Posts Categorized: Improving Wildlife Habitat

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 »

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 »

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 »

Stormwater finance workshops in October

The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance has once again teamed up with Baystate Roads and a diverse group of partner organizations to offer a series of workshops for municipal staff and officials, environmental and engineering consultants, planners, state agency staff, and environmental organizations. These three full-day workshop are scheduled for October 15 (Marlborough), October 20 (Hadley) and October… 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 »