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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Our mission is to reconnect the North Adams community to a clean, beautiful, and safe Hoosic River and to enhance the river’s recreational, cultural, and economic vitality while maintaining the level of flood protection provided by the flood chutes.
We see the river lined with parklands and paths, connecting our historical and cultural highlights, and serving as a gateway to our many hiking and biking trails. We envision a time when residents will gather along the river to picnic, engage in sports, and listen to music. In short, we want a river that is an integral part of our city, a destination point for friends and visitors, and a catalyst for economic revitalization. Learn more about this great organization at hoosicriverrevival.org