both workshops will take place at the Coalition’s headquarters at 114 Front St., New Bedford. Optional field visits will show participants nitrogen-reducing septic system installations at homes in Falmouth and Acushnet. Workshops are free, with lunch provided. Participants may be eligible for TCH credits for Title 5 Soil Evaluator and System Inspector. RSVP to Korrin Petersen at (508) 999-6363 x206 by March 23.

West Falmouth Septic System Upgrade Demonstration Project: April 4, 2018

  • 12:00opm: Check-in & Lunch
  • 12:30pm: Project Background: Korrin Petersen, Buzzards Bay Coalition
  • 12:45pm: Technology Selection: Sia Karplus, Science Wares, Town of Falmouth
  • 1:15pm: Design & Permitting: George Heufelder, Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center and Stephen Rafferty, Falmouth Board of Health
  • 1:45pm: Installation: Harlow Hawkes
  • 2:15pm: Homeowner’s Perspective: Mike Angelini
  • 2:30pm: Results & Costs: Korrin Petersen and Sia Karplus
  • 3:15pm: Wrap up & Questions
  • 4:30pm: Optional Field Tour in West Falmouth

Layer Cake Demonstration Project in the Buzzards Bay Watershed: April 17, 2018

  • 12:00pm: Check-in & Lunch
  • 12:30pm: Project Background: Maureen Thomas, Buzzards Bay Coalition
  • 12:45pm: Technology: George Heufelder, Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center
  • 1:15pm: Design & Permitting: Brian Grady, GAF Engineering
  • 1:45pm: Installation
  • 2:15pm: Homeowner’s Perspective
  • 2:30pm: Results & Costs: George Heufelder
  • 3:15pm: Wrap up & Questions
  • 4:30pm: Optional Field Tour in Acushnet

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: