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December 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Advisory Board Forum on Regional Solutions to Community Water Challenges


December 5, 2022 at Boston College

Yawkey Athletic Center
Murray Function Room
Complimentary parking arrangements and details will be sent to registrants via direct email



Program Agenda

Registration with coffee and pastries from 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Program begins at 9:00
Welcoming  Remarks
Father William P. Leahy, SJ, President, Boston College


Opening Remarks
Governor Charlie Baker (invited)
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Beth Card


“Forever Chemicals” – the Challenge PFAS Poses for Communities
An overview of PFAS, the work of the PFAS Interagency Task Force, and the results of the Task Force’s final report
Representative Kate Hogan


“State of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority”
An overview of the MWRA’s declining water use over time and the current availability of water for new communities looking to join
MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey


Northern Community Water Challenges
Ipswich River Basin communities water challenges and possible solutions
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr
MWRA Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Rebecca Weidman


Southern Community Water Challenges
Challenges facing communities south of the MWRA system and possible solutions
Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund
MWRA Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Rebecca Weidman


MetroWest System Feasibility Study
Challenges facing MetroWest communities near the MWRA system and possible solutions
Town of Concord Director of Public Works Alan Cathcart
MWRA Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Rebecca Weidman


Funding Options
An overview of some programs available to help fund community infrastructure projects
Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Nate Keenan, Deputy Director, Mass Clean Water Trust
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) – Mary Fasano, WIFIA Program Underwriter


Closing Remarks
Attendees will be provided a boxed lunch following the workshop
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