Annual Meeting - Charles River Watershed Association

Stormwater Management Workshop Speakers


Julie Wood

Julie manages CRWA’s science program, and serves as project manager for CRWA's Smart Sewering, Twinning and Climate Change Adaptation projects. Julie provides support for CRWA’s advocacy work, analyzing CRWA’s research and data to inform organizational focus and reviewing project or permit applications. Prior to taking on her current role, Julie ran CRWA's Field Science program from 2008 to 2014. 


Nigel Pickering

Nigel has more than 25 years of experience in water resources management and water quality modeling for agricultural and urban areas.

He is currently a Senior Water Resources Engineer with the consulting firm Horsley Witten Group (HW) in the firm’s Boston, MA office.  Prior to joining HW, Nigel was the Senior Engineer for Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) where he served as the primary author of the Upper/Middle Charles River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Nigel has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida.


Pallavi Mande

Pallavi Kalia Mande, Director of Blue Cities with the Charles River Watershed Association, has been involved with water centric environmental restoration work in the Boston metropolitan area for over a decade. Prior to joining CRWA in 2005, she worked as an urban designer and environmental planner on several urban neighborhood revitalization projects in cities across the country.

Under her leadership, the Blue Cities Initiative at CRWA has grown as a major program area that includes planning, design and implementation of a number of green infrastructure projects within the Charles watershed and beyond.  In addition to reviewing development projects within the watershed, her responsibilities include environmental and site assessments, research and advocacy on green infrastructure and climate change resilience. She is also deeply involved in public education and outreach efforts focused on urban restoration through organizing public forums involving a variety of stakeholders ranging from public agencies, institutions, private land owners/ developers and the community at large.

Pallavi received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture in India, a Masters in Philosophy in Environment and Development at Cambridge University in England and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis.

Brutus Cantoreggi

Robert Cantoreggi has been the Director of the Department of Public Works in Franklin, MA since 2005. He is directly accountable to the Town Manager and City Council for all operations of the Department of Public Works in the following areas: Engineering, Highways, Grounds, Solid Waste, Recycling Station, Street Lighting, and Water and Sewer. Prior to joining Franklin, Mr. Cantoreggi was the Director of the Department of Public Works in Millis, MA and Highway and Grounds Superintendent for the Town of Norwood, MA and the City of Cambridge, MA.  He has been the Chairman of the Town Planning Board in Millis, MA since 2003.

Under Mr. Cantoreggi’s direction, Franklin, MA has been at the forefront of drinking water, sewer and stormwater compliance over the last ten years.  He was selected to testify on EPA National Stormwater rulemaking in Washington D.C., where he represented communities with populations of less than 100,000.  He is a highly sought speaker, guest and round table member at numerous conferences on all facets of water, sewer and stormwater regulations & compliance issues as well as union employee / management operations. Some of the conferences Brutus has spoken at include those held by APWA, MMA, NEWEA, NEAPWA, EPA, CRWA and the Maine Stormwater Conference.

Mr. Cantoreggi has a Bachelor of Science Degree(s) in Business and in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is licensed in Water Distribution, Water Treatment and Pesticide Applications. Mr. Cantoreggi resides in Millis, MA where he is also a Farmer.

Sam Cleaves

Sam Cleaves, AICP, Senior Regional Planner at MAPC, has been with MAPC since 2000. Mr. Cleaves acts as a lead project planner in MAPC’s Hazard Mitigation Program and is currently working with the community of Reading to update their Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans. He works on projects involving both land use and environmental planning. As an environmental planner, he has been actively engaged in helping communities plan and implement clean energy options. He also coordinates the activities of the North Shore Task Force, providing planning and technical assistance to sixteen cities and towns north of Boston. 

Mr. Cleaves has extensive and wide-ranging experience in helping communities plan effectively. Environmental projects have included drafting open space and residential design ordinances, stormwater management bylaws and regulations, water conservation plans, and conducting low impact development analysis for many communities. During his first three years at MAPC, he also served as the Boston area Stormwater Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays Program.

Prior to coming to MAPC, Mr. Cleaves served as the Planning Director for the City of Gloucester and as its Environmental Planner previous to that.  He began his planning career in the Massachusetts Bays Program, serving as Program Coordinator for Salem 2000, now Salem Sound Coastwatch.

Robin Craver April 5th Speaker

 Robin Craver is the Town Administrator in Charlton, MA, and in 2011 identified the Community Innovation Challenge Grant as a vehicle to create the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition to help multiple communities- presently 30!- achieve a common stormwater goal. Her role as a champion of the Coalition was borne from frustration about municipal budgets that never seem large enough to satisfy multiple infrastructure management challenges and protect the community's interests in a regulatory environment that continues to expand. She has been a core member of the Coalition’s Steering Committee since its inception, is the Chair of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment, and participates in many additional regional partnerships.


Aubrey Strause April 5th Speaker

 Aubrey Strause is an Associate with Fuss & O’Neill and the owner of Maine consulting firm Verdant Water, PLLC. Since 2012, she has worked with the 30-Town Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition and is presently advising other groups that want to build their own regional working groups.  She collaborates with the New Hampshire Seacoast Stormwater Coalition and the Maine Interlocal Stormwater Working Group- involvement that helps her connect these regional groups with regional solutions.  In her spare time, Aubrey works around the country to help municipalities of all sizes deal with the impact of flushed wipes and was honored as the USEPA Region 1 Wastewater Trainer of the Year for this work. She is the past president of the Maine Water Environment Association, the past Chair of the NEWEA Stormwater Committee, and is a member of NACWA, WEF, and APWA.


John Woodsmall

John Woodsmall is the Director of Public Works for the Town of Holden, one of the thirty towns comprising the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition.  As Director, he is responsible for a thirty-one person Department of Public Works, which is comprised of six Divisions:  Administration; Engineering; Highway; Buildings and Grounds; Water and Sewer, and; Equipment Repair.  Including his time in Holden, over the past fourteen years Woodsmall has been involved in the preparation, implementation, and oversight of EPA Small MS4 General Permit stormwater management plans for three different municipalities in Massachusetts.  He has also served as a volunteer member and chairman of the Town of Clinton's Conservation Commission in the past.    

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