Advocacy Alert: Drought Legislation

Photo: Ipswich River Executive Director Wayne Castonguay testifies before the MA Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture at their public hearing, held in Lenox, MA on October 30. Wayne spoke in favor of the Drought Legislation, which would allow the state to impose common sense water conservation requirements on non-essential water use during droughts. We really need your help now to get this important bill reported favorably out of committee!  

The Drought Legislation pending on Beacon Hill is the number one legislative priority for Ipswich River and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance in the current session. The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture took public testimony at their public hearing on October 30, 2017, including that from our Executive Director Wayne Castonguay. The bill has received strong bipartisan support and has many co-sponsors including many legislators from the Ipswich River Watershed. Now, the committee needs to hear from you. Please ask them to report the bill favorably out of the committee so it can be considered by the full legislature. Please take a few minutes to submit written testimony to the committee in favor of the bill by November 10. Here are some talking points prepared by the Rivers Alliance which you can use, but as always please make the letter as personal as possible by stating specific reasons why this issue is important to you. Please address the letter to:

Honorable Anne Gobi, Senate Chairwoman
Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
State House Room 513
Boston, MA 02133

Honorable William Pignatelli, House Chairman
Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
State House Room 473F
Boston, MA 02133

Testimony should be emailed to both: Serafina.Zeringo@mahouse.gov and Robert.Libin@mahouse.gov

2 Comments

  1. William G. Hooper, Jr. - November 7, 2017

    Water is a precious commodity and must be controlled on a state level rather than any individual community Level the playing field so that every one gets their fair share but restrict taking so that
    the naturalness is not destroyed.

  2. Martin E. Ross, Ph.D. - November 5, 2017

    The advantage of controlling water use at the state level rather than locally is it ensures a uniform and effective approach that avoids the problem of some communities being lax during droughts while others are more effective. Streams flow through numerous jurisdictions and it only makes sense to have a broader control.by the state. I encourage you to report SD.1828/HD.2398 favorably out of committee.

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