What Is in Your Water?

Th 10/14 — 2:00–3:00pm
Location: On-Line


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Instructor/Presenter: Betsy Reilley

Is it time to panic?  Drawing on her extensive study of water issues both domestic and international, Betsy Reilley will address current complex questions about our water in western Massachusetts, both its quantity and its quality.  What is in our water: lead? PFAS? PCPPs? Microplastics? cyanotoxins?  She will explain what those terms mean and what they mean for us, in the moment and for the longer term, in an era of climate change.

Betsy Reilley, since 1996, has worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), where she is currently Director of Environmental Quality, responsible for sampling, reporting, and compliance programs to assure water and wastewater quality for eastern Massachusetts.  Dr. Reilley has a Ph.D. in microbiology from Clark University.  She previously served as Science Policy Advisor for Representative Ed Markey, and as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.