Advocacy Alert: Huge Opportunity for Change!

On Tuesday, September 12th, MassDEP will hold a public meeting regarding a petition that Mass Rivers Alliance filed in March. The meeting will take place at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms B, C and D, Boston, MA 02114, at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

An issue of critical importance to the Ipswich River watershed needs your support and help! On Tuesday, September 12th, staff and supporters of the Ipswich River Watershed Association will join with the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, fellow watershed groups and environmental advocates at a Public Meeting in Boston, to discuss the application of uniform water conservation standards upon all municipal water withdrawals throughout the state.

Approximately one third of Massachusetts communities are registered-only and exempt from State water conservation standards

The Massachusetts rivers community has filed a formal petition asking MA DEP to impose basic conservations standards on all water withdrawals. Currently, more than 80% of municipal withdrawals from the Ipswich River (and 60% statewide) are exempt from any water conservation requirements, even during severe droughts. These withdrawals, known as “Registrations”, were grandfathered when the Water Management Act was passed by the State Legislature in 1986. The courts have said that the DEP has the authority to regulate Registrations, but they have chosen not to. The request being made by this petition raises a basic question of equity in addition to the environmental consequences. All communities using a shared resource should be treated the same.

  • Mass Rivers Alliance has released a statement advising us about Citizen Action. To read the petition and learn more about the history of this issue, click here.
  • For for supplemental information on the Ipswich River & registrations click here.

Please help us convince MassDEP that the state should take this important step forward in protecting our rivers, streams, and water supplies by doing one (or all) of the following:

  1. Submit written comments on or before Tuesday, September 12 to:

Karen Crocker MassDEP Deputy General Counsel II
One Winter Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Karen.Crocker@State.MA.US
(617) 556-1195

  1. Come to the meeting in person.
  2. Testify at the meeting and submit written comments.

This is one of the biggest opportunities ever to make real change for the Ipswich River and rivers across the State. We need as many members to attend as possible! We hope you can join us in being a voice for the river.

Call Wayne at 978-412-8200 or email wcastonguay@ipswichriver.org for details and planning. You may also contact Gabby Queenan at gabbyqueenan@massriversalliance.org. Thank you!