Thurs., March 30: First Annual “Lobby for the Rivers Day” at Mass Statehouse

While challenges to federal environmental protections seem to be coming fast and furious, we in Massachusetts have an advantage: our state legislators and the Baker Administration have the ability to provide leadership on the environmental front that may be lacking elsewhere.

But as an article in the Boston Globe attests, even our state political leaders need to hear more from their constituents more often on the environment. Can you take an afternoon to turn your political frustration into meaningful action?

Join NepRWA and the Mass Rivers Alliance for the first annual Statehouse “Lobby for the Rivers Day”, on Thursday, March 30.

We will congregate at the Statehouse at 11 AM. The day begins with a quick training and issue briefing for attendees, and then we head out into the halls to make our case.

NepRWA’s Executive Director, Ian Cooke, will be scheduling meetings with key legislators all afternoon, and we would love to have a group of local volunteers come with us. You’ll be surprised how eager your legislators are to hear about your concerns and priorities, and how important this kind of simple grassroots democracy really is.

Please pre-register with the Mass Rivers Alliance by March 22. They will tell us you are coming so we can coordinate our meetings (and perhaps carpool to the event). The Rivers Alliance will also prepare district-specific materials for you.

You are welcome to bring up whatever issues are of interest to you, but of course we hope you’ll focus on issues that matter to rivers!

Some of the issues at the top of NepRWA’s agenda include:

  • The drought management bill (S.425/H.2115)
  • Funding for environmental agencies in the state budget (H.1)
  • The water banking bill (S.1126/H.2116), and
  • The water quality bill (H.2139)
  • The Willett Pond bill (H.1886)

Click the links above to view these pieces of legislation, or read more about our priorities in our earlier blog post on this topic and see if your rep or senator was a co-sponsor.

For questions, or to let us know you are coming call or email Ian Cooke at 781-575-0354 x 305 or cooke@neponset.org.

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it.”

― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

 

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