Ipswich River Testifies Against State Takeover of Federal Water Pollution Control Program

Executive Director Wayne Castonguay testified before the legislature on October 10 against House Bill 2777 which would transfer control of the Federal Clean Water Act implementation from the EPA to MassDEP. Joining Wayne on the panel are Patrick Herron, Executive Director of the Mystic River Watershed Association and Benn Hellerstein, Executive Director of Environment Massachusetts

Executive Director Wayne Castonguay joined dozens of environmental advocates at the State House in testifying against House Bill 2777 which would transfer management of some of the federal Clean Water Acts permitting programs from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection(MassDEP).  The Landmark Clean Water Act passed in 1972 has been instrumental in cleaning up our waterways. Ipswich River opposes the legislation because the MassDEP lacks the resources and staff to adequately manage the program and as a state executive agency is much more subject to political pressure than the EPA which could weaken water pollution control permits. “Simply put,” says Wayne, “we fear that transfer of the program from the EPA to the state could increase pollution in the Ipswich River.” Ipswich River joined 36 of its Rivers Alliance Colleagues from around the state in opposing the legislation. For more information, click here.