Posts Categorized: Championing Water Resources

Mass Rivers requests Governor to increase drought response

Mass Rivers and 44 member groups have asked the Governor’s Environmental Secretary, Matthew Beaton, to take specific actions in response to the current drought in eastern and central Massachusetts. We are urging our state to better safeguard our rivers, wildlife, and water supplies during droughts. Many of our rivers and streams are at record, or… Read more »

Call your state Senator today to protect our rivers

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 »

Federal officials brief state legislators on storm water permit

Noting that “55% of our waterways in Massachusetts are impaired by stormwater,” New England’s EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spaulding briefed a group of state legislators yesterday on the pending storm water permit.  The seminar, hosted by Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge, took place at the State House and also included brief talks by… Read more »

Environmental agencies host listening sessions

The environmental agencies are beginning to move on implementing E.O. 562, Governor Baker’s March (2015) directive to the state’s executive branch agencies to review all regulations currently on the books. Regulations are to be targeted for retention, elimination (rescission), or amendment, by March 2016. Agencies are asked to look at whether the regulations harm businesses,… Read more »

Short video will showcase Mass Rivers

Our small state boasts a surprisingly varied collection of rivers. For our first-ever short video, we’ve been out and about, talking to river champions from North Adams to Ipswich. Here are a few shots from the shoots. First stop was North Adams. The Hoosic River travels through downtown North Adams in concrete chutes, the result… Read more »

A Trip to Capitol Hill

Did you know Massachusetts has three federal Wild and Scenic Rivers (the Sudbury, Concord and Assabet, which counts as one ; the Westfield; and the Taunton), with another being studied for inclusion in the system (the Nashua)?  The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve designated rivers with… Read more »

Advocating for better Water Management Act rules

The new Sustainable Water Management Initiative regulations are now in place, but as with many policies, the devil is still in the details.  Executive Director Julia Blatt, board members Ian Cooke and Wayne Castonguay, and Alliance organizational member Becky Smith (Clean Water Action)  have been using their positions on the Water Management Act Advisory Committee… Read more »