Posts Categorized: News & Events

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Major Federal Water Protection Repealed 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 »

Fight Back Against Federal Efforts to Limit Clean Water Protections

There has been yet another attack on our federal protections for rivers and streams. We need your help to let Congress know this new proposal should be rejected! A bill before Congress (H.R. 1764) would double the length of Clean Water Act (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES) pollution permits. The Clean Water Act… Read more »

Mass Rivers Annual Meeting and Dinner

Please join us for a wonderful evening of great company, good food and lots of talk about water on December 4th at the First Church in Belmont.  It is Mass Rivers’ annual tradition to bring together our friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening to celebrate our rivers and the year’s achievements.   Guest speaker:… Read more »

Mass Rivers Pushes Back On Hydropower Proposal

This past week, Mass Rivers organized a sign-on letter opposing updates to the state hydropower dam regulations that could potentially harm rivers. The sign-on letter was supported by 70 organizations from across New England. The Issue Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) put forward a proposal to change state hydropower regulations so that hydropower generators would have… Read more »

Rivers Win Big in New Budget

Yesterday the Senate and House signed off on a budget for FY20 that included increases for our three top river-related budget priorities! This is our second year in a row seeing significant increases for our top funding priorities.  A HUGE thank you to you, our members, that lobbied for these priorities on Lobby for the… Read more »

Environment Committee Moves Forward Sewage Notification Bill

The state legislature has taken its first step to move forward a bill that would require public notice in the event of sewage discharges into waterways. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville), received a favorable vote on Wednesday from the Joint Committee on… Read more »