River News

Mass Rivers receives $15,000 match

Mass Rivers received a $15,000 challenge grant for our drought management work. Thanks to the generous response from new and renewing members, Mass Rivers is just $2000 short of reaching our goal. All new member donations will be matched at 100%. Donation increases from existing members will also be matched. Qualifying donations must be received… Read more »

EPA seeks input on regulatory reform

The Trump administration has issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”  In accordance with this order, the EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.  Please submit your comments on the EPA website page set up for receiving input on this order.  Please let the administration know… Read more »

Baker Administration Proposes Bill to Weaken Water Protections

The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance released the following statement in response to a proposal from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to transfer control over the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance opposes Governor Baker’s proposal to delegate… Read more »

March 30: Lobby for the Rivers Day!

  The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance invites you to participate in the first-ever Lobby for the Rivers Day, on Thursday, March 30th at 11 am, at the State House in Boston. With a new administration in Washington weakening river protection, and news of water disasters around the country, our rivers desperately need our help. One critically important,… Read more »

The Shape of Rivers

Please join us on March 9, at 6:30 pm at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln for a a special event. “The Shape of Rivers” will be a dynamic conversation between the artist, Fritz Horstman and MIT geophysicist, Daniel Rothman on how water flows through natural landscapes.  Horstman’s sculptures explore human construction and… Read more »

Call your local Rep/Sen to protect our rivers!

The Mass Rivers legislative priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session are out and now we need YOUR help to make sure these bills pass! Click here for the list of bills that Mass Rivers is supporting this session. The bills are listed in order of priority and our number one priority this session is a… Read more »

Mass Rivers Gears Up for 2017

As a new administration prepares to move into the Oval Office, Mass Rivers is preparing for what may be one of our most challenging years yet. We’ll be pushing back against new threats to water, and building on our recent accomplishments. Here is a brief summary of the issues in 2016 that threatened our rivers… Read more »

Summer’s Over but the Drought Isn’t

On Friday, October 6th, Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton expanded the drought declaration across the entire state. The new drought classifications for the state include the following: • West Region: Watch • Connecticut River Region: Warning • Central Region: Warning • Northeast Region: Warning • Southeast Region: Warning • Cape & Islands: Watch The Northeast… Read more »

Mass Rivers offers workshop on new WMA regulations

On October 26 Mass Rivers is offering an important training on how to protect your local rivers and streams under the new “SWMI” regulations.  After a long delay, MassDEP is starting to issue water withdrawal permits under the new “SWMI” (Sustainable Water Management Initiative) regulations.  This workshop offers an opportunity to learn about MassDEP’s new… Read more »

Drought declaration expanded

Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton acknowledged the severity of the current drought today when he expanded the drought declaration across the entire state.  The most severely affected areas, in the northeast and central areas were upgraded to “Drought Warning,” the last step before “Drought Emergency.”  The Secretary urged total outdoor water bans in these two areas,… Read more »