Decision Makers Workshop, Photo/Buzzards Bay Coalition.

Decision Makers Workshop, Photo/Buzzards Bay Coalition.

As the real estate market begins to strengthen, communities in southeastern Massachusetts are looking for ways to protect clean water resources—drinking water, rivers, wetlands and coastal waters—while supporting responsible development.

Whether restoring clean water in urban neighborhoods or planning for sustainable development in suburban and rural communities, good planning strategies are an essential tool. To help decision makers in government and business plan for clean water in real estate development, the Buzzards Bay Coalition is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Buzzards Bay Center (114 Front Street) in New Bedford.

The workshop will look at case studies for protecting clean water and supporting development from across the Commonwealth.

Here are the speakers:

  • Thinking About Clean Water and Development: Anne Kitchell, Senior Environmental Planner, LEED AP, Horsley Witten Group.
  • Strategies for Urban Development: The Blue Cites Approach and Case Studies: Pallavi Kalia Mande, Director of Blue Cities, Charles River Watershed Association.
  • Strategies for Suburban and Rural Communities, including Open Space Residential Development: Kurt Gaertner, Director of Sustainable Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

Decision Makers Workshops are appropriate for anybody looking for solutions to protecting clean water when developing. They are particularly useful for town officials and staff, developers, builders and real estate agents.

To register, go to or contact Rob Hancock at or (508) 999-6363 ext. 222.

This workshop is the first of 3 Decision Makers Workshops on the topic of Construction & Clean Water. For full details, visit


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