River News

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 »

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 »