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April 17, 2017


Our Rivers, Our Communities, Our Watershed
Action Alert

Attend the public meeting about the Natural Valley Storage Area


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is holding a public meeting at the Millis Public Library at 5pm tomorrow, April 19 to discuss proposed revisions to its Master Plan for the Charles River Natural Valley Storage Area (NVSA). The NVSA is a unique resource, comprised of more than 8,000 acres of land that CRWA helped the USACE permanently protect to provide flood storage in 16 Charles River communities including Bellingham, Boston, Dedham, Dover, Franklin, Holliston, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham (view map). The NVSA wetlands, which act as a giant sponge, are critical to protecting downstream communities from flooding—a problem that will intensify as climate change brings more extreme storms to the region. The NVSA provides an oasis of interconnected habitat for rare plants and wildlife, filters polluted stormwater runoff, and has prevented more than $11 million dollars in flood damage.

NVSA lands are already open to the public, however in its revised Master Plan, the USACE is suggesting the development of formal recreational trails on these lands. CRWA is concerned about the environmental impact of open space development and new trails in the NVSA. We invite you to join CRWA at the public meeting to make your voice heard.

Urge your state representatives to co-sponsor the Green Budget amendments

Green Budget

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is currently considering amendments to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. State agencies need adequate funding to prevent pollution, ensure clean water and make MA more resilient to climate change. Urge your State Representative to co-sponsor the Green Budget amendments. The House take up the budget next week, so please call and/or email by Monday, April 24th. CRWA's priority green budget amendments include: 

  • DEP Administration, line-Item 2200-0100 (Amendment 1196) filed by Rep. Rogers
    Increases funding to $30,000,000 for the Department of Environmental Protection which prevents pollution, issues permits and enforces state laws to protect the environment
  • DCR State Parks & Recreation, line-Item: 2810-0100 (Amendment 839) ) filed by Rep. Schmid 
    Increases funding to $42,000,000 for the Department of Conservation and Recreation which is responsible for maintaining and staffing state parks, parkways, beaches, forests, and recreational facilities. 
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Control, line-item 2810-0100 (Amendment 898) filed by Khan, Kay
    Proposes funding in the amount of $350,000 for invasive aquatic weed removal throughout the Commonwealth by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) including removal of the invasive water chestnut which plagues the Charles River in Newton and Waltham.
  • Climate Adaptation & Preparedness, line-item 2000-0101 (Amendment 830)  filed by Rep. Smizik
    Increases funding to $200,000 for establishing a climate change strategy for Massachusetts. 
  • DCR Watershed Management, line-Item 2800-0101 (Amendment 1073) filed by Rep. Dykema
    Increases funding to $1,100,000 for DCR watershed management. This program conducts and helps fund critical research on water resources in Massachusetts, ensuring the protection of the drinking water supply for approximately 2.5 million residents in the Commonwealth and assists communities with floodplain management. 

Let your voice be heard!  Find your representative and look up contact information here. Thank you!

Join CRWA at the March for Science in Boston

Watershed ModelThis Earth Day, demonstrate that science matters to you by attending the March for Science rally on the Boston Common, April 22. Kid-friendly entertainment begins at 1pm. The rally starts at 2pm with powerful speakers including Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. CRWA will be at the Kids Corner with our watershed-in-a-box from 2pm-4pm. Stop by to say hello. Learn more or sign up to attend

Charles River Watershed Association's mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. For more information about CRWA and our current programs, please visit