Last week, the Blackstone River Coalition, the Blackstone River Watershed Association, the Blackstone Headwaters Coalition and twelve citizens joined in filing an administrative appeal of the water withdrawal permit recently issued to the Town of Shrewsbury by the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The permit authorizes water withdrawals of almost half a million additional gallons a day (mgd) , in addition to the 3.9 mgd authorized in 1210. Even the current level of pumping is more than Poor Farm Brook, a designated cold-water fishery can sustain. The appellants claim “…the provisions in the modified permit fail to preserve Poor Farm Brook and downstream water resources.”......Read More
The Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) is a partnership of numerous organizations, businesses, agencies, municipalities and individuals working to restore the Blackstone River and to improve the health of the Blackstone River Watershed.
The BRC's mission is to restore and protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors, and to advocate for sound land use in the Blackstone River watershed.
A partnership of member organizations, the Blackstone River Coalition seeks to enhance communication, efficiency, and the interaction among community stakeholders, state agencies, and federal agencies as we work together to achieve our mission.