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BREWERY EVENT: Clean Water Wednesdays
October 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join the experts for a beer! And a Raw Bar!
Cape Cod Beer has teamed up with Barnstable Clean Water Collation to create Clean Water Wednesdays, an educational series that will be held at Cape Cod Beer. Join the experts as we deep dive into topics that are affecting not only our water on Cape Cod but globally as well! As a part of Clean Water Wednesdays, you can purchase a Clean Water Wednesday 20oz glass and get a 20oz pour for the price 16 oz EVERY Wednesday- just bring your glass back! #CleanWaterMatters
October 16th: Join us as we deep dive into the topic of bogs and their impact on our environment. Alex Hackman will be leading our panel, Alex has worked on some of the largest wetland/bog restoration projects in the state.
Title of Alex’s Talk:
Wetland Restoration on Retired Cranberry Farmland: Context, Science, and Status
After retirement, many cranberry farms require active intervention to rejuvenate historic wetlands and address legacy agricultural impacts. Decades of sand application over native soils, ditching, and use of water controls alter natural hydrology and limit the ability of the land to recover. This talk will describe efforts in Massachusetts to assess, design, implement, and study ecological restoration projects on former cranberry farmland. These issues are important to consider and act upon now, given the current wave of farm retirements, on-going development pressures, water quality concerns, and climate change.
Alex Hackman is a Restoration Ecologist for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), and manager of a new state program dedicated to restoring wetlands on retired cranberry farmland. Since 2007, he has managed dam removals, culvert replacements, stream channel and floodplain re-construction, and cranberry bog wetland restoration projects. Alex is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), sits on the SER-New England Board of Directors, and won the chapter’s 2018 award for excellence in restoration. He is a founding member of Living Observatory (www.livingobservatory.com) – an organization that links science, practice, and learning about restored wetlands on retired cranberry farmland. Alex lives in Medford with his sweetheart Keri-Nicole, is passionate about public service and helping Mother Nature, and is an avid but terrible kayak fisherman.