Posts Categorized: Fostering Healthy River Flow

Mass Rivers offers workshop on new WMA regulations

On October 26 Mass Rivers is offering an important training on how to protect your local rivers and streams under the new “SWMI” regulations.  After a long delay, MassDEP is starting to issue water withdrawal permits under the new “SWMI” (Sustainable Water Management Initiative) regulations.  This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about MassDEP’s new… Read more »

Drought declaration expanded

Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton acknowledged the severity of the current drought today when he expanded the drought declaration across the entire state.  The most severely affected areas, in the northeast and central areas were upgraded to “Drought Warning,” the last step before “Drought Emergency.”  The Secretary urged total outdoor water bans in these two areas,… Read more »

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 »

Stormwater financing workshops entertain, educate

“It was too long to fit, but this talk should have been subtitled ‘this was when Terry Sullivan almost lost his job in 1996, 2008, and 2012,’” Terry Sullivan, head of Fall River’s water and sewer departments, told the group of 50 participants at our stormwater financing workshop in Taunton on October 22, referring to… 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 »

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 »