Posts Categorized: Championing Water Resources

ACTION ALERT: Help Us Protect Rivers from Hydropower Dams!

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has proposed new regulations for hydropower dams that would harm our rivers. DOER is proposing that generators would have to undergo just one review to receive a lifetime certification as a river-friendly facility. This certification would entitle them to a lifetime of benefits from the state as providers of environmentally sustainable energy. … Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Thank MA House Ways and Means Committee for Supporting Rivers!

Recently, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Mass Rivers prioritizes and advocates for funding for three state environmental agencies that are tasked with improving and protecting rivers in the Commonwealth. These agencies include the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of… Read more »

Second Mass Rivers Lobby Day a Success

This past Thursday, Mass Rivers hosted our second Lobby for the Rivers Day. This day of advocacy on Beacon Hill provides an opportunity for our member organizations, individual members and residents to engage with their elected officials and raise their voice for rivers across the state.  The event was sponsored by Representative Carolyn Dykema and… Read more »

A Wild and Scenic Coalition is Born

In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Wild and Scenic River System. In the wake of the impressive anniversary successes, however, one might ask, “So, now what?” Luckily, the rivers community asked that question some time ago. The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance was an enthusiastic contributor to the 50th anniversary, celebrating… Read more »

Mass Rivers 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner A Success

Thank you to all the 200+ attendees of our 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner! We were delighted to have a great group of river activists, enthusiasts and practitioners gathered for this event. A special thank you to our Guest Speaker, Tim Palmer, author and photographer of the Wild and Scenic Rivers movement, who helped us… Read more »

Big Wins for Massachusetts Rivers

Despite challenges at the federal level, our team at Mass Rivers has just pulled off tremendous victories to protect our waterways, improve public health and safety, and increase climate resiliency. As the Massachusetts 2017-2018 legislative session comes to a close, we wanted to share some of our biggest successes with you. Here are a few… Read more »

Can you call your state representative today and ask them to protect public health?

On July 26th, the Massachusetts Senate reported out an important bill that would protect public health, but now we need your help to get the bill through the Massachusetts House of Representatives! Can you make a call today to make sure we pass this bill before the session ends on July 31st? The Issue When… Read more »

Big Budget Win for Rivers

We did it! After many years of staff losses at our state environmental agencies due to budget cuts, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Ecological Restoration and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Office of Water Resources have received significant state budget boosts for FY2019. These programs are critical to water protection, river restoration,… Read more »

Call State House by July 12 noon

Massachusetts nature photography

We need your help to protect rivers, public health, and to speak up for environmental justice!  Please call your State Senator today to ask him or her to cosponsor these four important amendments to the environmental bond bill – you must call by Thursday, July 12 noon. Amendment #174 Awareness of Sewage Pollution in Public Waters (filed by… Read more »