August 2017

What A Day!

Thank You for Joining Us

Over 160 community representatives and stakeholders spent the day on Boston Harbor hearing presentations about economic development, climate change preparedness, and water quality, among other topics. The weather couldn’t have been more spectacular.

The Advisory Board would like to publicly thank Fred Laskey and the entire MWRA staff for all of their efforts in helping to make the field trip run smoothly. We also wish to thank our wonderful speakers:
- Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston, for his presentation on climate change preparedness in East Boston and Charlestown;
- Jill Valdes Horwood and Alice Brown of Boston Harbor Now, for their perspectives on economic development along the Seaport District;
- Dave Duest, Director of Deer Island Treatment Plant, for his shipside tour of Deer Island;
- Betsy Reilley, Director of Environmental Quality, for her overview of water quality.

Lastly, we cannot thank Boston Harbor Cruises enough for their generous support and attention to detail. A special shoutout goes to the Seastreak Manhattan captain and crew for their professionalism. They could not have been more accommodating.

Planning is already underway for next year's field trip. We can't wait to see you there.


Still Time to Join

the Executive Committee

September 14 Deadline Approaching

Good news - if you would like to be considered for the FY18 Advisory Board Executive Committee, you still have time. The Nomination Committee will meet on September 15, and their nominations will be voted on at the full Advisory Board meeting in Lexington on September 21.

Members have until September 14 to request to join the Executive Committee. If you are interested, please email Joe Favaloro at


DEP Public Meeting

Regarding the Massachusetts Water

Management Act

On September 12, DEP will hold a public meeting to discuss and solicit comment on a petition titled “For the promulgation of Revised and Amended Regulations that impose Conservation Conditions on all Registrants to satisfy the purposes of the Massachusetts Water Management Act, the Water Conservation Standards (June 2012, as amended), and the Public Trust Doctrine.”

This petition was submitted to DEP by the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and aims to increase conservation measures in water withdrawals as regulated by DEP. Both the petition and information about the meeting are available here.

The meeting will be held at 1:00 PM at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms B, C, and D, Boston, MA 02114. Advisory Board staff will be in attendance.


Upcoming Events

For the Month of September

September 4 | Happy Labor Day!
September 12 | 1:00 PM, DEP Public Meeting in Boston
September 15 | 8:30 AM, Executive Committee Meeting at AB offices
September 20 | 10:00 AM, MWRA Board of Directors Meeting in Charlestown
September 21 | 11:30 AM, Advisory Board Meeting (Joint Meeting with WSCAC and WAC) in Lexington
September 28 | 10:00 AM, Water Supply Protection Trust Meeting in Southborough


Board Briefs

From the Month of August

There was no BOD meeting in August. The next meeting will be held on September 20, 2017, at 10:00 AM.


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