Posts Categorized: Restoring Water Quality

Press Release: MA House passes sewage notification bill

MA House Passes Bill to Alert Residents of Sewage Overflows into Waterways (BOSTON) – The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a bill to require public notification when untreated sewage overflows into a waterway. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville), and Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) is urgently needed… Read more »

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Help move the sewage notification bill through the Senate!

We are delighted to share that last evening, under the leadership of bill lead sponsor Rep. Campbell and co-lead Rep. Provost, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously (159-0) passed the sewage notification bill (now H.4921)! We want to first say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reached out to their state reps! However, the fight is not over… Read more »

URGENT ACTION ALERT! Help us protect rivers and the public from sewage!

Please join us in calling your state representative today (7/27) or tomorrow morning (7/28) before 10 am to help pass the sewage notification bill and protect our rivers! State Representative Linda Dean Campbell has filed the sewage notification bill as an amendment to a major public health legislation package that the House will be taking up… Read more »

Congresswoman Lori Trahan Leads Push for Federal Funding to Help Rivers

We want to recognize Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her tremendous advocacy for water infrastructure funding in the latest U.S. House infrastructure package, The Moving Forward Act. Congresswoman Trahan has been a strong partner for our organization and our member organizations in the Merrimack watershed, in particular on the issue of sewage overflows. The Moving Forward… Read more »

Action Alert: Tell Your State Legislator to Oppose Mosquito Spraying Bill

Background: As you may recall from our recent action alert, Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  Rep. Dykema and Sen. Hinds are now circulating a Dear Colleague letter to their… Read more »

144 Local Officials Sign Letter Supporting Bill to Provide Public Warnings During Sewage Spills

BOSTON – 144 elected and appointed municipal leaders from 61 communities today urged Massachusetts House leadership to move a bill forward that would require public warnings whenever there is a sewage spill in a waterway. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, one of the supporting elected officials, believes this legislation is critically important to protect public health…. Read more »

Action Alert: Tell the EPA to Withdraw Their Dangerous Proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers are proposing to significantly narrow the scope of protections for our nation’s waters. The proposal would replace a positive, scientifically-supported 2015 rule (the Clean Water Rule) designed to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act protections, which includes protections for headwaters, intermittent and ephemeral… Read more »

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 »