Clean Water Wednesdays

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition has teamed up with Cape Cod Beer 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 Wednesday’s, you can purchase a Clean Water Wednesday 20oz glass for $6 and get a 20oz pour for the price 16 oz EVERY Wednesday- just bring your glass back! Help keep plastic out of our oceans! #CleanWaterMatters

For our first Clean Water Wednesday on August 7th at 6:30 pm at Cape Cod Beer, we are excited to have Bryan Horsley from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) as our featured speaker.

Bryan is APCC’s Restoration Technician and the Program Manager for the Cape Cod Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program. His presentation will focus on monitoring for harmful cyanobacteria blooms in Cape Cod’s freshwater lakes and ponds. Harmful cyanobacteria blooms are an emerging issue in our local freshwater lakes and ponds, which is concerning because they can release potent cyanotoxins into the environment that pose direct health threats to humans, pets and wildlife. The cause of these blooms seems to be a combination of warming temperatures, altered rainfall patterns, and ever increasing nutrient enrichment of our waters.

Bryan’s talk will cover basic ecology of cyanobacteria, associated environmental and human health threats, APCC's Cape Cod Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program, and he will finish with an overview of actions that can be taken to help alleviate the problem.

Click here to learn more about APCC's cyanobacteria monitoring program.

Join the experts for a beer! And a Raw Bar!

September 11th, our panel will focus on Oysters and the shell-fishing business on Cape Cod. We’ll be joined by three experts in this field; Liz Lewis from Town of Barnstable (TOWN), John Townes from BARS (RECREATIONAL) and Dave Ryan from Cape Cod Oyster (COMMERCIAL). Each speaker in our panel will be representing a different aspect of shellfishing.

Liz Lewis will be discussing The Town of Barnstable’s Shellfish Propagation Program. Their goal is to supplement the wild populations of quahogs and oysters and take some of the fishing pressure off the wild stocks. Everything that they grow goes out to the public for anyone with a Town of Barnstable Shellfish Permit to harvest. Liz will be touching on the basics of how we grow our shellfish and manage the fishery.

Liz Lewis has been the Shellfish Technician for the Town of Barnstable for over five years and has been working for Natural Resources for over seven. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and a concentration in Resource Ecology and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Policy. Her lifetime love of the ocean brought her back to Massachusetts where she worked as a Program Educator at the New England Aquarium for six years. Looking for more time outdoors, she found her true passion- growing quahogs and oysters here on Cape Cod. Liz loves to grow shellfish and help people learn about the resources in their own backyard.

John Townes will be talking about the Triploid Oyster and its importance in rejuvenating the oyster fishery on the east coast from Maine to Louisiana, as well as the Pacific Northwest.

John retired and moved with his wife Leigh to Cotuit in 2017 and almost immediately they became members of BARS. They both quickly discovered a passion for shellfishing on The Cape and have been active in many of BARS’ projects and events including helping the Department of Natural Resources planting and harvesting quahogs, and supporting their Clamming for Kids/Everyone classes. John is the new Vice President of BARS.

Dave Ryan will give us an overview of commercial shellfishing and it’s role on Cape Cod.

BIO: Dave Ryan is Director of Operations for Cape Cod Oyster Company, and a Marine Biologist by training. He discovered and fell in love with the oyster business when he first graduated from college. Working in the oyster hatchery at A.R.C. with early industry innovators like Dick Krause, Sue Talin, and Gene Petrovitz, he realized it was the right business for him. “ It was a way of life, not just a job”. Dave is as enthusiastic about what he does at 55 years old as he was at 20.

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 ( – 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. 

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