Make a call today to protect rivers during droughts

We need you to call the Chairs of the Environment Committee today to tell them to support the drought management bill!

You may remember the drought of 2016: public water supplies reached dangerously low levels, rivers went dry and fish and other aquatic populations were annihilated. We could have avoided some of the more severe impacts of the drought if we had taken action earlier to curtail nonessential outdoor water use. But what we learned last year is that currently, the state lacks any authority to restrict nonessential outdoor water use until we reach an emergency stage of the drought.

S.425/H.2115, An Act relative to drought management, sponsored by Rep. Dykema (D-Holliston) and Sen. Eldridge (D-Acton) would give the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs the authority to impose nonessential outdoor watering restrictions in a drought region when a drought reaches a certain level of severity. We’ve seen repeatedly that early water conservation can have a big impact on rivers and public water supplies during droughts. This bill is crucial for improving the drought resiliency of the state, but we need your help to convince the Chairs of the Environment Committee to support this bill!

Below is a sample script for your phone call:

“Hello my name is ___________ and I am from _____________, Massachusetts. I am calling to ask Representative/Senator___________ to support S.425/H.2115, An Act relative to drought management. This bill is essential to protect our public water supplies and preserve our rivers during droughts. Thank you for your consideration.”

Please call one or both of the Joint Committee on Environment Chairs:

  • Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (617-722-1540)
  • Representative William Pignatelli (D-Lenox), Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (617-722-2210)

Thank you for your efforts to protect our rivers!