Make a Call Today for our Rivers!

Check out the Boston Globe editorial on why delegating water pollution control permitting from the EPA to the state would be bad for our rivers.

Governor Baker's administration is trying to pass a bill (H.2777) that would permanently transfer water pollution control in Massachusetts from the federal government to the state.

Here's why it would hurt our rivers:

  • Due to a decade of budget cuts, water pollution control programs at MassDEP are severely underfunded and understaffed. They are not meeting their current responsibilities and are not equipped to take on even more.
  • Those in favor of this change are hoping MassDEP will be more "flexible" than EPA, allowing more pollutants in our rivers, streams, and coastal waters.
  • The EPA currently provides this program at no cost to the state. The administration is proposing a budget line item for the program of $5.7M to be approved annually by the legislature; studies have estimated the true cost at $10M+.

We have a better idea: Invest in fixing our state's water pollution control program first by passing H. 2139, an Act to improve water quality and pollution control programs.

  • We should first identify the gaps in MassDEP's data collection, analysis, monitoring, and enforcement and find sustainable sources of funding to fix them.

The current system has dramatically cleaned up our rivers over the past two decades - let's not ditch it.

Please call your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support H.2139 and oppose H.2777. Look up your legislators here.
Read H.2139, an Act to improve water quality and pollution control programs.

Thank you!

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is _________ and I live in ________. I am calling to ask Representative/Senator ________ to support House bill 2139, an Act to improve water quality and pollution control programs, and oppose House bill 2777, an Act to enable the Commonwealth's administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

I think it is important to identify the gaps in our state water pollution program first and fix them rather than taking on a federal program at state expense. Thank you for your consideration."

OARS' Executive Director Alison Field-Juma testified before the Committee at the State House hearing on October 10th. Read it here!