River News

Limited Time Only – Mass Rivers Swag!

It’s that time of year again… Show your love for rivers (and support for Mass Rivers) with a “Stand up for Rivers” t-shirt! We love our new design – and each purchase supports our work to protect the rivers!   Please note that these shirts will only be available until Thursday, November 21st! Buy yours today… Read more »

Major Federal Water Protection Repealed 

Late last week, the Trump administration took another major step forward in revoking some of the most fundamental national protections for our waters.   The administration is expected to shortly remove and replace scientifically-supported water protections (the Clean Water Rule) which were designed to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act protections, which include protections for headwaters,… Read more »

Fight Back Against Federal Efforts to Limit Clean Water Protections

There has been yet another attack on our federal protections for rivers and streams. We need your help to let Congress know this new proposal should be rejected! A bill before Congress (H.R. 1764) would double the length of Clean Water Act (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES) pollution permits. The Clean Water Act… Read more »

Mass Rivers Annual Meeting and Dinner

Please join us for a wonderful evening of great company, good food and lots of talk about water on December 4th at the First Church in Belmont.  It is Mass Rivers’ annual tradition to bring together our friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening to celebrate our rivers and the year’s achievements.   Guest speaker:… Read more »

Mass Rivers Pushes Back On Hydropower Proposal

This past week, Mass Rivers organized a sign-on letter opposing updates to the state hydropower dam regulations that could potentially harm rivers. The sign-on letter was supported by 70 organizations from across New England. The Issue Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) put forward a proposal to change state hydropower regulations so that hydropower generators would have… Read more »

Rivers Win Big in New Budget

Yesterday the Senate and House signed off on a budget for FY20 that included increases for our three top river-related budget priorities! This is our second year in a row seeing significant increases for our top funding priorities.  A HUGE thank you to you, our members, that lobbied for these priorities on Lobby for the… Read more »

Environment Committee Moves Forward Sewage Notification Bill

The state legislature has taken its first step to move forward a bill that would require public notice in the event of sewage discharges into waterways. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville), received a favorable vote on Wednesday from the Joint Committee on… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Tell your legislators to support funding to address climate change impacts

We need your help to pass a bill that provides funding to address the impacts of climate change in Massachusetts!   Please call your legislators by Monday, June 17th at 5 pm and ask them to support this bill. This bill will create a new, reliable and significant source of funding to help cities and towns protect themselves… Read more »

First Mass River Summit brings member groups from across the state (and Rhode Island!)

“We’re a different breed in the Berkshires.” “I wish people wouldn’t talk about ‘the towns’ as if they’re completely separate. The towns are us. We live and work in towns.” “We calculated the amount of dog poop produced each day in the South River watershed and it weighs as much as an elephant!” These were… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Help Us Protect Rivers from Hydropower Dams!

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has proposed new regulations for hydropower dams that would harm our rivers. DOER is proposing that generators would have to undergo just one review to receive a lifetime certification as a river-friendly facility. This certification would entitle them to a lifetime of benefits from the state as providers of environmentally sustainable energy. … Read more »