ADVOCACY

Mass Rivers works alongside a community of environmental advocates and state agency staff who are working for clean rivers for healthy communities. It takes a village! 

DROUGHT

Drought Management Task Force - This group comprised of state agency staff and other stakeholders determines the drought level for all drought regions in Massachusetts. Mass Rivers members are encouraged to send their drought photos to Julia so she may present them during Task Force meetings. Find the next meeting >>

Water Management Act Stakeholders Group - initiated by the Department of Environmental Protection, this group is giving feedback to DEP's proposed changes to water registrations to condition water use during drought. There were two meetings in early 2021, and we'll update members if DEP announces any more. See presentation materials >> 

ESTUARIES

Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership (MassBays) - The Environmental Protection Agency operates National Estuary Partnership programs as part of the Clean Water Act. Since 1990, MassBays works to protect Cape Cod Bay, Ipswich Bay, and Massachusetts Bay. Learn more >>

FEDERAL

Clean Water for All Coalition - A national group of organizations working on clean water for environmental and public health.  See more >>

River Network - The national coalition of river and watershed focused organizations, who host an annual River Rally and coordinate action days in Congress. See more >>

MOSQUITO CONTROL REFORM

Mosquito Control for the Twenty-First Century Task Force - This group was created by statute passed in 2017 and is studying current mosquito control practices in the state before recommending changes, particularly around pesticide usage. Find the next meeting >>

Massquito Coalition - Working for nature-based solutions to controlling arbovirus in Massachusetts that avoid toxic pesticides. 

Learn about mosquito control in Massachusetts and how you can opt-out of pesticide spraying >> *link forthcoming*

STORMWATER

Massachusetts Stormwater Management Updates Advisory Committee - Convened by the Department of Environmental Protection, this group will advise the State as it updates stormwater regulations under both the Stormwater Handbook and the Wetlands Protection Act to align with current precipitation predictions and with MS4 permits. Learn more >>