"I love both rivers and people, so bringing people together to protect our rivers is a dream job for me. I'm constantly inspired by what our small staff, together with our wonderful board, our volunteers, and our growing group of member organizations are accomplishing together. We are so fortunate in our people - and in our rivers! If you're having a meh day, get out on a river and I guarantee it will lift your spirits."
"I love rivers for the extremely vital and integral role they play in our ecosystem — serving as homes for diverse and endangered wildlife, as well as providing livelihoods, drinking water supplies, and cultural services for communities worldwide. They are ever changing, threatened systems that both nature and society rely on so heavily. That’s why I’m beyond excited to work with the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance to help protect our local rivers, restore them to their natural integrity, and create a more sustainable future for water use in the Commonwealth."
"Water is life; for humans and ecosystems. And rivers are the conduits of that lifeforce - bringing water to and through our ecosystems and communities. I believe every citizen has a basic human right to clean, safe, water for drinking, sanitation, recreation, and cultural/spiritual expression. It’s an honor to be part of an organization striving to ensure that right, by protecting and restoring the Bay State’s waterways for people and the planet."
"Rivers play a huge role in making ecosystems resilient in the face of climate change, and also are often the backbone of a community. I'm thrilled to be able to work for an organization whose mission I feel so passionately about, especially with so many great watershed associations and colleagues who share that passion."
"Growing up in California, rivers, and the relationship between rivers and the ocean, has always made a place feel like home. Rivers are transformative - whether calming or thrilling, ever changing - they change us - and what we do changes them."
“Rivers are places where my personal interests – fishing, wildlife viewing, and meditation – are bound together with my professional interests – ecology, invasive species, and environmental justice. As an ecologist, I am always awed by river ecosystems. There is so much life and it is always on the move. As each drop of water passes by, I think about its journey on the earth. It is soothing to watch water flow around rocks and spiral in eddies. Like people, these drops are on a journey. And like people they adjust and react to their surroundings. Fresh water is fundamental to life on earth, and I love being a part of MassRiver’s work to protect rivers and water in our." state
“I grew up on rivers. They are my refuge and provide me solace during both good and trying times. I am proud to work with Mass Rivers Alliance- helping to ensure that our grandkids can also grow up on clean, healthy rivers.”
Rivers and watersheds are the lifeblood of our communities, supplying our drinking water, providing great ways to have fun outdoors and one of the best places to get respite from our busy lives. More than anything though rivers are marvels of the natural world where their variability, vulnerability and magnificence is on display everyday making me want to help protect them now and for the future.
“Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by rivers as wild spaces that cut through, connect and reflect our communities whether those communities are out in the countryside or right in the city. With so many of us working to protect these places one river at a time, the Alliance keeps its eye on the big picture, bringing people together to advocate for things that all the rivers need to be healthy and vibrant.”
“I grew up on a polluted creek that drains into Lake Ontario. My friends and I swam in Irondequoit Creek regardless, but I always hoped to learn how the Creek might become safe for swimming. Mass Rivers brings science and advocacy together to restore and preserve essential waterways and communities that depend on them. The whole Commonwealth benefits from the work of MRA and the Alliance is a model for similar progress in other parts of the country (Listen up Irondequoit Creek community!).
"As an avid kayaker I love all kinds of water - rivers, lakes, and the sea. Being on or near water is where I feel the most joy. As a Massachusetts Rivers Alliance Board member my passion for water and the connectivity all the miles of rivers that flow through MA into the ocean is translated into actionable work. It is important to me to ensure our rivers are healthy and accessible for everyone for generations to come and I hope to bump into other river and clean water advocates during one of my many walks along the harbor riverfronts or from my kayak."
"I really enjoy working with the MA Rivers Alliance because it is a key voice in advocating for our rivers, the wildlife that depend them, and the needs of the fabulous people and watershed associations that work so hard to protect them."
“I love rivers and streams -- large and small, rural and urban. I particularly love our urban rivers -- the lifeblood of the cities and a valuable resource for the people and wildlife who live there. I'm so impressed by the amazing work Mass Rivers has done to preserve and further those gains.”
"I am a lifelong fan of outdoor activities and paddling has been among my favorites. [I] continue to explore local waterways, including the Charles, Sudbury, and Assabet rivers, as well as ocean coves and saltwater marshes. I have long admired the work of Mass Rivers Alliance. It has done an amazing job protecting and restoring to health the rivers I have enjoyed for most of my life."
"I love being both in and on the water, and marvel at how rivers connect us to each other in myriad ways. Serving on the Mass Rivers board is a source of great pride for me because we have become not only the leading advocate on Beacon Hill for rivers and streams, but we punch way above our weight in positively influencing legislation for the environment at large!"
"As a state environmental official, I realized that there was no statewide voice for the rivers. So many small (and sometimes large) groups seemed to be fighting their own lonely, David-and-Goliath battles, reinventing complicated wheels, to protect their cherished local streams. In 2008, three of us (including our president Mark Smith) teamed up to get this Alliance going. The integration and coordination that we imagined could happen IS happening. We have been written into legislation and we have gotten legislation passed. I love the community we helped create — people come to our events to meet folks from across the state. Our rivers are cleaner and better protected. And really, doesn’t everything depend on water?"
E. Heidi Ricci
“I feel lucky to live in a state with so many beautiful streams, from little headwater rivulets to wide mainstem rivers. The Squannacook is my favorite - with native trout, emerald damselfies, and a clear flowing water over small rapids. I'm proud to be part of the Mass Rivers Alliance and to continue to contribute to the work of its many member organizations protecting our precious waterways.”
“As a water resources engineer, I know how human activities can have a major impact on rivers. When people are careless with trash, use too much water, or replace forest with pavement, you can see the effect on the river. But there is hope! As a direct result of Mass Rivers Alliance’s work, we have seen that rivers can be healed and brought back to life. This inspires me to keep working for change.”
Mark P. Smith
All life depends on water. Rivers are the window through which we see
and understand the health of the waters in our state – and therefore the health of our communities and our environment. Rivers are both fragile and resilient. Making sure rivers remain clean, healthy and able to meet the needs of our communities is one of the biggest challenges and biggest opportunities we face. Mass Rivers is the catalyst for bringing together groups and individuals across the Commonwealth helping to meet these challenges and make the most of these opportunities – which is why I’m proud to help lead this organization.