Clean Water: Topics on Tap

The Nantucket Land & Water Council is excited to present our virtual educational series:
Clean Water – Topics on Tap! Each month this summer, the NLC hosted a special guest speaker for a live virtual webinar, who presented on an important water quality topic followed by a live Q&A. Each monthly webinar was held via Zoom and registration is free and open to all. Watch previous editions of Clean Water: Topics on Tap at the link below.

Summer Edition 2021

May 13 at 5pm: Septic Systems 101 

Learn about septic system basics, advanced Nitrogen removal systems, as well as relevant research findings on how these advanced systems perform, and/or how coastal systems are being affected by climate change.

Hosted by Alissa Cox, PhD, Director of the New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program, Department of Natural Resources, University of Rhode Island, and Stephen Visco, Nantucket Board of Health Chair, Owner Visco Pumping, Inc.

June 17 at 5pm: Sandbar Sharks on Nantucket, Who are they, What are they up to, and Why do we care?

Join us for an introduction to Nantucket’s Sandbar sharks, their biology, behavior and the logistics of tracking one of Nantucket’s top marine predators. Register HERE.

Hosted by Caroline Collatos, Sandbar Shark Researcher and RJ Turcotte, Nantucket Waterkeeper, Nantucket Land & Water Council.

July 15 at 5pm: Green Crabs: Danger and Delicacy

Join us for an information session and cooking demonstration to learn how we are turning this invasive species into a dining delicacy! Register HERE.

Hosted by Mary Parks, Director and Founder of and co-author of The Green Crab Cookbook, and RJ Turcotte, Nantucket Waterkeeper, Nantucket Land & Water Council.

August 19 at 5pm: Coastal Plastics in and around Nantucket

Join us to learn about the latest research on coastal plastics around Nantucket, as well as the initiatives at work to address them. Register HERE.

Hosted by Graeme Durovich, Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator, DPW.

September 16 at 5pm: Working Together on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – Collaboration on Capaum Pond

Join the Nantucket Land & Water Council, with our partner the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, to learn about collaborative efforts to monitor and address Harmful Algal Blooms at Capaum Pond and around Nantucket. Register HERE.

Hosted by Emily Molden, Executive Director, Nantucket Land & Water Council, RJ Turcotte, Nantucket Waterkeeper, Nantucket Land & Water Council, and Karen Beattie, Director of Science and Stewardship, Nantucket Conservation Foundation.


Past Editions of Clean Water: Topics on Tap 

April 2021 – Clean Water for All!

Love your Nantucket Harbor! Our Nantucket harbor is a precious resource, and for you to enjoy and protect! Watch our presentation by local fisherpeople Simon Edwardes, Melanie Kotalac, and Josh Eldridge, along with Tara Riley from the Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department. Our panel discusses current challenges facing our harbor and marine waters, and projects underway to address these issues.  Tara Riley will discuss common practices we can all adapt to ensure the vitality and sustainability of our water resources. Our harbor health depends on us all!

March 2021 – Clean Water for Nantucket!

Learn about Nantucket Waterkeeper presented by the Nantucket Land & Water Council and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  Nantucket Land & Water Council is committed to being your advocate for our water resources; along with the Waterkeeper Alliance, we are on the front lines protecting, preserving and sustaining our water for all community members.  Join David Prescott of Save the Bay and the Waterkeeper Alliance Council for a discussion on how clean water affects all sections of our community and how we each play a role in protecting and preserving this critical resource. Thais Fournier, Town of Nantucket Water Resource Specialist, joins to discuss everyday practices that all Nantucket residents should abide by to keep our waters safe and healthy. Watch via YouTube HERE.


June 2020 – Ecological Landscaping

We welcomed Dr. Jack Ahern to discuss “Ecological Landscaping on Nantucket”. Dr. Ahern is a professor of Landscape Architecture at UMASS Amherst. Dr. Ahern discussed the importance of protecting our vulnerable water and coastal resources through better landscaping practices. Learn why and how, as he discusses a plant community approach to celebrate the beauty of our island in your own backyard – video below!

July 2020 – Harmful Algal Blooms and Ponds on Nantucket

August 2020 – Green Crabs…Danger and Delicacy

We hosted Mary Parks from for a presentation and live cooking demonstration with “Green Crabs…Danger and Delicacy”. Watch the full video below, and check out’s informational flyer: All About Green Crabs, How to Extract Roe, and Green Crab Roe and Sweet Corn Salad Recipe.

September 2020 – Coastal Plastics

We hosted Graeme Durovich from the Town of Nantucket Department of Public Works to present on the Town’s coastal plastics research and the 2020 Plastics Ban. Watch the full discussion:

Thank you to Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Shellfish Association, Ernst Land Design and Donelan Family Wines for sponsoring our summer 2020 series. Additional sponsorship opportunities available, please contact for more information.