Clean Water Wednesday w/ Barnstable Clean Water Coalition at Cape Cod Beer!

Clean Water Wednesday w/ Barnstable Clean Water Coalition at Cape Cod Beer!

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Cape Cod Beer

1336 Phinneys Lane

Barnstable, MA 02601

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What's up with Cape Cod's Water? Join the experts for a beer & learn more!

About this event

Cape Cod Beer has teamed up with Barnstable Clean Water Coalition to create Clean Water Wednesday, an educational series that will be held at Cape Cod Beer. Join the experts as we deep dive into topics that are affecting not only our water on Cape Cod but globally as well! #CleanWaterMatters

This month's topic: Digging for Clean Water!

Nitrogen pollution from our septic systems is a major problem for Cape Cod’s waters. Please join us at the brewery on August 24th to learn about the Town of Barnstable’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP), the work being done at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC), and the different innovative and alternative (I/A) septic systems that are being used on Cape Cod. Working together, we can find solutions to reduce nitrogen in our local waters.

Our speakers include:

- Paul Ruszala, Senior Project Manager for the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works

- Emily Michele Olmsted, I/A Tracking Environmental Project Assistant for Barnstable County

- Maureen Thomas, Independent Water Resource Consultant and Project Manager for I/A septic system installations and currently working for KleanTu.

This event is FREE to attend. Please RSVP through Eventbrite!

Speaker Bios:

Paul Ruszala, P.E. is a Senior Project Manager for the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works. He is responsible for implementation of the Town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP), which includes the design, permitting and construction for 190 miles of new sewer, associated pump stations and wastewater treatment facility upgrades. Prior to accepting a position with the Town in 2021, Paul gained 15 years of experience working as a consulting engineer on management, planning, design and construction of water and wastewater projects.

Emily Michele Olmsted is a Grade 4 wastewater treatment plant operator and a Soil Evaluator, has been working with Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment for more than seven years. She received a Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At MASSTC, she managed Barnstable County’s I/A Septic System Tracking Program for five years and is currently serving as the Quality Assurance Manager for the ongoing project studying virus attenuation in varying soil depths of a leach field.

Maureen Thomas is a water resource consultant focusing on nitrogen-reducing septic systems to improve water quality. Currently Maureen consults part-time with KleanTu,LLC, fabricator of the NitROE enhanced I/A treatment system, where she manages I/A septic system installations on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. She also works part-time as Falmouth’s Community Preservation Coordinator. Maureen was a water resource specialist with the Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) for 3.5 years and a consultant with them for an additional year. With BBC, she worked on various wastewater projects including the West Falmouth Shoreline Septic Remediation Project and the Layered Soil Treatment Area Demonstration Project. Maureen received her master’s in Public Administration from UMass Boston and her bachelor’s in Geography & Biology from Bridgewater State University.

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