MassDEP Denies Mass Rivers Alliance Petition for Amendments to Water Management Act

The Mass Rivers Alliance submitted a petition in March 2017 for amendments to the Massachusetts Water Management Act (WMA) to impose conservation conditions on registrants to satisfy the WMA, conservation standards, and the Public Trust Doctrine. At a hearing on September 12, MassDEP listened to the testimony of over 30 individuals and organizations, including MCWRS President Phil Guerin and MCWRS Director Josh Schimmel, and received written comments from more than 50 individuals and organizations. Based on the input, MassDEP notified Mass Rivers Alliance on September 22 that it would not pursue WMA amendments at this time. The agency left open possible future action at the time of registration renewals in 2021. View the full story about the petition, hearing, and MassDEP’s determination.

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EPA and MassDEP Agree to Postpone Effective Date of MA Stormwater Permit

In late June, EPA agreed to our request to postpone the implementation of the Final Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) General Permit. EPA's announcement in the Federal Register delayed the permit implementation that was scheduled for July 1, 2017 by one year to July 1, 2018. MassDEP issued a letter on August 14, 2017, announcing its decision to align the state’s permit schedule with the postponement of the federal permit. The postponements were largely due to appeals that were filed by MCWRS, municipalities, and a number of other stakeholder groups. We filed our Petition for Review in the First Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals in Boston with the Town of Franklin in August 2016. Read more about our appeal in the MS4 Spotlight Story.

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