• Working to ensure healthy rivers for people & wildlife across the Commonwealth

OUR VISION

  • Clean water for future generations

    We must ensure enough clean water to meet the future needs of wildlife, people, and a growing economy.

  • Clean rivers that support a growing economy

    The rivers, streams and wetlands of Massachusetts must provide ecological services critical to our health, safety and economy.

  • Healthy rivers for healthy communities

    Every river in Massachusetts should be an asset to the communities through which it flows.

HOW WE’RE MAKING IT HAPPEN

  • Protecting Stream Flow

    To keep water in rivers, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is advocating for better water allocation regulations through the Sustainable Water Management Initiative.

  • Restoring Water Quality

    More than half of the state’s rivers and streams fail to meet water quality standards due to stormwater pollution. Mass Rivers is working with our members and partner organizations to restore water quality through better permitting and enforcement of stormwater regulations.

  • Investment in the Environment

    Mass Rivers works for state investment in greener water infrastructure and other programs that improve and restore rivers.

  • Improving Wildlife Habitat

    Mass Rivers is working with a coalition of partners to encourage dam removals to increase free flowing river habitat in Massachusetts.

  • Diverse Partnerships

    The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance works with our members, other environmental groups, and partners in government, industry, and academia to achieve our goals.

Click here to see Water2020, the vision statement that sets forth our goals and principles.

RIVER NEWS

  • Drought declaration expanded
  • Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton acknowledged the severity of the current drought today when he expanded the drought declaration across the entire state.  The most severely affected areas, in the northeast and central areas were upgraded to “Drought Warning,” the last step before “Drought Emergency.”  The Secretary urged total outdoor water bans in these two areas,… Read more »

  • Mass Rivers requests Governor to increase drought response
  • Mass Rivers and 44 member groups have asked the Governor’s Environmental Secretary, Matthew Beaton, to take specific actions in response to the current drought in eastern and central Massachusetts. We are urging our state to better safeguard our rivers, wildlife, and water supplies during droughts. Many of our rivers and streams are at record, or… Read more »

  • Regulation of water pollution will stay with EPA for now
  • Legislation proposed by Governor Baker to transfer authority from the federal government (EPA) to the state (MassDEP) to regulate water pollution will not be voted on this session and has been sent to study. Mass Rivers opposed efforts to transfer authority for regulation from EPA to MassDEP at this time, a move that would cost… Read more »

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