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Mass Rivers Gears Up for 2017

As a new administration prepares to move into the Oval Office, Mass Rivers is preparing for what may be one of our most challenging years yet. We’ll be pushing back against new threats to water, and building on our recent accomplishments. Here is a brief summary of the issues in 2016 that threatened our rivers… Read more »

Summer’s Over but the Drought Isn’t

On Friday, October 6th, Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton expanded the drought declaration across the entire state. The new drought classifications for the state include the following: • West Region: Watch • Connecticut River Region: Warning • Central Region: Warning • Northeast Region: Warning • Southeast Region: Warning • Cape & Islands: Watch The Northeast… 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 »

Call your state Senator today to protect our rivers

State Senate proposing cuts to river protection  On May 19 the state Senate released its budget proposal for the coming year, and it includes significant new cuts in the programs that keep our rivers healthy. Overall, the Senate is proposing to cut the Department of Environmental Protection by 13% and the Department of Conservation and… Read more »

Merrimack River one of America’s most endangered

American Rivers has named the Merrimack River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2016, shining a national spotlight on the threat of unsustainable development poses to clean water supplies for over half a million residents. “With pavement rapidly replacing trees up and down the Merrimack River, action is critically needed. Stakeholders must convene… 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 »