River News

Big Budget Win for Rivers

We did it! After many years of staff losses at our state environmental agencies due to budget cuts, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Ecological Restoration and the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Office of Water Resources have received significant state budget boosts for FY2019. These programs are critical to water protection, river restoration,… Read more »

Call State House by July 12 noon

We need your help to protect rivers, public health, and to speak up for environmental justice!  Please call your State Senator today to ask him or her to cosponsor these four important amendments to the environmental bond bill – you must call by Thursday, July 12 noon. Amendment #174 Awareness of Sewage Pollution in Public Waters (filed by… 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 »

Rivers Month Photo Contest

June is National Rivers Month and here at Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, that’s kind of a big deal. We love rivers, the wild and scenic ones and the hip urban ones too. We love the animals that live in and near them and what rivers mean to our families. So to celebrate this great month, we… Read more »

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 »