• 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

  • 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 »

  • Call your state Senator today to protect our rivers
  • State Senate proposing cuts to river protection  On May 19 the state Senate released its budget proposal for the coming year, and it includes significant new cuts in the programs that keep our rivers healthy. Overall, the Senate is proposing to cut the Department of Environmental Protection by 13% and the Department of Conservation and… Read more »

  • Merrimack River one of America’s most endangered
  • American Rivers has named the Merrimack River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2016, shining a national spotlight on the threat of unsustainable development poses to clean water supplies for over half a million residents. “With pavement rapidly replacing trees up and down the Merrimack River, action is critically needed. Stakeholders must convene… Read more »

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