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CRWA urges the Commonwealth to Protect Water Resources

Quabbin Reservoir

CRWA commented extensively on the state’s proposed revisions to the Interbasin Transfer Act regulations, which set forth the process and criteria for approving transfers of water and wastewater from one watershed to another. To protect against increased droughts, higher temperatures, and water shortages under climate change, the proposed regulations require a significant rewrite. Among the changes CRWA is urging are: the use of environmentally protective streamflow and biological criteria developed under the MA Sustainable Water Management Initiative, robust local water resource management plans by applicants, and more information on which to base transfer decisions by the Water Resources Commission. We also oppose “pre-approving” for 20 years a volume of water that the MA Water Resources Authority may sell to as yet unidentified communities. Read CRWA’s comments.

DEP Releases Proposed Rules to Curb Emissions

Wind Turbine

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued draft regulations that would limit green house gas emissions. These regulations are being developed pursuant to a Supreme Judicial Court decision that directed the agency to develop new rules to ensure the state meets its obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act. Highlights of the proposed regulations include:

  • Annually declining limits on greenhouse gas emissions from Massachusetts power plants.
  • Requirements for utilities to purchase an increasing percentage of clean energy each year.
  • Annually declining limits on methane leaks from the natural gas distribution system.
  • Declining CO2 emission limits from the transportation sector, a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissons in the state. 

DEP will hold public hearings about these proposed rules in February. Oral comments may be presented at the public hearings. Written comments may be submitted through February 24, 2017. 

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