In Hot Water: A Survey of Metro Boston’s Water Challenges

The course will consider six case studies involving water in metropolitan 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. Class presentations and discussions will focus on such matters as Boston groundwater, emerging contaminants, the EPA’s new stormwater program, depleted water flows at the Ipswich River, and the threat posed to water by Chapter 40B affordable housing projects. Each presentation will include a blend of science, technology, and policy issues, with guest speakers joining us as available. Optional readings will focus on current issues in the news.

Venue: The Engineering Center
Meets on: Wednesdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting: 10/12/2022
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 0 - 1 hour
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 third course offering for Beacon Hill Seminars.