The New Bedford Whaling Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition partner to present “Where the Land Meets the Sea: Working to Restore and Maintain the Health of the Buzzards Bay Watershed”

This three-part public series featuring environmentalists is intended to inform and create discussion among those who live within or near the Buzzards Bay Watershed

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition have partnered to present “Where the Land Meets the Sea: Working to Restore and Maintain the Health of the Buzzards Bay Watershed.” The three-part, public lecture series is intended to inform and create discussion among those who live within or near the Buzzards Bay Watershed.

The Wednesday evening lecture series featuring presentations by environmentalists kicks-off at the Whaling Museum on Wednesday, March 25. Each evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture and discussion.

The March 25 lecture is titled Restoring Rivers and Estuaries, Native Fish and Shellfish and will be moderated by Tom Gidwitz. The evening’s presenters include:

  • Sara N. da Silva Quintal, Restoration Ecologist, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Sara will discuss the Acushnet River Restoration Project, and how, through dam removal, riverbank restoration, invasive plant management and other practices, the River’s herring population has increased 27x, and a former lumber yard and abandoned industrial complex has been transformed into a 19-acre park that will open to the public this summer.

  • Jon Kachmar, Coastal Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts

Jon will tell us about TNC’s SouthCoast Shellfish Restoration Project which aims to restore 5,000 acres of native shellfish species, including oysters and scallops, and their habitats by the year 2050.

  • Steve Hurley, Southeast District Manager, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Steve will describe the Red Brook Trout Restoration Project, which hopes to restore one of the few remaining salter brook trout streams in Eastern Massachusetts. The project entails tagging research, small dam removals and wetland restoration in a headwaters cranberry bog.

 

The second lecture will take place on April 1 and is titled Restoring the Water Quality of Buzzards Bay. The evening’s presenters include:

  • Guy Campinha, Director of Water Pollution Control, Wareham Wastewater Treatment Facility

Guy will speak about innovative methods devoted to improving the treatment of wastewater, and projects that are addressing nitrogen reduction, including the construction of new facilities and requirements.

  • Eric Turkington, Chairman, Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee

Eric will discuss the problem of cesspools and septic leaching fields leaching excessive nitrogen into the estuaries, and describe a project designed to supplement or replace these with innovative/alternative nitrogen-reducing systems.

  • Joe Costa, Executive Director, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Joe will address the problem of storm water, excess nitrogen, and their effects on marine life as well as promising projects and programs underway to reduce and treat storm water.

  • Rachel Jakuba, Science Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Rachel will be reviewing the problem of fertilizer-related nutrients released from cranberry bogs, and how BBC and the cranberry industry are working together to determine how these nutrients, which can add to the Bay’s problem of excess nitrogen, might be reduced.

 

 The last lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 8, and is titled Restoring an Urban Harbor: New Bedford Harbor. The evening’s presenters include:

  • Ginny Lombardo, EPA, Team Leader, New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site

Ginny will address the extent of the PCB contamination in the Harbor and what the EPA is doing to remove contaminated sediments, including dredging, processing of dredged sediment for off-site disposal, construction of Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) cells for containment of contaminated sediment, and other cleanup plans.

  • Jeff Stieb, Port Director, New Bedford Harbor Development Commission

Jeff will speak about restoring the Harbor’s water quality, specifically the removal of oil introduced by “mystery spills” from ships and other sources, and promising solutions that are being tested by the New Bedford Oil Pollution Prevention Pilot Project.

  • Mark Rasmussen, President, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Mark will review the problem of sewage from a variety of sources that continue to impact the Harbor’s water quality, and the encouraging number of projects currently underway that offer better ways of treating and disposing of sewage and other contaminants entering the harbor.

 

Registration is free for Whaling Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition members and $10 per lecture for Nonmembers. All lectures take place at the Whaling Museum. To register, call 508-997-0046 ext. 100 or visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Poyant Moran
Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations 
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-717-6839
Cell: 508-965-9861
spoyantmoran@whalingmuseum.org
www.whalingmuseum.org/press-room

Or

Rob Hancock
Vice-President, Education and Public Engagement
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Office: 508- 999-6363 ext. 222
hancock@savebuzzardsbay.org
http://www.savebuzzardsbay.org/

 


About Buzzards Bay Coalition
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. The organization works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy and is supported by more than 8,000 members.

 

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum hours January through March: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Open on Holiday Mondays. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org