David Cash, Ph.D.
David Cash serves as the Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advises the Secretary of Energy and Environment on a wide array of issues including energy and clean energy sector development, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, climate change, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation, and waste management. The Assistant Secretary works across agencies (e.g., with transportation and economic development agencies) to develop and analyze policy options to further EEA's mission. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School in 2001.
Jon Beekman, M.P.A.
Jon Beekman is a Principal with the 2200 person privately owned engineering firm of SEA/Kleinfelder. He spent the first thirteen years of his career in senior management roles with the cities of Providence RI and Cambridge MA prior to joining the private sector in 1986. Jon was a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors with Whitman & Howard and later Corporate Vice President and National Director of the Water Division of Earth Tech. He came to SEA in 1999 as the Director of Municipal Services and currently serves as the Client Service Manager. Jon has an engineering degree from the State University of New York, a forest biology degree from the University of New Hampshire, and is a Harvard Fellow where he earned an MPA from the Kennedy School. Jon is the Past-President of the New England Section and a Life Member of AWWA and Massachusetts Past President and a Fellow of the New England Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies. He holds multi-state Grade 4 Drinking Water Certifications in both treatment and distribution.
Julia Blatt serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, a position she has held since 2009. The Alliance is a statewide group that works to protect and restore rivers across the Commonwealth while strengthening and connecting other groups that share a river protection mission. The Alliance currently has 35 organizational members and a growing membership of individuals, families, and businesses.
Julia has been protecting rivers since 1987. As an aide to then-Congressman Chester Atkins, she helped eight communities gain federal Wild and Scenic River status for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. She has worked as a planner for the state’s Riverways program (now DER) and served as the Executive Director of the Organization for the Assabet River (OAR). During her tenure at OAR, the group took on the challenge of reducing the river’s phosphorus pollution. Their efforts resulted in phosphorus limits for the river’s four municipal wastewater treatment facilities that set a precedent in New England.
Julia received an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental policy from Tufts. She and her family live in the Mystic River watershed.
Lee Breckenridge, J.D.
Professor Breckenridge is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University School of Law. She teaches courses in environmental law, natural resources law, and land use. In her research, she has a particular interest in aquatic ecosystems and in the development of property and regulatory systems to manage competing demands on water resources. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern in 1990, Professor Breckenridge was Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Earlier, she worked as an attorney for the State of Tennessee Office of the Attorney General, and for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Water Division, in Washington, D.C.
Alan H. Cathcart has worked within the public utilities arena for over 24 years, serving as the Superintendent for Concord (MA) Public Works, Water/Sewer Division since 1996. He holds a Masters Degree in Geology, from Boston University with a focus in hydrogeology.
In 1985, his interest in applied environmental science led him to Littleton (MA) Water Department where he helped establish a nationally recognized Drinking Water Resource Protection and Monitoring Program. During his tenure in Concord, he has been responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling all operations and activities of the Water and Sewer Division and related distribution, collection, storage and treatment systems in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
His understanding of water resource management issues has been framed by his involvement in the development and management of water supply protection strategies including early warning groundwater and surface water monitoring activities which became a model for federal and state Wellhead Protection regulations, a community based long range Comprehensive Wastewater Master Plan, and the creation of an award winning community-wide water conservation program. During this same period, he has acted as a project manager for numerous water and wastewater construction projects including; a new 2 MGD surface water ozone treatment facility, a new 1 MGD groundwater supply, the replacement of a 0.5 MGD groundwater facility, a new 2 MGD groundwater treatment facility; the rehabilitation/upgrade of a 1.2 MGD Wastewater Treatment Facility, and annual water distribution and sewer collection system extensions and replacement/rehabilitation projects.
He is an active member of New England Water Works Association (where he has served as vice-chair of the Groundwater Committee), Massachusetts Water Works Association (co-chair of the Legislative Committee), Massachusetts Municipal Association (Environmental Policy Committee) and Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resource Stewardship (Director). He has provided technical input and a municipal voice on a wide range of water and wastewater regulatory and policy forums including MAPC's Regional Water Supply Protection Committee, USGS/DEM's Assabet Ground-Water Model TAC, EPA's Sustainable Water Use Committee, a MA DEP's Safe Drinking Water Advisory Committee, Groundwater Technical Advisory Committee, and Capacity Development Ad Hoc Task Force.
Jack Clarke is Director of Public Policy & Government Relations for Mass Audubon. Mass Audubon is the oldest and largest non-profit state conservation organization in the Northeast United States. He recently received the President's Award for his work there. Mr. Clarke earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees with honors from Boston College in American History and American Studies. He worked for the US National Park Service at Cape Cod for ten years and received their outstanding achievement award. He later worked as a liaison between the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office and what is now the Cape Cod Commission where he established and managed Barnstable County's first Historic Preservation Program. Following that, he served thirteen years with the Governor's Environmental Affairs Office, the last five of which he served as Assistant Director for Coastal Zone Management. In that capacity, he helped draft legislation to establish the Cape Cod Commission, oversaw the state's National Estuary Programs, supervised the Massachusetts Harbor Management Program, held a gubernatorial appointment to the Martha's Vineyard Commission, and was an advisor to the first Bush Administration on off-shore oil and gas drilling. He also negotiated the state and nation's first comprehensive Guidelines for Barrier Beach Management. He also helped draft and pass the Massachusetts' Rivers Protection Act, Community Preservation Act, and a first-in-the-nation comprehensive ocean management law. He has also worked internationally on a variety of environmental and ocean policy matters.
Mr. Clarke has lectured at Harvard and Princeton Universities; MIT; Boston College; Brandeis, Boston and Suffolk Universities, the US Federal Training Center, and many other institutions. Print, television and radio media including: The New York Times, USA Today, Time magazine, BBC Television, PBS' News Hour, NPR, MSNBC, and CBS/4 have interviewed him. He continues to write letters and op-eds which have been carried by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and other state, regional and local media.
For his work on behalf of the environment, Mr. Clarke has received commendations from: the US Department of the Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency; the American Planning Association; Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions; Association to Preserve Cape Cod; Clean Power Now; Massachusetts Environmental Police; City of Boston; the Massachusetts State Senate, and House of Representatives.
With an office on Boston's Beacon Hill, Mr. Clarke continues to hold a variety of appointments to state commissions and task forces. Most recently, the Massachusetts Governor appointed him as the environmental representative to the 17-member Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission; and he is a founding board member and officer of the US Offshore Wind Collaborative.
He lives in the City of Gloucester with his wife Fara and his daughter Courtney. Mr. Clarke also holds a variety of elected and appointed positions in the government, educational, cultural, and religious affairs of the city. In his spare time he is a surfer, photographer, musician, and a member of Red Sox Nation.
Michael F. Domenica, P.E.
Mr. Domenica has been involved in a broad range of water resource and environmental engineering activities throughout the United States and internationally. His accomplishments include over 40 years of consulting and engineering on water resources projects involving flood control and stormwater management, hydropower development and decommissioning, watershed management, combined sewer overflow control and related environmental studies. In the public sector, while with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), he managed its Capital Facilities Development Department, responsible for planning and management of the MWRA's sewer system serving the 43 communities of eastern Massachusetts, as well as the CSO planning involved with the restoration of Boston Harbor and its tributaries.
While practicing as an independent consultant for 10 years, he served as technical advisor and owner's representative for the Government for the Financing of Infrastructure (AFI) in Puerto Rico and on peer review and technical advisory boards for numerous agencies, including the New York City DEP, Portland, OR, Auckland, NZ and for the Pennsylvania DEP. On behalf of MassDevelopment he managed engineering, permitting and financing of water-related projects for the redevelopment of Ft. Devens.
He has worked with numerous state and federal agencies, including MADEP, RIDEM, PADEP and the EPA Offices of Water and Enforcement on application of the Clean Water Act policies and regulations in a range of settings including wet weather pollution control, water quality standards, wetlands regulation and watershed management. In 1995 he received the Hammer Award form Vice-President Al Gore for his involvement in development of EPA's National CSO Policy and its guidance documents. He is a member of the New England Water Environment Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Water Association and is a Register Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi is the Director of Planning of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. As a planner and an engineer, he has an interest in complex multi-disciplinary projects. In his 22 years at the MWRA, he has led or participated in all drinking water quality and master planning initiatives. He is active with the Water Research Foundation, is a QualServe peer review team leader, and has actively participated in water quality regulatory development activities regionally and nationally.
As part of his responsibilities he oversaw and evaluated the MWRA's successful demand management programs, reducing water demand by about one-third; initiated its GIS system; and coordinated protection planning studies MWRA's watersheds, as well as for about 40 other smaller supply systems in the metropolitan area. He lead the effort to develop the briefing materials used by MWRA's Board of Directors to make the treatment technology decision for the metropolitan Boston water system favoring protection over filtration and then participated in the successful defense of that decision in federal court; is responsible for producing and distributing the MWRA's annual water quality report to over 800,000 households; and is using the opportunity of both processes to reinforce the bridges built over the past decade to the public health community.
He has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. He lives in Boston where the streets don't follow old cowpaths, although they seem to, loves maps, and has two kids who also love maps. And he proudly drinks tap water, especially in Boston.
Wendi Goldsmith is the founder and chief executive officer of Bioengineering Group, a Salem, MA-based consulting firm whose mission statement is "Building Sustainable Communities on an Ecological Foundation." She has often led interdisciplinary collaborative design teams to adopt ecologically rich strategies. Her roles span planning of large scale multi-state watershed management and restoration projects, to design of stabilization and ecological enhancement treatments for riparian sites compromised by solid and hazardous waste, to providing expert testimony on cases connected to damaged ecosystems. Evaluating change in land use and its effect on geomorphic stability, nonpoint source pollution, and habitat degradation has been an integral part of Ms. Goldsmith's waterways assessments, stormwater management, and restoration projects.
Nancy Goodman is the Vice President for Policy for the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), where she has worked since 1998. She has primary responsibility for developing, prioritizing and advancing ELM's environmental policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including land use and smart growth, land protection, energy and climate change, water resources, and funding for environmental programs. Much of ELM's policy work is accomplished through Nancy's participation in a number of coalitions, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (which she chairs), the Massachusetts Climate Coalition, and the Forests and Parks Partnership. Nancy also is responsible for ELM's Green Budget, which advocates for sufficient funding for our environmental agencies.
Philip D. Guerin
Phil Guerin is a lifelong resident of central Massachusetts, raised in the Town of Auburn and currently residing in Oxford. He is a 1982 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and is a Registered Sanitarian in Massachusetts.
Mr. Guerin has been employed by the City of Worcester for the past 25 years. Currently, he is the Director of Environmental Systems for the Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks and also he serves on the Designer Selection Board for the City of Worcester and represents the City on the Boards of Directors of the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District and the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship.
He is a Past-President of the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA), currently Co-Chair of MWWA's Legislative Advisory Committee, and formerly Co-Chair of the New England Water Works Association's Youth Education Committee. He is a former Chair of the Auburn Conservation Commission and Auburn Local Emergency Planning Committee. He has also served on the Technical Advisory Committee for EOEA's Water Assets Project, represented MWWA and water suppliers on the MA Water Policy Task Force and on the MA Water Conservation Standards Working Group
Michael J. Hanlon, 3rd
Michael Hanlon has been with Weston and Sampson Engineering since 1987, and is now Chairman of their Board of Directors. He began with the firm as an Associate and rose through the ranks, serving as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and as President and CEO from 1999 through 2004.
Mr. Hanlon received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in June of 1967.
His professional career has lead him to opportunities in both Massachusetts and Florida, including work with Parsons, Brinkerhoff, Quade and Douglas, Inc., Metcalf and Eddy, the Lexington Department of Public Works, the Orlando Department of Public Works, as well as Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in both Massachusetts and Florida.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hanlon has been active with a number of professional organizations including The Engineering Center in Boston, Inc. where he served as Director and Treasurer. He has been a Trustee for The Engineering Center Education Trust and was elected President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts for the 2006 - 2007 term. He has also been active with the Environmental Business Council where he served as a Director from 2004 to 2008 and Chair of the Water Resources Committee from 2004 to 2006. He is Past President of the Solid Waste Association of North America, Massachusetts Chapter and has also been a member of Water Environment Federation, the New England Water Environment Association, the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.
He has been active in his community as well, serving on the Plymouth Advisory and Finance Committee, and the Plymouth Roads Advisory Committee. His dedication to the environment is underscored by his active participation in a number of organizations including The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, where he has serves as both Director and Treasurer, the Pinehills Land Owners Association Advisory Committee, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the National Audubon Society and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Scott W. Horsley, LEED AP
President of the Horsley Witten Group, Mr. Horsley has twenty-five years of professional experience in the field of water resources and wetlands management. He has worked as a consultant to federal, state, and local jurisdictions, and private industry throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and China. Mr. Horsley has served as an expert witness in the areas of hydrology, wetlands science, water quality, and stormwater. Mr. Horsley serves as an instructor for a nationwide series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workshops on water resources management. He has authored numerous publications on water resources mapping and protection, and served on numerous advisory boards to the EPA, the National Academy of Public Administration, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, National Water Well Association, National Groundwater Association, and Massachusetts Audubon Society. Most recently, Mr. Horsley was appointed to the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee, Coast Zone, and Oceans Subcommittee. Mr. Horsley has received national (US EPA) and local awards (Mashpee Conservation Commission) for his work in the wetlands and stormwater management fields. Mr. Horsley is a recipient of the 1999 Environmental Technology Innovator Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for designing constructed wetlands for stormwater and wastewater treatment. He has taught numerous seminars in water resource protection, and is an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University where he teaches courses in Water Resources Policy and Wetlands Management.
Raymond A. Jack
Raymond A. Jack serves as Director of Public Works for Falmouth, MA. He is a Certified Public Works Manager through Rutgers University, Government Division with over 30 years experience in public works administration and holds water system licenses in Massachusetts as well as water and wastewater licenses in New Jersey. Mr. Jack is an adjunct professor at Cape Cod Community College where he teaches water science courses as part of their Environmental Science degree program and is past-president of the Massachusetts Water Works Association. His focus is on development of holistic, integrated, cost-effective solutions for future environmental and cultural sustainability.
Jeff LaFleur is the Executive Director Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association (CCCGA) a position he has held since 1996. LaFleur oversees CCCGA's legislative, environmental, research and public relations programs. The 325-member organization is one of the oldest farmer's organizations in the country. Established in 1888 to standardize the measure with which cranberries are sold (the 100 lb. barrel), it has become one of the leading agricultural organizations in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is a leading producer of cranberries producing nearly 30% of the nations cranberry crop and is Massachusetts' number food crop.
LaFleur first joined the CCCGA as Communications Director in 1992. Prior to joining the CCCGA he served as State Program Director for the Massachusetts FFA Association He has a degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts.
He currently serves on the NRCS State Technical Committee in Massachusetts and was instrumental in developing the cranberry conservation farm-planning program in Massachusetts. LaFleur has also been active as board member in many state and local organizations such the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership and currently serves as a cooperator for Eastern Bank Corp.
Jeff and his wife Kim own a 112 acre farm in Plympton, Massachusetts where they raise miniature horses and grow both cranberries and blueberries.
Jennifer Pederson is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA). MWWA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of the drinking water profession. Jennifer oversees MWWA's drinking water operator education programs, volunteer committees, public relations and is responsible for coordinating the association's legislative and regulatory affairs. Prior to being hired by MWWA, Jennifer worked at a municipal light and water department doing public outreach regarding conservation. She is a member of American Water Works Association, New England Water Works Association, Plymouth County Water Works Association, Barnstable County Water Utilities Association and Western Mass Water Works Association. She also serves as a public member of the Water Management Act Advisory Committee and participates on New England Water Works Association's Sustainability Committee. Jennifer received a Master's Degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy/Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Tom Philbin is a Senior Legislative Analyst at the Massachusetts Municipal Association. He staffs the Policy Committee on Energy and Environment and is responsible for tracking and monitoring all energy and environment legislation in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining MMA, he served as Director of the Conservation and Recreation Campaign and pushed for increases in the capital and operating budgets at the Department of Conservation and Recreation. He was also Chief of Staff to Mayor Stanley J. Usovicz in the City of Salem, Director of Media Relations for the Department of Neighborhood Development in the City of Boston and Spokesman for Congressman Edward J. Markey. Tom is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Martin Pillsbury serves as the manager of Regional Planning Services at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. With MAPC since 1983, Martin manages the agency's water resources and environmental planning programs, including watershed management, stormwater and Low Impact Development, Natural Hazard Mitigation planning, the Massachusetts Bays program, coastal and Boston Harbor issues, MWRA water supply and wastewater issues, and environmental reviews under MEPA and NEPA.
Outside of his duties at MAPC, Mr Pillsbury is a founding board member of the Massachusetts Bays Estuary Association, and has taught a college level course on water resources management for the Marine Studies Consortium since 1992.
Prior to working for MAPC, Mr. Pillsbury worked for Wallace, Floyd Associates on the MDC Long Range Water Supply Plan-2020, (1982-83), and held the position of Water Resources Planner for the New England River Basins Commission (1979-81). He began his career in environmental planning at the New Jersey office of Coastal Zone Management from 1976-77, assisting with development of the state's coastal resources management plan.
Mr. Pillsbury completed graduate studies in environmental planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master of Regional Planning degree (1979); he holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Rutgers University (1976).
Peter Shelley, J.D.
Peter Shelley is Vice President and Senior Advocate with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the nation's oldest regional legal environmental advocacy organization. He is currently Director of CLF's Massachusetts Advocacy Center. His areas of concentration include marine protected areas, fisheries management reform, water resources protection and conservation, estuary habitat protection and restoration, smart growth, and public trust doctrine.
A graduate of Hobart College and Suffolk University Law School, he has served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, and Senior Attorney at CLF.
His casework has been instrumental on clean air, fisheries management, and coastal protection issues. He was involved landmark cases leading to the reduction pollution to Boston Harbor (CLF v. Metropolitan District Commission - Boston Harbor 1983) and to protect groundwater sources on Cape Cod (CLF v. Air Force - Otis Air Force Base/Camp Edwards cleanup 1987).
In 1996 he was recognized as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. He is the 2003 recipient of the David B. Stone Award from the New England Aquarium.
Sarah Slaughter, S.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Slaughter, Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management, coordinates the Sloan Sustainability Initiative, co-teaches "Strategies for Sustainable Business" and manages the Sustainable Business Laboratory (S-Lab). Her current research focuses on the development, assessment, implementation and diffusion of innovations for sustainable and disaster-resilient infrastructure and the built environment. She is currently supervising several research projects focusing on sustainability strategies related to capital facility assets. Several projects focus specifically on developing effective strategies, appropriate organizational structures, and business case analysis for commercial real estate, manufacturing, nonprofit, and high technology organizations. Dr. Slaughter is on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment in the National Research Council, National Academies of Science, and was Vice Chair of the NRC Committee on Sustainable Infrastructure.
Before returning to MIT to join the Sloan School, she was CEO of MOCA Systems, Inc., a company she founded based on research she conducted as a professor at MIT. She was a professor in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Construction Management, with research interests in innovations in infrastructure and the built environment, and was previously a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University, and worked with the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS). She received her B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT.
Mark P. Smith
Mark P. Smith is the Director of the Eastern U.S. Freshwater Program for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Mark spent six years as the Director of Water Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) and six years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Boston as the project manager for the Casco Bay Estuary Project, part of EPA's National Estuary Program. He has a masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Margaret Van Deusen, J.D.
Margaret Van Deusen is the Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Charles River Watershed Association, (CRWA), the environmental non-profit based in Weston, MA. CRWA's mission is to protect and enhance the health and public accessibility of the Charles River and its watershed lands using science, advocacy and the law. She directs CRWA's advocacy work and works on water resource law and policy issues. She has extensive experience with the federal Clean Water Act, the MA Water Management Act, streamflow and habitat issues, MEPA, Article 97, and land use issues.
Prior to coming to CRWA in 2001, Ms. Van Deusen was a partner at Rubin and Rudman, LLP in Boston, specializing in environmental and public construction law. Prior to that she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 1990-98, enforcing the state's environmental laws and she was responsible for the AG's Clean State Initiative, a novel program to identify and remedy thousands of state agency and authority violations of environmental laws. She was also a public defender in Boston, defending clients at trial and on appeal. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Thomas K. Walsh
As Engineer - Director / Treasurer of Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District serving metropolitan Worcester, Massachusetts for the past 13 years, Tom Walsh has been responsible for overall operation of the District, including the multimillion-dollar, multiphase capital improvement project currently underway at the District. Prior to starting at the District in 1996 he was a consultant for Metcalf & Eddy (M&E) for 27 years specializing in water, and wastewater treatment. Among the positions he held at M&E were Water Department Director; and the Technology leader for Biosolids Management. Included among his publications and presentations are assistance in completion of the M&E textbook on wastewater management and on various Water Environment Federation manuals of practice. Mr. Walsh holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in environmental science from Tufts University; is a Grade 7 wastewater treatment plant operator.
Peter Weiskel, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Weiskel has been a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1992. He presently serves as Associate Director of the USGS Massachusetts-Rhode Island Water Science Center, where he oversees the scientific program. Trained in geology and hydrology, Peter holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He also has a Master's degree in Education from Boston College. Since joining the USGS, his research has focused on coastal wetlands and their hydrology, the history, water-quality and runoff behavior of urban watersheds, and-most recently-on the development of indicators to characterize water availability, water use, and human disturbance in watersheds at all scales. Since 2004, he has served on several advisory committees of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, including the Water Policy Task Force, the Science Advisory Board, and the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee.