LOBBY FOR THE RIVERS DAY 2021

VIRTUAL

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March 18

Co-hosted by Senator Rebecca Rausch and Representative Carolyn Dykema

THANK YOU!

This was our third and largest Lobby for the Rivers Day, with 170 participants!

 

We held 71 legislator meetings, and even more of you reached out to your legislators by phone or email to discuss our priority bills and provide a voice for rivers. 

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We started the day with an Opening Session, featuring remarks from the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture (ENRA), Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Rebecca Rausch. 

We also heard from ENRA Vice Chair Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Lenny Mirra, Senator Anne Gobi, Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and were joined by Representative Erika Uyterhoeven, Representative Steve Owens, and Representative Rob Consalvo.

ENRA Chair Dykema setting the tone for Lobby for the Rivers Day 2021 during Opening Session.

ENRA Chair Rausch addressing over 100 river advocates during the Opening Session of Lobby for the Rivers Day 2021.

We discussed bills on invasive species and drought management, and four budget priorities to fund state agencies who do critical environmental work for the Commonwealth. Learn more about our legislative and budget priorities >>

 

Since our legislator meetings, we've already seen legislators sign-on to these bills as co-sponsors. 

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Advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association, Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and OARS meeting with Senate President Karen Spilka's office.

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Advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association, Nashua River Watershed Association, Neponset River Watershed Association, and OARS meeting with Senator Eldridge and his staff.

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Andrea Donlon and Stacey Lennard from the Connecticut River Conservancy met with Representative Dan Carey to talk about river issues facing their region.

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Advocates from Mass Rivers Alliance, Mystic River Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Alliance of Boaters, Community Rowing, Muddy River Initiative meeting with Senator Brownsberger's staff.

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Representative Jones meeting with constituents, including advocates from the Ipswich River Watershed Association and the Town of Lynnfield.

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Patrick Lynch from the Ipswich River Watershed Association and environmental champion Margaret Van Dusen meeting with Representative Paul Tucker of Salem.

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Representative Fluker Oakley meeting with advocates from the Neponset River Watershed Association.

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Representative Connolly and his staff meeting with Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Watershed Association, and Mystic River Watershed Association.

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Representative Moran's staff meeting with advocates from the Charles River Alliance of Boaters, Charles River Conservancy, and the Charles River Watershed Association. 

Representative Owens meeting with the Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Watershed Association, Mystic River Watershed Association, and The Nature Conservancy.

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Connecticut River Conservancy meeting with Representative Sabadosa.

Senator Jehlen's office meeting with advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association, Mass Rivers Alliance, Mystic River Watershed Association, and The Nature Conservancy.

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Representative Chan's staff meeting with the Neponset River Watershed Association.

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Representative Mark's staff meeting with advocates from the Connecticut River Conservancy, Greenfield River Watershed Association, Greening Greenfield, and NOFA Mass.

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Senator Feeney meeting with advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association, Friends of the Ten Mile River, Neponset River Watershed Association, and the Walpole Conservation Commission.

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Advocates from the Ipswich River Watershed Association, Manchester Coastal Stream Team, Merrimack River Watershed Council, Mystic River Watershed Association, Parker River Clean Water Association met with Senator Tarr's office.

THANK YOU!

Your advocacy makes a difference on Lobby for the Rivers Day and year-round.