News Release | Environment Massachusetts

President Obama Signs Lands Bill into Law Preserving Wild Areas in Massachusetts and Around the Nation

Boston, MA - Today, as President Obama signs into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, Environment Massachusetts will be at the White House to witness it.  Once enacted, two million acres of land will be designated wilderness in nine states, which is the largest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 15 years.  However, the package of bills goes beyond wilderness designations.  It also designates national heritage areas, national scenic trails, and national conservation areas.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environmental Bond Clears the House

Boston- Late last night the Environmental Bond (now bill H5005) was passed by the House. During his speech introducing the bill, Representative Frank Smizik, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, expressed his appreciation to the Coalition for the Environmental Bond, a coalition of over 260 organizations and businesses across the state, including Environment Massachusetts, that have been working for the bill's passage.

 

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PATRICK-MURRAY BUDGET TO RECOMMEND MORE THAN $100 MILLION FOR PARKS AGENCY

BOSTON – Friday, January 18, 2008 – Governor Deval Patrick is proposing funding of $100.6 million for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in his budget for Fiscal Year 2009 – an increase of $7.7 million, or 8.3 percent, from FY 2008, and $16.7 million, or 20 percent, from FY 2007.

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On the Clean Water Act's 35th Anniversary, Polluters Continue to Contaminate Massachusetts' Waterways

Boston, MA— More than 75% percent of industrial and municipal facilities across Massachusetts discharged more pollution into our waterways than their Clean Water Act permits allow in 2005, according to Troubled Waters: An analysis of Clean Water Act compliance, a new report released today by Environment Massachusetts.

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House Budget Fails to Adequately Fund State Forests and Parks

“While turning our forests and parks around will take long term investment and stewardship, the House Committee on Ways and Means missed a critical first step today,” said Jen Baker from Environment Massachusetts, the new home of MASSPIRG’s environmental work. “We cannot continue starving these public treasures.  Continued under-funding means fewer rangers, more environmental damage, more trash on the trails, more closed parks, fewer educational programs and less recreational opportunities.” 

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