Posts Categorized: Championing Water Resources

Good News for Rivers – Water Pollution Program to Stay with EPA

We are pleased to announce that the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture just voted on legislation proposed by Governor Baker to transfer authority from the federal government (EPA) to the state (MassDEP) to regulate water pollution and they decided to send this bill to study. This means the bill (H.2777) will not move forward… Read more »

Calls to Statehouse Needed Immediately

We need you to call a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment today to protect our rivers (see list of members and suggested script below). The environmental community has taken a strong stand for rivers by opposing H.2777.  The legislature has extended their deadline for making a decision on this bill until March… Read more »

Can you make a call today to protect Massachusetts citizens from unsafe sewage in their rivers?

Millions of residents live near the Commonwealth’s many rivers, which provide essential community resources and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Unfortunately, citizens currently have no way to know when man-made pollutant discharges render these rivers unsafe for fishing, boating and swimming. The Issue When it rains, stormwater floods our Commonwealth’s aging sewer systems. This… Read more »

Make a call today to stop transfer of pollution control to state

We need you to call a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment today (see list of members and suggested script below). In Massachusetts, the federal EPA regulates water pollution under the Clean Water Act. The permits granted to polluters are referred to as NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits and they are… Read more »

Mass Rivers Sues EPA Over Stormwater

Stormwater pollution is the number one contaminant for waterways in Massachusetts and for a short time, it appeared that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was ready to address this issue through the implementation of a new stormwater permit. After nearly a decade of negotiations among local, state, and federal authorities, the EPA announced this… Read more »

Mass Rivers receives $15,000 match

Mass Rivers received a $15,000 challenge grant for our drought management work. Thanks to the generous response from new and renewing members, Mass Rivers is just $2000 short of reaching our goal. All new member donations will be matched at 100%. Donation increases from existing members will also be matched. Qualifying donations must be received… Read more »

March 30: Lobby for the Rivers Day!

Dawn mist on Sudbury River. Photograph by Rob Houghton - All Rights Reserved © - www.robhoughtonphotography.com

  The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance invites you to participate in the first-ever Lobby for the Rivers Day, on Thursday, March 30th at 11 am, at the State House in Boston. With a new administration in Washington weakening river protection, and news of water disasters around the country, our rivers desperately need our help. One critically important,… Read more »