Help Protect the Ipswich River from Excessive Withdrawals!

Ipswich River | Photo courtesy of the Ipswich River Watershed Association

The Ipswich River is the main drinking water source for Northeastern Massachusetts, but excessive water withdrawals made worse by climate change are putting both the ecosystem and the region’s water security at risk.

Following two severe droughts in the last five years and pressure from communities and watershed associations across the state, agency officials have now proposed changes to how Massachusetts regulates water use during drought. You can help make sure those changes pass.

A proposed amendment to the state’s water regulations would reign in water withdrawals during drought by restricting non-essential outdoor water use. This is a good first step, but it’s not enough.

Please join us in telling Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to pass the amendments and then go further to protect our communities in the face of climate change. Massachusetts must manage water supplies to prevent drought, not just react once it’s already arrived.

The clock is ticking: people only have until July 26th to send comments to DEP to support the new regulations and urge them to go further.

Please join us before 5pm EST on July 26th by asking Massachusetts DEP to create a resilient water management system that is preventative rather than reactive, to protect rivers and account for climate change. The time is now!

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