Upcoming and Past BBAC Meetings & Events

The next BBAC meeting is on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Fairhaven in the upstairs meeting room..

February 23, 2017. BBAC business and stormwater meeting.

January 26, 2017. BBAC business and stormwater meeting.

December 1, 2016. BBAC annual meeting.

October 26, 2016. PeopleGIS presentation of some of the tools available for municipalities.

September 22, 2016. General BBAC business and Stormwater Collaborative issues.

July 28, 2016. General BBAC business and Stormwater Collaborative issues.

May 28, 2016. General BBAC business and Stormwater Collaborative issues.

April 28, 2016. General BBAC business and Stormwater Collaborative issues.

February 25, 2016 Meeting: The Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative - How will it work?
This meeting was jointly sponsored by the Buzzards Bay Action Committee (BBAC) and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP, MCZM), and was a kickoff meeting to explain the technical details of the collaborative effort to map stormwater networks and monitor stormwater discharges in the Buzzards Bay watershed. Deatails about the meeting are contained in this meeting flyer. Links to presentations:
The Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative: How will it work? Dr. Joe Costa, Buzzards Bay NEP Executive Director. Stormwater Monitoring and GIS for Permit Requirements and Infrastructure Management Kevin Bartsch and Bernadette Taber, Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program

Jeff Osuch addressing meeting participants at the first session of the stormwater collaborative.
Jeff Osuch addressing meeting participants at the first session of the stormwater collaborative.

January 28, 2016: Patricia Bowie and Dave Janik, MCZM: Coastal Resiliency Grant recipients' success stories and upcoming grant funding. View Bowie's PowerPoint presentation

Patricia Bowie talks about MA CZM Coastal Resiliency Grant Program.

Patricia Bowie talks about MA CZM Coastal Resiliency Grant Program.

December 3, 2015: The Committee again addressed Healthy Communities grant and organizational issues.

October 22, 2015: The main topic to be covered was the Healthy Communities grant update and organizational issues.

September 24, 2015: Mark Rasmussen of the Buzzards Bay Coalition summarized ongoing and upcoming activities and projects of the Coalition.

April 9, 2015: Round table discussion with BBAC communities and potential non-profit partners to exchange ideas about applying for regional and/or multi town grants which may help towns meet MS4 requirements.

March 26, 2015: BBAC members discussed opportunities for collaboration on meeting EPA's proposed new MS4 permit.

February 26, 2015: EPA staffer, Newton Hedder, gave a presentation on EPA's proposed new MS4 permit requirements for Southeastern Massachusetts communities. Watch the video of Newton's presentation.

January 22, 2015: BBAC members met to discuss goals and objectives for 2015 for the organization.

December 11, 2014: DEP Circuit Rider Christine Odiaga will be providing an overview of the new regulations under WPA, and brief descriptions of regulatory changes to Water Quality and Chapter 91.

October 23, 2014: Greg Sawyer of Department of Marine Fisheries will be in to discuss shellfishing in Buzzards Bay; past and present. View Greg's PowerPoint presentation.

September 18, 2014: Joe Costa, Executive Director Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program. NEP updates, Buzzards Bay water quality, and Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program funding.

May 22, 2014: Elizabeth Gladfelter, Chairman, Falmouth Conservation Commission. Creation and implementation of the Black Beach/Great Sippewissett Marsh District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) and the implementation and success of current DCPC regulations.
video of BBAC May 22, 2014 Meeting, Elizabeth Gladfelter presentation
Watch the video.

April 24, 2014: Sumner Martinson, MassDEP, Commercial composting and the new organics waste ban.
View Sumner's PowerPoint presentation

March 27, 2014: Joe Costa, Executive Director of the Buzzards Bay NEP, Funding opportunities through the Southern New England Watershed Restoration Partnership and other project activities.

February 27, 2014: Sara Quintal, Buzzards Bay Coalition, The Sawmill Restoration Project here in Acushnet
View Sara's PowerPoint presentation

January 23, 2014: Patrick O'Neill, Tata and Howard, Water withdrawal permits and proposed new DEP regulations

November 21, 2013: Jennifer Marshall Grantham from the SouthCoast Energy Challenge
View Jennifer's PowerPoint presentation)

October 24, 2013: Richard Zingarelli - State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program, MA Division of Conservation and Recreation, Overview on the Biggert-Waters legislation relative to the National Flood Insurance Program.
video of BBAC October 24, 2013 Meeting, Richard Zingarelli Presentation
Watch the video.

Watch the video.

September 26, 2013: Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist from Woods Hole Sea Grant / Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Discussed his publication Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards.
video of BBAC 26 Meeting, Greg Berman Presentation
Watch the video.

May 23, 2013: BBAC Strategic Planning Session - Setting Priorities for the Future. Past and Present Delegates discuss BBAC history and goals for the future.

April 25, 2013: Jim Ricci, City of New Bedford's Superintendent of Water, Review of energy efficiency and renewable projects at the City's Water Treatment Plant.

March 28, 2013: Presentation on sea-level rise and potential impacts to public infrastructure given by John Rockwell/BBNEP (Rockwell's presentation)

February 28, 2013: A Recap of the Blizzard of 2013 - Things we did that were successes and what we would do differently.

January 24, 2013: Jessica Whritenour, of Falmouth's 300 Committee Land Trust will be in to discuss how local land trusts can help municipalities acquire public land.

November 28, 2012 David Gould with the Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs for the Town of Plymouth discussed restoration work that has been conducted within the Eel River watershed.

October 24, 2012: David R. Vallee, Hydrologist-in-Charge, NOAA/NWS/Northeast River Forecast Center, Taunton. "Examining Hurricane Irene's Hydro-meteorological Impacts on the Northeast United States; A Classic New England Tropical Storm in many aspects but a far cry from reality for upper Buzzards Bay"

David R. Vallee, Hurricanologist and Hydrologist-in-Charge at the NWS Forecast Center, in Taunton

Summary: Tropical cyclones are rather infrequent visitors to the Northeast United States, averaging about one landfall every decade. However, history has shown that in spite of their typical acceleration northward, a land falling tropical cyclone in the region can produce devastating inland flooding. Irene was indeed a classic New England breed of tropical cyclone, leaving in her wake, eight to fifteen inches of rain and tremendous widespread flooding throughout eastern New York, Vermont, northern New Hampshire and the western portions of Connecticut and Massachusetts. This presentation will examine the classic nature of Irene's approach, but more importantly compare her impacts to reality of what a major Category 3 Hurricane has done historically and will do in the future to the communities of upper Buzzards Bay.



June 2012: Lealdon Langley, Director of MassDEP's Wetland and Waterways Program will discuss revisions to state wetland regulations

May 2012: Joe Costa, BBNEP/MCZM, Update on the draft CCMP/ Briefing on effort to remap historical trends of eelgrass in Buzzards Bay

April 2012: Patrick O'Neale, Tata & Howard, Water Management Permitting: Looking Forward (O'Neale's presentation)

March 2012: Dan Sampson, MCZM, Updated MORIS website mapping tool

BBAC meeting in March 2012

At a March 2012 BBAC meeting, Dan Sampson of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the state's updated MORIS website mapping tool.

February 2012: Final destination of solid waste in SE Mass


January 2012: Andrea Langhauser, DEP, Massachusetts regulatory reform and streamlining efforts

December 2011: Greg Berman, WHOI Coastal Processes Specialist, Transport, coastal erosion/shoreline stabilization, sea level rise, and storm surge issues in Buzzards Bay. (Berman's presentation)

November 2011: Scott Durkee, Director of Energy for the City of New Bedford, Energy reduction goals and projects in the City of New Bedford including the Solar Renewable Energy Initiative for the Sullivan's Ledge Superfund Site

October 2011: Meg Colclough and Seth Pickering of the Green Communities Division of the Department of Energy Resources (DER), gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Green Communities initiative to Help Massachusetts Municipalities Create a Cleaner Energy Future.

Download their Green Communities Presentation

Special Meeting, September 29, 2011: The BBAC hosted a special night-time workshop for area Conservation Commission board members and staff given by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission on Erosion and Sedimentation Control at the New Bedford City Hall.

September 2011: Scott MacLeod from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) spoke on the FY 2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program as well as hazard mitigation planning.

June 16, 2011: Don Cooper and Pete Hanrahan, consultants from E.J. Prescott, Inc. who specialize in erosion control and stormwater issues, gave a presentation regarding various types of erosion control materials and techniques to assist in holding on to sediment onsite. Topics included turf reinforcement mats, nets/erosion control blankets, silt fence installation, ditching to slow down surface water flow, silt sacks, vegetated gabions, and other methods.

March 2011: Brendan Annett, from the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, spoke about the group's efforts to protect Buzzards Bay watershed lands.

February 17, 2011 Special Workshop: At the New Bedford Fort Rodman Community Center on 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard New Bedford, MA, the BBAC hosted a StormSmart Coasts Pilot Projects and South Coastal Partnership Opportunities Workshop. .

February 2011: Guest speaker John Weber, Ocean Services Manager for MA CZM, spoke about the about Ocean Management Plan and what it means for the future of Buzzards Bay.

January 2011: The guest speaker was Julio Olimpio, from ESRI, discussed how ESRI can assist the municipalities in implementing GIS, training staff and developing and using applications to facilitate our governmental activities.

November 2010: The guest speaker was David C. Cole, the current Chair of the Westport Estuaries Committee, which is charged with implementing the Mass. Estuaries Project in the Westport River Watershed. David spoke to the BBAC to gauge interest in forming a group to focus on the problems of financing the massive costs of wastewater treatment infrastructure and to address the problems of deteriorating water quality in this region.

October 2010: The guest speaker was Eric Walberg, Manomet's Senior Program Leader for Climate Change, who spoke on Manomet's Climate Change Initiative.

September 2010: The guest speaker was Steve Smith of SRPEDD who spoke about the formation of Sustainability Council for the Southeast Massachusetts SRPEDD region as part of a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development grant application submitted to HUD.

May 2010: The guest speaker was John Weber, Ocean Services Manager for CZM, who spoke about the final approved Ocean Management Plan and what it means for the future of Buzzards Bay.

April 2010: The guest speaker was Dorrie Pizzella of MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, who gave a power point presentation outlining state environmental grant opportunities. Grants include LAND (Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity), PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities), as well as several other funding sources.

March 2010: Guest Speaker was Robin Lacey, of MA Coastal Zone Management, who discussed his work with marinas and boatyards, including the regulatory challenges that these businesses face from pressure washing considerations to stormwater management.

January 2010: Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, of the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, gave a presentation titled "Stormwater Utilities on Cape Cod: First Steps". She discussed APCC's recent stormwater utility outreach workshops on Cape Cod, and the responses from workshop participants.

December 2009: At this meeting, BBAC members discussed potential changes in future goals, bylaws and objectives of the BBAC. They also discussed planned meeting topics for the coming year.

November 2009: Peter Shelley, Massachusetts Advocacy Center Director of the Conservation Law Foundation discussed recent work by CLF on a range of water withdrawal sustainability issues around the Commonwealth. CLF has prepared and filed a "Notice of Intent to Sue" MassDEP for what they asserted was a failure to protect aquatic ecosystems across the Commonwealth. CLF will also be an active participant in the new "Sustainable Water Initiative" announced by Secretary Bowles, which is designed to look at the cumulative effects of wastewater, storm water, and water withdrawal regulation on ecosystem health, especially stream flow and stream flow quality. Mr. Shelley discussed several other topics including implications of expansion of water withdrawals on the Mattapoisett River, and compliance with nitrogen TMDLs on Cape Cod.

BBAC meeting with State Representative Bill Straus in 2009

In 2009, Buzzards Bay Action Committee delegates met with State Representative William Straus regarding stimulus money for town projects and other issues.