Posts Categorized: Restoring Water Quality

Can you call your state representative today and ask them to protect public health?

On July 26th, the Massachusetts Senate reported out an important bill that would protect public health, but now we need your help to get the bill through the Massachusetts House of Representatives! Can you make a call today to make sure we pass this bill before the session ends on July 31st? The Issue When… 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 »

Can you make a call today to protect Massachusetts citizens from unsafe sewage in their rivers?

Millions of residents live near the Commonwealth’s many rivers, which provide essential community resources and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Unfortunately, citizens currently have no way to know when man-made pollutant discharges render these rivers unsafe for fishing, boating and swimming. The Issue When it rains, stormwater floods our Commonwealth’s aging sewer systems. This… 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 »

Baker Administration Proposes Bill to Weaken Water Protections

The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance released the following statement in response to a proposal from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to transfer control over the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance opposes Governor Baker’s proposal to delegate… 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 »