River News

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 under 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… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Thank MA House Ways and Means Committee for Supporting Rivers!

Recently, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Mass Rivers prioritizes and advocates for funding for three state environmental agencies that are tasked with improving and protecting rivers in the Commonwealth. These agencies include the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of… 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 »

Second Mass Rivers Lobby Day a Success

This past Thursday, Mass Rivers hosted our second Lobby for the Rivers Day. This day of advocacy on Beacon Hill provides an opportunity for our member organizations, individual members and residents to engage with their elected officials and raise their voice for rivers across the state.  The event was sponsored by Representative Carolyn Dykema and… Read more »

Legislators Cosponsor Sewage Pollution Notification Bill

A big thank you to the 83 legislators who have signed on in support of An Act promoting awareness of sewage pollution in public waters (S.490/H.751), sponsored by Senator Pat Jehlen, Representative Linda Dean Cambpell and Representative Denise Provost. This legislation would require that the public is notified whenever there is a sewage spill in… Read more »

A Wild and Scenic Coalition is Born

In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Wild and Scenic River System. In the wake of the impressive anniversary successes, however, one might ask, “So, now what?” Luckily, the rivers community asked that question some time ago. The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance was an enthusiastic contributor to the 50th anniversary, celebrating… Read more »

Registration open for Lobby for the Rivers Day 2019!

We are excited to announce the kick-off for our 2019 Lobby for the Rivers Day!  With environmental regulations being rolled back weekly at the federal level, it is more important than ever that we have strong protections for our waterways at the local level. We need your help to make sure that happens!  For those… Read more »

ACTION ALERT: Our rivers need your support!

We need your help to gather support for two bills at the Massachusetts State House that will benefit our rivers!  Please call your state representative and state senator by Friday, February 1st at 3 pm to ask them to sign on as a cosponsor for two bills that would benefit rivers in Massachusetts. If you want… Read more »

Mass Rivers 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner A Success

Thank you to all the 200+ attendees of our 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner! We were delighted to have a great group of river activists, enthusiasts and practitioners gathered for this event. A special thank you to our Guest Speaker, Tim Palmer, author and photographer of the Wild and Scenic Rivers movement, who helped us… Read more »

Mass Rivers Annual Meeting and Dinner

Please join us on Wednesday, December 5th, 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 our friends and colleagues for a warm and lively evening of celebrating our… Read more »