Past Events & Materials

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Using Permeable Reactive Barriers to Address Nitrogen Pollution

April 5, 2017
Workshop Agenda
The Cape Cod 208 Plan and the PRB Technology for Nitrogen Remediation
Tom Cambareri, Cape Cod Commission
Primer on the Nitrogen Cycle
Kevin Kroeger, United States Geological Survey
Right Place, Right Technology
Findings, Lessons and Next Steps from an EPA Study of Pilot PRB Sites on Cape Cod
Marcel Belaval, Environmental Protection Agency
Findings from an Early PRB Installation at the Waquoit Bay Reserve: The Nitrex Barrier
Ken Foreman, Marine Biological Laboratory
Regulatory Perspectives on PRB Use for Water Quality Remediation
Brian Dudley, MA Department of Environmental Protection
Learning from Cape Towns Exploring PRB Use
Town of Orleans Case Study
The First In-Situ EVO PRB on Cape Cod: From Concept to Implementation – Paul Dombrowski, ISOTEC
Town of Falmouth Case Study
Permeable Reactive Barrier Planning Part 1 – Anastasia Karplus, Science Wares
Permeable Reactive Barrier Planning Part 2 – Jim Begley, MT Environmental Restoration

Exhibit Table Resources
Column Studies to Evaluate EVO for Nitrate Removal in Permeable Reactive Barriers on Cape Cod (Poster)-Fritz Hostrop, Terra Systems, Inc.
Emulsified Vegetable Oil: What it is, how it removes nitrate, how it compares, how it’s manufactured, and why and how we inject it. – Fritz Hostrop, Terra Systems, Inc.

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

Green Infrastructure incorporates the natural environment and constructed systems that mimic natural processes in an integrated network that benefits nature and people.
Resources & Handouts
Green Infrastructure Practices
Put Green Infrastructure between Your Community & the Next Coastal Storm
Seven Best Practices for Risk Communication
Ecosystem Services
Barriers to Green Infrastructure
Funding Opportunities
Green Infrastructure Resources
Field-scale monitoring of pharmaceuticals and personal care products applied to active golf courses via recycled water

March 28, 2017
Hyannis Presentations
Hyannis Agenda
Hyannis Flip Chart Notes
Introduction to Green Infrastructure – Lauren Long, Office for Coastal Management, NOAA
Local Planning & Stewardship of Conservation Properties Vulnerable to Coastal Inundation – Tom O’Shea, Trustees of the Reservation
Local Shoreline Protection through Sediment Management at Dead Neck Island in Barnstable – John Ramsey, Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc.
Local Coastal Bank Stabilization Utilizing a Bioswale, Fiber Rolls and Plantings – Seth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Ecological Design, Inc.
Local Planning and Public Engagement for Implementation of Living Shoreline Projects at Coastal Access Sites – Chris Miller, Town of Brewster

March 30, 2017
Nahant Presentations
Nahant Agenda
Nahant Flip Chart Notes
Introduction to Green Infrastructure – Lauren Long, Office for Coastal Management, NOAA
Local Planning & Stewardship of Conservation Properties Vulnerable to Coastal Inundation – Tom O’Shea, Trustees of the Reservation
Local Project Enhancing Resiliency of Urban Parks with Green Infrastructure – Darci Schofield, The Trust for Public Land
Local Shoreline Protection & Management of Plymouth Long Beach – David Gould, Town of Plymouth
Local Planning to Advance Implementation of Living Shorelines at Municipal Properties – Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch and Tom Devine, City of Salem

Building Stronger and Safer in the Coastal Zone

Learn about best practices for reducing storm damage, key state regulations and available guidance and tools.
June 1, 2016
Interpreting FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Studies
Rebecca Haney, Coastal Geologist, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
State Building Code Requirements in Flood Hazard Areas
Eric Carlson, Assistant Director Flood Hazard Management Program, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
What Conservation Commissions Can Do to Protect Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage
Lealdon Langley, Director of Water Policy, MA Department of Environmental Protection and Rebecca Haney, Coastal Geologist, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
What’s Next: Planning and Funding Opportunities
Sarah White, Mitigation Unit, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Sea Level Rise, Storms and Cape Cod Part 1
Developing Decision-Support Tools to Meet Local Needs
Learning from New Jersey and the Sandy Experience
March 12, 2015
This workshop focused on examining existing web-based mapping and visualization tools that can inform local planning and emergency response efforts and ways to enhance their utility. It incorporated tools and planning processes that are being effectively used in New Jersey communities affected by Super Storm Sandy to strengthen resiliency planning and identify elements that may be transferable to Cape Cod. Through a blend of presentations, interactive demonstration, and discussion, the workshop allowed participants to contribute concrete ideas on ways to enhance mapping tools to make them as useful as possible to local decision-makers. Recognizing that mapping tools on their own are insufficient to achieve resiliency goals, the workshop also provided a forum to highlight opportunities and collaborative action necessary to continue making progress towards a more resilient Cape Cod.
Cape Cod’s Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise (SLR) and Storms
Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist, Woods Hole Sea Grant Program
Highlights of Regional Planning Efforts to Address SLR and Storms
Caroline Harper, Planner, Cape Cod Commission
The Sandy Experience and Lessons for Community Readiness
Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Designing and Developing WebGIS SLR Tools in New Jersey
Richard Lathrop, Director, Walton Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
An Introduction to the Cape Cod Sea Level Rise Viewer Tool
Bret Whiteley, GIS Specialist, Cape Cod Commission
Using WebGIS SLR Tools to Support Resiliency Planning in New Jersey
Lisa Auermuller, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Richard Lathrop, Rutgers University
Using the Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) Tool to Support Local Storm Preparedness Planning: Piloting the CRI in the Town of Falmouth
Tonna-Marie Rogers, Coastal Training Coordinator, Waquoit Bay Reserve
Marlene McCollem, Assistant Town Planner, Town of Falmouth

Sea Level Rise, Storms and Cape Cod Part 2
Engaging the Community in Planning
Learning from Florida and New England Examples
March 19, 2015
Engaging the community is a key component in planning for coastal hazards and requires a thoughtful strategic approach to be effective. This workshop presented a variety of strategies that have been successfully utilized in New England and Florida-based projects where towns and organizations were able to  make tremendous progress despite challenging beginnings. It demonstrated how to use a structured collaborative process to build community support and identify techniques and lessons that may be applied on Cape Cod. The workshop also presented a guidebook and other great resources that local officials and organizations can utilize going forward.
Overview of the Planning for SLR in the Matanzas Basin Project
Dr. Kathryn Frank, Associate Professor, University of Florida
Using a Structured Collaborative Process to Engage the Community in Planning
Dr. Dawn Jourdan, Director & Associate Professor Regional and City Planning, University of Oklahoma
Building Community Support – Lessons From Using a Steering Committee
Tina Gordan, Coastal Training Coordinator, Tolomato Matanzas NERR

A Healthy Nantucket Sound-Why it Matters to the Cape and Islands
June 25, 2014
Mashpee Public Library
Results of monitoring programs for water quality, fisheries and contaminants of emerging concern.
Planning Partners: Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, MA Environmental Trust, Barnstable County Dept. of Health & the Environment, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Cape Cod Commission, Falmouth Associations Concerned with Estuaries and Salt Ponds, Friends of Chatham Waterways, Harwich Department of Natural Resources: Water Quality Task Force, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Silent Spring Institute, Three Bays Preservation, Waquoit Bay NERR, UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station and School for the Environment, UL/Eurofins Eaton Analytical, US EPA New England Laboratory
Overview of Nantucket Sound Water Quality Monitoring Program
Dr. Amy Costa, Center for Coastal Studies
Trends in Fish and Invertebrate Abundance in Nantucket Sound Observed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Trawl Survey, 1978-2013
Jeremy King, MA Division of Marine Fisheries
Water Quality in Chatham: How Water Quality Monitoring Results Have Been Used in Making Local Decisions
Dr. Robert Duncanson, Town of Chatham
Contaminants of Emerging Concern: What Are They and Should We be Concerned
Dr. Mark Benotti, Battelle
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Cape Cod’s Groundwater and Drinking Water and How We Can Reduce Their Presence in the Environment
Dr. Lauren Schaider, Silent Spring Institute
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Nantucket Sound and Its Associated Estuaries and Salt Ponds
Dr. Amy Costa, Center for Coastal Studies

Wastewater Planning Around the CapeCTP_workshop
April 30, 2013
Hyannis Golf Course
Each town will provide a status update on where each town is at in their wastewater/water management efforts including their actions, experiences, lessons and next steps. Towns that share watersheds will discuss collaboration opportunities and needs as well as ways to draw from each other’s efforts to enhance public education and community engagement. This forum will complement ongoing efforts to share information among towns and further expose town officials, board members and other interested persons to the suite of wastewater-related activities in progress across the region. Information shared at this event will also feed into the first annual Cape Coastal Conference scheduled for June 13 and 14 in Hyannis.
Town Status Updates

Using Eco Toilets to Manage Our Wastewater: The Falmouth Initiative
April 5, 2013
Cape Cod Eco-Toilet Center
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The town of Falmouth is currently engaging in a unique project to test the use of eco-toilets as a means of meeting state regulatory requirements for reducing nitrogen loading. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about the Falmouth project and wasy it could be applied to different towns.
Workshop Agenda
Why Eco-Toilets (Nick Ashbolt, Ph.D., Univ. of New South Wales-Sydney and Univ. of Cincinnati)
Vision for the Falmouth Eco-Toilet Program (Win Munro, Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee (WQMC))
Getting to Know Eco-Toilets (Matt Patrick, WQMC; Earle Barnhart and Hilde Maingay, The Green Center, Inc.)
The Falmouth Eco-Toilet Demonstration Project (George Heufelder, Barnstable County; Brian Dudley, MA DEP; Sia Karplus, Science Wares, Inc.)
Incorporating Eco-Toilets in Watershed Planning (Erin Jackson, Cape Cod Commission)

Going It Together
December 12, 2012
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth
This workshop will provide an opportunity for local officials to learn about and discuss what using a regional approach to solving Cape Cod’s wastewater problem means for towns. It will provide an update on the regional wastewater management plan being developed by the Cape Cod Commission and address frequently asked questions about the plan, the path for implementation, and the process for collaboration. It will also include a case study of the Boston Harbor clean-up effort led by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and lessons learned that could be instructive for Cape Cod. This case study will be presented by the former Chief Financial Officer of the MWRA. The workshop will feature a mix of presenters and group discussion and address issues such as financing, cost savings, affordability, regional authority, administration, technology solutions, collaboration, and community engagement.  Conference Agenda & Speaker Information
Update on Cape-Wide Wastewater Planning (Paul Niedzwiecki, Cape Cod Commission)
Funding Options for Wastewater Capital Programs (Bob Ciolek, Consultant, Barnstable County)
Community Engagement and Collaboration (Stacie Smith, Consensus Building Institute)

Working Together to Get Things Done
May 3, 2012
Waquoit Bay Reserve
This workshop will provide an opportunity for local officials to learn about and discuss what using a regional approach to solving Cape Cod’s wastewater problem means for towns. It will provide an update on the regional wastewater management plan being developed by the Cape Cod Commission and address frequently asked questions about the plan, the path for implementation, and the process for collaboration. It will also include a case study of the Boston Harbor clean-up effort led by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and lessons learned that could be instructive for Cape Cod. This case study will be presented by the former Chief Financial Officer of the MWRA. The workshop will feature a mix of presenters and group discussion and address issues such as financing, cost savings, affordability, regional authority, administration, technology solutions, collaboration, and community engagement.

Cleaning Up Our Coastal Waters
April 18, 2012
Waquoit Bay Reserve
This workshop is intended to provide local officials, municipal boards, and community members with a solid understanding of nitrogen cycling and pollution budgets (Total Maximum Daily Loads-TMDLs) in the coastal environment. It will provide the background on how human actions are dramatically changing the coastal landscape and why cleaning up our coastal waters is such a big concern. It will delve beyond just explaining how excess nitrogen affects our bays and ponds, to unpacking the nitrogen cycle, sources of nitrogen, how nitrogen moves through watersheds and demonstrating how these issues are inter-related. We will examine why land-based sources of nitrogen need to be controlled and ways to reduce nitrogen loads to coastal ecosystems. Presenters will also address some of the common misconceptions about nitrogen pollution. Participants will learn about TMDLs for water quality, how they are calculated and what they mean for our communities.

Sea Level Rise Forum
February 15, 2012
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
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Global sea level is rising and it is rising faster than it has in the past. Sea level rise will impact the coast in many different ways, affecting and transforming coastal communities, beaches, low-lying areas, wetlands, estuaries, aquifers and coastal development and infrastructure. The goal of this forum is to increase people’s fundamental understanding of this phenomenon, discuss how coastal communities can adapt, identify tools and resources for local governments to prepare, and highlight ongoing research that can support the work of coastal managers and decision-makers.

Ocean Outfall Symposium
May 25, 2012
Cape & Islands Assoc. of Realtors Conference Center
Could ocean outfalls be part of the suite of solutions that municipalities on Cape Cod use to address wastewater management needs? This question is being explored by some municipalities as part of the process to develop comprehensive wastewater management plans and meaningfully examine all feasible treatment and management options. This symposium will provide information on how ocean outfalls work and the implications of potentially using them as a wastewater management strategy. Information on the history of outfalls, federal and state regulations, environmental impacts, as well as policy, planning and legal issues will be presented, along with case studies. The symposium is part of an ongoing series of wastewater workshops. It is meant to be educational in nature and is not meant to advocate for outfalls.

Wastewater: The Scoop on Poop
January 14, 2012
Waquoit Bay Reserve
An expert panel will discuss the pros and cons of centralized and decentralized treatment options including sewers, neighborhood cluster systems, on-site alternative systems (including composting and urine diverting systems), shellfish aquaculture for nitrogen removal, and modifying tidal inlets to improve flushing. Panelists Mike Giggey, Senior VP, Wright-Pierce, and member of Mass DEP’s task force updating the groundwater discharge permitting regulations. George Heufelder, Dir. of the Barnstable Cty Dept of Health and the Environment, established the MA Alternative Septic System Test Center in 1999. John Ramsey, Sr Coastal Engineer and Principal at Applied Coastal Research, has served as the coastal engineering consultant to the MA Coastal Zone Management (MCZM). Diane Murphy, Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist at the Cape Cod Cooperative Ext and Woods Hole Sea Grant Program has participated in many studies on shellfish aquaculture