We must ensure enough clean water to meet the future needs of wildlife, people, and a growing economy.
The rivers, streams and wetlands of Massachusetts must provide ecological services critical to our health, safety and economy.
Every river in Massachusetts should be an asset to the communities through which it flows.
To keep water in rivers, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is advocating for better water allocation regulations through the Sustainable Water Management Initiative.
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.
Mass Rivers works for state investment in greener water infrastructure and other programs that improve and restore rivers.
Mass Rivers is working with a coalition of partners to encourage dam removals to increase free flowing river habitat in Massachusetts.
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.
As a new administration prepares to move into the Oval Office, Mass Rivers is preparing for what may be one of our most challenging years yet. We’ll be pushing back against new threats to water, and building on our recent accomplishments. Here is a brief summary of the issues in 2016 that threatened our rivers… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Since its beginnings in the 1960s, the Millers River Watershed Council has served as “the eyes and ears” of the watershed. MRWC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters of the watershed for the benefit of all its inhabitants, human and wild. MRWC educates area residents about local watershed issues and works in all areas and tributaries within the basin.
A blue trail is a dedicated stretch of river that enjoys special clean water safeguards and is a destination for fishing, boating and other recreation. Just as hiking trails are designed to help people explore the land, blue trails help people discover rivers. The first phase of this project is the Miller River Blue Trail which runs from Athol to Orange. MRWC continues to prepare new blue trail segments on the Millers and Otter Rivers.