The Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship


Testing the Waters: New Ideas for Policy, Regulation, & Science

The 7th Annual Water Resources Strategies Symposium on May 11, 2016 attracted over 115 participants, our largest conference yet! Attendees and speakers from several New England states, Chicago, and Washington D.C. gathered at the Marriott Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Marlborough, MA.

Lt. Gov Polito

The Coalition was honored to have leading public officials in attendance and involved in the program, including a keynote address from Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, remarks from City of Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant, and presentations by representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), including Deputy Commissioner Beth Card, Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Doug Fine, Director of Watershed Management Becky Weidman, and Wastewater Management Section Chief Kevin Brander.

The speakers covered many of the industry’s most relevant and timely issues, including the Governor’s recently filed legislation to allow MassDEP to assume authority for the state’s NPDES permit program; the impacts of the recently issued Final MS4 General Permit; the importance of reporting methodologies for NPDES permits; infiltration/inflow from regulatory, technical, and municipal perspectives; a national outlook on clean water developments; and other updates on the regional regulatory and legal fronts.



The Significance of Reporting Methodologies in Stringent Phosphorus NPDES Permits presentation by Elena Proakis Ellis, City of Melrose

Legal and Regulatory Update: What’s New in Region 1 presentation by Bob Cox, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

I/I Requirements for Sewer Authorities presentation by Kevin Brander, MassDEP

A Discussion of Traditional and Alternative I/I Approaches presentation by David Elmer, Weston & Sampson

MS 4-Thought presentation by Virginia Roach, CDM Smith

MassDEP Water Program Update presentation by Beth Card, Doug Fine, and Becky Weidman, MassDEP

Update on National Clean Water Developments and Impacts for New England presentation by Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP