John Todd of Falmouth will be guest speaker at the Citizens for the Protection of Waquoit Bay annual meeing on Wednesday, August 25, at 6:30 PM at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve boat house at 131 Waquoit Highway (Route 28) in East Falmouth. Dr. Todd, who is president of Ocean Arks International and Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont in the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, will address restoration of marine and fresh bodies of water impaired by nutrients. Attendance can also be remote by Zoom.

Waquoit Bay was once one of the most highly productive estuaries in the commonwealth. Now, because of groundwater pollution from septic systems in its watershed, Waquoit Bay has never been worse, according to Brian Howes of SMAST, the group that has been monitoring the health of Massachusetts bays and estuaries.

Dr. Todd has pioneered ecological design and engineering and applied ecological concepts around the world to help solve environmental issues. He is the inventor of eco-machines, technologies for wastewater treatment, environmental restoration and for the production of aquatic and terrestrial foods.

He was the first winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for “the best idea to help humanity.” He was also co-founder of the New Alchemy Institute in Hatchville, which studied sustainable practices in farming and aquaculture. Previous to that he was an assistant scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

“It will be decades before septic system waste can be intercepted by conventional sewering before it goes into the ground,” said Matthew C. Patrick, president of CPWB. “In the interim, living machines offer the potential to remove nitrogen quickly and economically until we can prevent point sources and nonpoint sources on a larger scale.”

Those planning to attend in person need to RSVP and to get Zoom link email

Mask will be required for attendees at the boat house.

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