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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 »

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 »

Short video will showcase Mass Rivers

Our small state boasts a surprisingly varied collection of rivers. For our first-ever short video, we’ve been out and about, talking to river champions from North Adams to Ipswich. Here are a few shots from the shoots. First stop was North Adams. The Hoosic River travels through downtown North Adams in concrete chutes, the result… Read more »

A Trip to Capitol Hill

Did you know Massachusetts has three federal Wild and Scenic Rivers (the Sudbury, Concord and Assabet, which counts as one ; the Westfield; and the Taunton), with another being studied for inclusion in the system (the Nashua)?  The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve designated rivers with… Read more »