Posts Categorized: News & Events

A Message from Mass Rivers

As people on the planet, we are connected. We are connected by our shared experiences, and our shared humanity, much as rivers connect our communities. The board and staff at Mass Rivers Alliance would like to make clear that we stand for social and environmental justice, and for solidarity among all people, regardless of race,… Read more »

Action Alert: Tell Your State Legislator to Oppose Mosquito Spraying Bill

Background: As you may recall from our recent action alert, Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  Rep. Dykema and Sen. Hinds are now circulating a Dear Colleague letter to their… Read more »

Action Alert: Don’t Blanket MA with Mosquito Pesticides That Harm Rivers

Background: Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  H.4650 would exempt the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board from all state laws and allow them to conduct mosquito eradication measures anywhere… Read more »

EPA Suspends Enforcement on Environmental Laws

On March 26th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new policy that would suspend enforcement of key provisions of our nation’s environmental laws during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Julia Blatt, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, made the following statement in response: “The EPA’s decision to stop enforcing key provisions of our environmental laws puts… Read more »

COVID19 Update

Following recommendations made by both the Center for Disease Control and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Mass Rivers has temporarily closed our office and staff are working remotely from their respective homes. Should you need to contact our organization at this time, we ask that you do so via email (staff emails can be found by… Read more »

Pizza for a Purpose!

Save the Date for… Pizza for a Purpose! Mass Rivers Pizza Fundraiser with Flatbread Somerville February 11th, 2020 5 pm – 9 pm  45 Day Street, Somerville MA Support Mass Rivers AND enjoy a delicious pizza! Head to Flatbread Pizza at Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Davis Square, Somerville MA for a Mass Rivers fundraiser on February 11th! The more pizzas you… Read more »

144 Local Officials Sign Letter Supporting Bill to Provide Public Warnings During Sewage Spills

BOSTON – 144 elected and appointed municipal leaders from 61 communities today urged Massachusetts House leadership to move a bill forward that would require public warnings whenever there is a sewage spill in a waterway. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, one of the supporting elected officials, believes this legislation is critically important to protect public health…. Read more »

Mass Rivers Gears Up for 2020

A big thank you to you, our supporters and partners, for making this another successful year for rivers in Massachusetts! In 2020, the Mass Rivers Alliance will be pushing back against new threats to water, and building on our recent accomplishments: We moved out in front to demand a better response to the drought – and the administration responded. Mass Rivers pulled together a large coalition of… Read more »

Limited Time Only – Mass Rivers Swag!

It’s that time of year again… Show your love for rivers (and support for Mass Rivers) with a “Stand up for Rivers” t-shirt! We love our new design – and each purchase supports our work to protect the rivers!   Please note that these shirts will only be available until Thursday, November 21st! Buy yours today… Read more »

Major Federal Water Protection Repealed 

Late last week, the Trump administration took another major step forward in revoking some of the most fundamental national protections for our waters.   The administration is expected to shortly remove and replace scientifically-supported water protections (the Clean Water Rule) which were designed to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act protections, which include protections for headwaters,… Read more »