Posts Categorized: News & Events

Big Budget Win for Rivers

We did it! After many years of staff losses at our state environmental agencies due to budget cuts, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Ecological Restoration and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Office of Water Resources have received significant state budget boosts for FY2019. These programs are critical to water protection, river restoration,… Read more »

Mass Rivers and nine watershed groups successfully move US EPA to protect water quality

Following a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and nine co-plaintiff environmental groups, a long-awaited federal stormwater permit went into effect for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today. The permit requires municipalities to take additional steps to protect rivers, lakes, streams and ponds from polluted stormwater runoff. Contaminated stormwater is the state’s top water pollution… Read more »

Rivers Month Photo Contest

June is National Rivers Month and here at Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, that’s kind of a big deal. We love rivers, the wild and scenic ones and the hip urban ones too. We love the animals that live in and near them and what rivers mean to our families. So to celebrate this great month, we… Read more »

Call to Stop Senate Cuts

The Massachusetts Senate is trying to CUT funding for our state environmental agencies that protect water. Can you take two minutes to ask your senator to restore funding for these agencies? To find your local legislator and their phone number, click here. Below is a sample script for your conversation: “Hello, my name is ______________… Read more »

Mass Rivers Annual Meeting and dinner

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th, 6-9 pm at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street in Belmont for a wonderful evening of great company, good food and lots of talk about water.  It is Mass Rivers’ annual tradition to bring together all of our friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening of… Read more »

Make a call today to stop transfer of pollution control to state

We need you to call a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment today (see list of members and suggested script below). In Massachusetts, the federal EPA regulates water pollution under the Clean Water Act. The permits granted to polluters are referred to as NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits and they are… Read more »

Mass Rivers Sues EPA Over Stormwater

Stormwater pollution is the number one contaminant for waterways in Massachusetts and for a short time, it appeared that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was ready to address this issue through the implementation of a new stormwater permit. After nearly a decade of negotiations among local, state, and federal authorities, the EPA announced this… Read more »

Mass Rivers receives $15,000 match

Mass Rivers received a $15,000 challenge grant for our drought management work. Thanks to the generous response from new and renewing members, Mass Rivers is just $2000 short of reaching our goal. All new member donations will be matched at 100%. Donation increases from existing members will also be matched. Qualifying donations must be received… Read more »