Clean Water Act permitting. Drought policy. Wastewater treatment plant discharges. Large water withdrawals. Construction in environmentally sensitive areas. Toxic waste sites. These are just a few of the issues we've spoken out on recently. OARS uses science-based advocacy to work towards our vision of a clean, healthy river system. Using OARS' water quality and biomass monitoring data, and working with other technical organizations, scientists and watershed advocates, OARS staff review projects, policies, regulations, and implementation of environmental laws, at the local, state and federal level.
Recent success: In 2010 OARS successfully appealed a permit modification that would have allowed a 44% increase in effluent discharge from Marlborough.
More about how OARS Advocates for the Rivers
Wild and Scenic: OARS serves on the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council, a partnership of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Twenty-nine river miles of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord are designated as "Wild and Scenic," recognized for their outstanding ecology, history, scenery, recreation values, and place in American literature.
Wastewater and Advocacy: Together the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord rivers receive the treated wastewater from eight wastewater treatment facilities serving 10 municipalities. See how OARS is working to reduce the impacts of these discharges.
State and Federal Policy: State and Federal policy and regulation provides the essential framework for managing our water resources. See how OARS adds its voice to the ongoing reviews of State and Federal policy and law.
Comments and Appeals: One way that OARS' voice is heard is through commenting on, and appealing if necessary, environmental decisions. Copies of Comment Letters and Appeals are posted here.
Other Relevant Websites: We are not alone! There are many other organizations and individuals working on these topics.
The search for clean sources of energy has turned a spotlight on small-scale hydropower. Does Hydropower have a role on the Assabet in the future as it once did in the past?