Nathan Sanders

2013 Radcliffe/Rappaport Doctoral Fellow

May 29, 2013
Graduate Degree:Harvard University
Undergraduate Degree:Michigan State University
Area of Interest:Environmental Issues
Mentors:Neil Veilleux, Meister Consulting Group
Agency:Office of Senator Pat Jehlen and Office of Representative Denise Provost
Supervisor:Tim Snyder, Chief of Staff, Office of Sen. Patricia Jehlen and Mark Kennedy, Office of Rep. Denise Provost
Project Description:Nearly three billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage is diverted into rivers and streams in the Commonwealth annually, and citizens often has no way to know when a discharge has occurred. Because bacteria in sewage can cause hepatitis and other infectious diseases, these discharges present a significant risk to public health in addition to damaging the river ecosystems they pollute. Working with Rep. Denise Provost and Sen. Pat Jehlen (both of Somerville), Nathan investigated the problem of wastewater discharges from combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into public waterways. He wrote a bill that would require all CSO outfall operators to monitor their discharges and report them immediately to the public through a state website. We worked together with community organizations and legislators from across the state to raise awareness of this issue and raise support for the bill. You can find more information here: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~nsanders/cso/