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SWMI Regs out for Public Comment

April 15th, 2014

The proposed regulations on the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) are out for public comment; comments are due June 10.  Hearing dates and locations are listed on the calendar on the right.  The new regulations and accompanying guidance document are the product of over four years of effort by the environmental agencies, and broad stakeholder participation.  While the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance strongly supports the SWMI principles of “no backsliding,” “mitigation commensurate with impact,” and improving flow-depleted rivers, we believe the regulations and guidance still need

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Submit testimony supporting the Sustainable Water Resources Act

July 20th, 2011
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There is still time to submit written testimony supporting the Sustainable Water Resources Act (S.B.349/H.B.255) and we urge you to do so in the next two-three weeks (by August 12th if possible, although there is no formal deadline). Go to Sustainable Water Resources Act (S.B.349/H.B.255) for detailed information about the bill. Many thanks to all the river advocates who were able to give testimony on the bill at the July 14th, 2011 hearing at the State House. A nearly identical version of the bill was introduced in

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EPA’s deadline extended to 9/30/10 for comments on Designation and Draft NPDES Storm Water Permits for sites in 3 Charles River communities.

July 21st, 2010
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EPA is extending the public comment period for the draft permit and Designation until September 30, 2010. EPA has issued a draft NPDES general permit for storm water discharges (designated discharges) in the Charles River watershed within the towns of Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin, Massachusetts, from sites with 2 acres or more of impervious cover.  These sites are proposed for final designation for NPDES permitting pursuant to EPA’s residual designation authority. The storm water discharges subject to the draft permit are proposed for final designation for NPDES

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Gubernatorial Forum June 29

June 17th, 2010
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Water Summit a success!

June 7th, 2010
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Fifty river advocates from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster on Wednesday, May 24 to learn about current river initiatives and establish a more unified statewide policy agenda.  Using Water 2020 as a guiding document, the group settled on improved storm water management, stream flow protection, and water infrastructure finance reform as statewide priorities for the coming year.

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The Rivers Alliance has a new website…

June 7th, 2010
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Bear with us while we work on our new website – it’s still a work in progress – but please explore it (and let us know if there’s something  you’d like to see here).

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Comments due this month on 303(d), SRF, and Charles River RDA

June 7th, 2010
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This is a busy month for advocates wishing to weigh in with environmental regulators on river protection programs (lots of you, we hope).  Proposed changes to the SRF program, decisions about which rivers fail to meet water quality standards, and the proposed new stormwater regulations for three towns in the Charles River watershed all have the potential to affect river protection across the Commonwealth, so we urge you to share your information, data, and suggestions with the agencies.   Below are due dates for comments

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