BBAC Stormwater Collaborative Program Manager, and Monitoring Program Coordinator Have Busy Summer

In January, the BBAC hired on a part time basis, Jeff Osuch, former Town Administrator of the Town of Fairhaven, as the project manager for the Stormwater Collaborative. In April, the BBAC hired Betsy White as its monitoring program coordinator. By July, four interns were hired and the buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative was launched. Despite the drought, BBAC staff were able to collect wet and dry weather samples and map stormwater features in the five participating communities. On September 16, 2016 at, Betsey gave a poster on the Collaborative's efforts at an EPA meeting to announce this year's SNEP grant awards. View the BBAC poster.

BBAC Stormwater Collaborative Staff, summer 2016

BBAC Earth Day 2016 event

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BBAC Receives $200,000 EPA Grant for Stormwater Collaborative

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the U.S. EPA announced at an event in Taunton, MA, that the Buzzards Bay Action Committee is receiving $200,000 to launch the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative. The initiative, which will involve participation from the public works departments in the Towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham, will map stormwater networks and monitor stormwater discharges contributing to shellfish bed closures and other nutrient and pathogen impairments. The work will involve collecting stormwater samples to evaluate pollution loadings and identify potential illicit discharges. The Buzzards Bay NEP, a partner for the initiative, will be updating developing GIS system to serve the participating communities. There will also be a crowdsourcing component to get the public to submit photographs of stormwater discharges using mobile devices. Go to stormwater.buzzardsbay.org for more about the initiative.

BBAC chairmen Mike O'Reilly accepting $200,000 award from the U.S. EPA.
BBAC chair Mike O'Reilly accepting, on behalf of the BBAC, the $200,000 U.S. EPA grant award at the Taunton press event. Presenting the ceremonial check was Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Massachusetts 4th District representative.

This effort builds upon past efforts by the BBAC, the Buzzards Bay NEP, and Buzzards Bay watershed towns, to combine resources in a cost-effective way to meet local goals to improve water quality and manage stormwater systems. The BBAC has announced that it is seeking a part-time project manager to guide the effort (see the sidebar for the job posting). Resumes are due by November 25, 2015.

The Buzzards Bay Action Committee or "BBAC" is a not-for-profit organization, composed of municipal officials, which is involved with state, local, and federal legislative and regulatory issues. The BBAC also helps guide state and federal agencies as to the needs of Buzzards Bay municipalities in better protecting the environment. The primary goal of the BBAC, like the other two Buzzards Bay focused organizations, is the implementation of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan that was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. EPA in 1991.

Overview of the BBAC

The Buzzards Bay Action Committee or "BBAC" is a not-for-profit organization, composed of municipal officials, which is involved with state, local, and federal legislative and regulatory issues. The BBAC also helps guide state and federal agencies as to the needs of Buzzards Bay municipalities in better protecting the environment. The primary goal of the BBAC, like the other two Buzzards Bay focused organizations, is the implementation of the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan that was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. EPA in 1991.

The BBAC is also a member of the six-member Buzzards Bay NEP Steering Committee along with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. EPA, the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District, and the citizen group, the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

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BBAC Meetings

The Buzzards Bay Action Committee now generally meets the fourth Thursday of the month, at either Fairhaven Town Hall or the Wareham Town Hall Cafeteria at 48 Marion Road (Rt. 6) Wareham, MA 02571-1014 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. The cafeteria is on the backside of the Wareham Town Hall building. If the meeting happens to be located at the Wareham Multi-Service Center, this is the building on the opposite side of the parking lot from the Wareham Town Hall (click for Google Directions to the Wareham Town Hall). Go to the Meetings page for the next meeting and more information.

BBAC meeting on MS4 permits in February 2015

At a February 2015 BBAC meeting, Newton Tedder, of the U.S. EPA, gave a presentation on EPA's proposed new MS4 permit for Massachusetts.