Annual Meeting held August 1, 2013

Brewster DNR Director Chris Miller

Brewster DNR Director
Chris Miller

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Brewster Conservation Trust was held on August 1st at the Brewster Ladies Library.  BCT President Peter Johnson briefed the audience on recent BCT accomplishments and members voted to approve nominees for the Board.  Mr. Johnson recognized the fact that sitting Trustees Roger V. O’Day and Peter W. Soule were among the founders of the BCT in 1983 and are still serving on the board.

BCT honored our Brewster Conservationists of the Year, the Town Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.  Led by Director Chris Miller, assisted by Jim Gallagher, Ryan Burch and Carol Spade, the Brewster DNR & Conservation Dept. have been responsible for award-winning improvements to our wetlands, beaches, waterways and conservation areas, including national awards.  Jim Gallagher was on hand to accept the award for the honorees.

Mark Nelson, Principal of the Horsley-Witten Group, provided an update on water planning issues on behalf of the Water Planning Committee.  He identified ponds that are impaired, the need to manage stormwater, and the variety of alternative techniques that can be tried to reduce nutrient loads to Brewster’s waters.

For more on Brewster’s water planning, see


Mark Nelson, P.G., L.S.P, Principal and Senior Hydrologist

Mark Nelson is a Senior Hydrologist and Principal with HW, responsible for the firm’s Water Resource, Wastewater Planning, and Site Assessment and Remediation projects.  Mark has 25 years of experience in groundwater modeling, surface water modeling, hydrogeologic investigations, and fate and transport analysis of contaminants in soil, sediments, and groundwater. Mark has direct experience in the regulatory and permitting requirements associated with wastewater projects, and has been successful in securing numerous Groundwater Discharge Permits with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He currently serves as the Program Manager for HW’s $17 million contract with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, providing technical advice on source water protection, water security and the Underground Injection Control Program. Mark is a Licensed Site Professional (LSP), authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to direct the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Mark has also been an instructor for the EPA teaching workshops on wastewater planning, water security, ground water and surface water hydrology, Low Impact Design (LID) contaminant transport, estuarine and ground water modeling and wellhead and source water protection.

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