Inundated: Greater Boston's Water Challenges

The course will consider six case studies involving water in metro Boston that illustrate the broad range of challenges and threats to drinking water, streams, groundwater, wetlands, and coastal waters. Each case study will present the issues/challenges and potential solutions, including both traditional engineering technologies and emerging alternative nature-based approaches. The presentations and discussions, focusing on such matters as Boston groundwater, the restoration of the Charles River, the Alewife stormwater wetland in Cambridge, Boston harbor, climate change and sea level rise, will include a blend of science, technology, and policy issues. Guest speakers will join us as available. Optional readings will focus on current issues in the news.

Course Recordings: (Click on the links below to watch the recordings.)

Session 1 - October 6

Session 2 - October 13

Session 3 - October 20

Session 4 - November 3 

Session 5 - November 10

Session 6 - November 17



Venue: online
Meets on: Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon
Starting: 10/6/2021
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 50
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: Optional
Group Leader Biography:

Scott Horsley, an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University’s Graduate Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, teaches graduate courses on water resources policy and low impact development. For over 30 years, he has been a consultant to federal, state, and local jurisdictions and to private industry throughout the world. Scott has received national and local awards for his work in wetlands and stormwater management. This is his second offering for Beacon Hill Seminars.