EBC Professional Development Program Series: Chapter 91 for the Ascending Professional – An Advanced Introduction


Date: March 20, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England


This EBC Ascending Professionals Program will bring young professionals together to find out more about Chapter 91, “the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act.” The speakers will describe the various roles involving Chapter 91, including the role of lawyers and the courts in Chapter 91 licensing, the role of consulting firms in Chapter 91 licensing, and the role of the State in project oversight and regulation.

Join EBC for this entry-level event to find out more about Chapter 91 and the processes involved. There will be ample time for open discussion and Q & A with attendees.

What is “Chapter 91?”

The Commonwealth’s primary tool for protection and promotion of public use of its tidelands and other waterways is Massachusetts General Law Chapter 91, the waterways licensing program. The Commonwealth formally established the program in 1866, but the philosophy behind Chapter 91 dates back to the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, most notably in the Colonial Ordinances of 1641-1647.

The Colonial Ordinances codified the “public trust doctrine,” a legal principle that dates back nearly 2000 years, which holds that the air, the sea and the shore belong not to any one person, but rather to the public at large.

The oldest program of its kind in the nation, Chapter 91 regulates activities on both coastal and inland waterways, including construction, dredging and filling in tidelands, great ponds and certain rivers and streams.

Final Agenda – EBC Professional Development Program Series – Chapter 91 for the Ascending Professional – An Advanced Introduction



Program Co-Chairs:

  • Jessica Bardi, Esquire, Buchanan & Associates
  • Carley Przystac, Water Resource Specialist, VHB, Inc.
  • Fiona Vardy, Environmental Planner, Epsilon Associates, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

An Overview of the Chapter 91 Program

  • Benjamin Lynch, Program Chief, Waterways & Chapter 91, MassDEP Water Resources Programs

Navigating Chapter 91 and the Waterways Regulations – A Legal Perspective

  • Jamy B. Madeja, Environmental Permitting & Land Use Lawyer, Buchanan & Associates

Navigating Chapter 91 and the Waterways Regulations – A Consultant’s Perspective

  • Daniel Padien, Senior Environmental Scientist, Chapter 91 Waterways Licensing, VHB, Inc.

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Carley Przystac of VHB, Inc.

Attendee List

Karl Allen City of Chelsea Economic Development Planner
Stephanie Chaston ESS Group, Inc. Project Scientist
Teresa Cooper Haley & Aldrich, Inc. Senior Scientist
Joey DiStefano Boston Harbow Now Harbor Walk Fellow
Tristan Donovan Tighe & Bond Coastal Engineer
Adam Finkle Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Beth Gurney Woods Hole Group Environmental Permitting Specialist
Tim Hayes Bohler Engineering Project Engineer
Lindsey Howard Haley & Aldrich Staff Engineer
Julia Kallmerten Tighe & Bond, Inc Staff Engineer
Heidi Keller Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Hydrogeologist
Katherine Kelly Tetra Tech Marine Project Specialist
Vivian Kimball VHB Environmental Scientist
Rachel Marden Normandeau Associates, Inc Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Valerie Moore Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Associate
Allison Novelly Urban Harbors Institute, UMass Boston Research Analyst
Zack Richards Bohler Engineering Project Engineer
Kalinda Roberts TRC Envrionmental Biologist
Mary Kate Schneeweis Beals and Thomas, Inc. Environmental Specialist
Jessica Yeager Geosyntec Consultants Senior Engineer


The available presentations from the EBC Professional Development Program – Chapter 91 for the Ascending Professional – An Advanced Introduction completed on March 20, 2018, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Professional Development Program – Chapter 91 for the Ascending Professional – An Advanced Introduction

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