HDS The Boston Harbor Cleanup and the Deer Island Treatment Plant: An Environmental Success Story

Join Harvard Divinity School on Friday, April 23 at 11 am EDT for the thirteenth session of the waste talk series featuring David F. Duest from Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Deer Island Treatment Plant.

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The presentation will discuss the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), who we serve, the state of the harbor and treatment plants pre-MWRA, and the progress to improve these items in one generation.  The presentation will show from construction to startup with improvements in effluent quality which directly leads to harbor quality improvements. Climate change is addressed along with benefits to the region.

David Duest is the Director of MWRA’s Deer Island Treatment Plant, the 2nd largest treatment plant in the US serving 2.3 Million people in the metropolitan Boston area. The plant has an average flow of 360 MGD with peaks over 1.3 Billion gallons per day. David holds a grade 7 wastewater treatment plant operators license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.