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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Summer’s Over but the Drought Isn’t
  • On Friday, October 6th, Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton expanded the drought declaration across the entire state. The new drought classifications for the state include the following: • West Region: Watch • Connecticut River Region: Warning • Central Region: Warning • Northeast Region: Warning • Southeast Region: Warning • Cape & Islands: Watch The Northeast… Read more »

  • Mass Rivers offers workshop on new WMA regulations
  • On October 26 Mass Rivers is offering an important training on how to protect your local rivers and streams under the new “SWMI” regulations.  After a long delay, MassDEP is starting to issue water withdrawal permits under the new “SWMI” (Sustainable Water Management Initiative) regulations.  This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about MassDEP’s new… Read more »

  • 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 »