River News

Please Make a Call to Thank Our State Representatives!

Thank you all for getting the word out to your state senators about the sewage notification bill (H.4921)! We heard from so many offices that they were getting a lot of calls from constituents – thank you for making that happen! We wanted to share that despite our best efforts on Friday, unfortunately we could not get… Read more »

Press Release: MA House passes sewage notification bill

MA House Passes Bill to Alert Residents of Sewage Overflows into Waterways (BOSTON) – The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a bill to require public notification when untreated sewage overflows into a waterway. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen), Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville), and Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) is urgently needed… Read more »

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Help move the sewage notification bill through the Senate!

We are delighted to share that last evening, under the leadership of bill lead sponsor Rep. Campbell and co-lead Rep. Provost, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously (159-0) passed the sewage notification bill (now H.4921)! We want to first say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reached out to their state reps! However, the fight is not over… Read more »

URGENT ACTION ALERT! Help us protect rivers and the public from sewage!

Please join us in calling your state representative today (7/27) or tomorrow morning (7/28) before 10 am to help pass the sewage notification bill and protect our rivers! State Representative Linda Dean Campbell has filed the sewage notification bill as an amendment to a major public health legislation package that the House will be taking up… Read more »

New Policy Specialist!

Mass Rivers is delighted to announce that Katharine Lange has joined our team this month as our Policy Specialist. Katharine earned her Master’s of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Connecticut. She previously worked for the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, advocating for conservation policy on behalf… Read more »

Mosquito Legislation Signed by Governor

On July 16, the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted the final version of the Mosquito Control Reform bill and this week the Governor signed the bill into law. We want to thank everyone who joined our call to action to call and email legislators to improve this bill. While we are still concerned about a… Read more »

Significant Drought Persists

Low precipitation since May and above normal temperatures this summer overall have led to dry conditions across the Commonwealth and steep declines in precipitation and streamflow in several regions. As a result, in June Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 2 – Significant Drought in the Connecticut River Valley, Western,… Read more »

Congresswoman Lori Trahan Leads Push for Federal Funding to Help Rivers

We want to recognize Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her tremendous advocacy for water infrastructure funding in the latest U.S. House infrastructure package, The Moving Forward Act. Congresswoman Trahan has been a strong partner for our organization and our member organizations in the Merrimack watershed, in particular on the issue of sewage overflows. The Moving Forward… Read more »

A Message from Mass Rivers

As people on the planet, we are connected. We are connected by our shared experiences, and our shared humanity, much as rivers connect our communities. The board and staff at Mass Rivers Alliance would like to make clear that we stand for social and environmental justice, and for solidarity among all people, regardless of race,… Read more »

Action Alert: Tell Your State Legislator to Oppose Mosquito Spraying Bill

Background: As you may recall from our recent action alert, Governor Baker recently filed a bill (H.4650, “An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth) that would give state authorities dangerously broad authority to eradicate mosquitoes through means that include chemical spraying.  Rep. Dykema and Sen. Hinds are now circulating a Dear Colleague letter to their… Read more »