Posts Categorized: Action Alerts

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Help move the sewage notification bill through the Senate!

We are delighted to share that last evening, under the leadership of bill lead sponsor Rep. Campbell and co-lead Rep. Provost, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously (159-0) passed the sewage notification bill (now H.4921)! We want to first say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reached out to their state reps! However, the fight is not over… Read more »

URGENT ACTION ALERT! Help us protect rivers and the public from sewage!

Please join us in calling your state representative today (7/27) or tomorrow morning (7/28) before 10 am to help pass the sewage notification bill and protect our rivers! State Representative Linda Dean Campbell has filed the sewage notification bill as an amendment to a major public health legislation package that the House will be taking up… Read more »

Action Alert: Tell Your State Legislator to Oppose Mosquito Spraying Bill

Background: As you may recall from our recent action alert, Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  Rep. Dykema and Sen. Hinds are now circulating a Dear Colleague letter to their… Read more »

Action Alert: Don’t Blanket MA with Mosquito Pesticides That Harm Rivers

Background: Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  H.4650 would exempt the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board from all state laws and allow them to conduct mosquito eradication measures anywhere… Read more »

Major Federal Water Protection Repealed 

Late last week, the Trump administration took another major step forward in revoking some of the most fundamental national protections for our waters.   The administration is expected to shortly remove and replace scientifically-supported water protections (the Clean Water Rule) which were designed to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act protections, which include protections for headwaters,… Read more »

Fight Back Against Federal Efforts to Limit Clean Water Protections

There has been yet another attack on our federal protections for rivers and streams. We need your help to let Congress know this new proposal should be rejected! A bill before Congress (H.R. 1764) would double the length of Clean Water Act (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES) pollution permits. The Clean Water Act… Read more »

Rivers Win Big in New Budget

Yesterday the Senate and House signed off on a budget for FY20 that included increases for our three top river-related budget priorities! This is our second year in a row seeing significant increases for our top funding priorities.  A HUGE thank you to you, our members, that lobbied for these priorities on Lobby for the… Read more »

Environment Committee Moves Forward Sewage Notification Bill

The state legislature has taken its first step to move forward a bill that would require public notice in the event of sewage discharges into waterways. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville), received a favorable vote on Wednesday from the Joint Committee on… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Tell your legislators to support funding to address climate change impacts

We need your help to pass a bill that provides funding to address the impacts of climate change in Massachusetts!   Please call your legislators by Monday, June 17th at 5 pm and ask them to support this bill. This bill will create a new, reliable and significant source of funding to help cities and towns protect themselves… Read more »