Tisbury Waterways invites expert to share water pollution solutions

Dr. John Todd, ecological wastewater treatment systems expert, will give a presentation 4:30 pm, Thursday, August 23, at The Tisbury Senior Center. — Photo courtesy of John Todd Ecological Design

An internationally recognized inventor and pioneer in the design and implementation of ecological wastewater treatment systems, Dr. John Todd, will discuss the problems facing the Island’s coastal ponds and outline solutions using an ecological approach at the annual meeting of Tisbury Waterways on Thursday, August 23.

Entitled, “Stewardship of Martha’s Vineyard Waters,” Mr. Todd’s presentation will include information on his visionary approach to remediating water pollution, according to a press release.

Mr. Todd has degrees in agriculture, parasitology, and tropical medicine from McGill University and a doctorate in fisheries and ethology from the University of Michigan. He is currently a tenured research professor at the School of Natural Resources and a Distinguished Lecturer and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.

He is also the founder and president of Ocean Arks International, a nonprofit research and education organization established in 1981.

A company Mr. Todd founded, John Todd Ecological Design, has constructed dozens of “Eco-Machine” wastewater treatment systems in 11 countries on five continents around the world.

JTED commercializes Dr. Todd’s discoveries with an approach suited for reuse applications in municipal and a variety of commercial wastewater environments including commercial residential designs.

As a pioneer in the use of natural systems, JTED has developed methods for the removal of chemicals, petroleum hydrocarbons, endocrine disruptors, and other detrimental water pollutants. They hope to use their systems to help with the remediation of impaired natural water systems.

Mr. Todd’s ecological approach has resulted in dramatic improvements to water pollution treatment, according to a press release from his company. JTED recently submitted a grant with the Town of Oak Bluffs to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for a restoration project on Lagoon Pond.

Tisbury Waterways is a nonprofit advocacy group whose mission is to foster clean marine waterways through education, research, and advocacy.

Mr. Todd will speak at 4:30 pm, Thursday, August 23, at The Tisbury Senior Center. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Camron Adibi at 508-548-2545 or cam@toddecological.com or Sherri Caseau at the MVC at 508-693-3453 x17.