River News

Call to Stop Senate Cuts

The Massachusetts Senate is trying to CUT funding for our state environmental agencies that protect water. Can you take two minutes to ask your senator to restore funding for these agencies? To find your local legislator and their phone number, click here. Below is a sample script for your conversation: “Hello, my name is ______________… Read more »

Good News for Rivers – Water Pollution Program to Stay with EPA

We are pleased to announce that the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture just voted on legislation proposed by Governor Baker to transfer authority from the federal government (EPA) to the state (MassDEP) to regulate water pollution and they decided to send this bill to study. This means the bill (H.2777) will not move forward… Read more »

Calls to Statehouse Needed Immediately

We need you to call a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment today to protect our rivers (see list of members and suggested script below). The environmental community has taken a strong stand for rivers by opposing H.2777.  The legislature has extended their deadline for making a decision on this bill until March… Read more »

Call today to stop transfer of water pollution program to state!

We need you to call a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment today to protect our rivers (see list of members and suggested script below). The environmental community has taken a strong stand for rivers by opposing H.2777.  The supporters of this bill are making a final push for passage of this legislation,… 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 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… Read more »

Mass Rivers Annual Meeting and dinner

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th, 6-9 pm at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street in Belmont for a wonderful evening of great company, good food and lots of talk about water.  It is Mass Rivers’ annual tradition to bring together all of our friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening of… 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 »

Speak up for the Clean Water Rule

Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was ordered by President Trump to repeal the Clean Water Rule which defines which wetlands and waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. EPA has opened a 30-day public comment period on the repeal which concludes on August 28th and we need your help to… Read more »