About the Initiative:
"On November 29, 2012, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) released the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) Framework. A precursor to the revision of regulations under the Water Management Act, the framework represents over two years of dedicated research, stakeholder input, and public outreach.
In 2010 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs created the Sustainable Water Management Advisory Committee comprised of a wide range of stakeholders and supported by staff from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Working with the Water Management Act Advisory Committee and the Water Resources Commission, the Committee advised EEA and its agencies on the development of a water allocation program that examined solutions to satisfying water needs while recognizing ecological issues such as low streamflow."
Continue reading on the MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) website.
Chelmsford Water District Comments:
Due to the changes proposed by the MA DEP, to the Water Management Act, under the title "Sustainable Water Management Initiative", the Chelmsford Water District wanted the water takers to have access, at their time and leisure, to review information related to the Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI).
Local News Articles:
- "Divergent opinions on proposed water regs" - The Lowell Sun
- "Proposed state water regs spur wave of worries" - The Lowell Sun
- "DEP's new rules may be drain on water districts" - The Lowell Sun
- "Mass. proposing water rules that could impact South Shore towns" - The Patriot Ledger
- "Environmental groups appeal Shrewsbury water permit" - Telegram
- "Industry group say new MA rules to raise water rates in many towns" - Boston Business Journal