Workshop Aims to Help Communities Reduce Buzzards Bay Pollution


To help local cities and towns on southeastern New England take action to reduce nitrogen pollution, the Buzzards Bay Coalition is hosting a free workshop on Wednesday, March 6, in New Bedford. The workshop will provide attendees with solutions to the region’s main source of nitrogen pollution: wastewater. The workshop will highlight innovative solutions to wastewater for homes, towns and neighborhoods.

For homeowners, George Heufelder, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, will discuss innovative septic system technology designed to minimize nitrogen flowing into groundwater and then to the Bay.

For municipal sewer systems, Amy Lowell, wastewater operator from the town of Falmouth, will outline the performance of the town’s wastewater plant at reducing nitrogen concentrations. The facility was upgraded in 2005 leading to a greater than 75% reduction in the amount of nitrogen flowing into West Falmouth Harbor.

Finally, a third solution—neighborhood-sized treatment plants —will be investigated by Jeffery Osuch from the town of Fairhaven who will profile the wastewater treatment plant that serves the West Island community.

The March 6 workshop is the first of three Decision Makers Workshops the Bay Coalition will host this spring. A workshop on Wednesday, March 20 in East Wareham will outline solutions for reducing nitrogen from stormwater, agriculture, and landscaping. The third workshop, on Wednesday, April 3, in Bourne, will provide solutions for planning and funding a cost-effective cleanup.

Decision Makers Workshops are appropriate for anybody looking for solutions to reduce nitrogen pollution, but is particularly beneficial for town officials and staff, as well as community members and businesses with a concern for clean water. The March 6 workshop is approved for Training Contact Hours for wastewater treatment plant operators and septic system installers.

To register, contact Rob Hancock or 508.999.6363 x222.

For more information about the Decision Makers Workshop series, click here.

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