Riverways Program, within the Division of Ecological Restoration works with local, state, and federal partners to promote and establish policies that protect and restore valuable riverine and watershed resources.
The Riverways Program was established within DFWELE in 1987 in recognition that river and stream corridors are a crucial component of the state's ecological infrastructure and that protection of these watershed resources could not be accomplished through land acquisition alone. The Riverways Program was created to encourage and support local river protection initiatives as a vital complement to state action. (M.G.L. Ch21A Sec.8)
In 2009 the Riverways Program and Coastal Zone Managementís Wetland Restoration Program were merged to create a Division of Ecological Restoration. The Riverways Program remains a vital component and separate but integrated program with the Division of Ecological Restoration.
Riverways is based on the belief that local action is the key to river protection. Riverways staff work side-by-side with local citizens, town officials, watershed-based groups and other partners to restore and protect the stateís rivers and their ecosystems. In addition, Riverways believes in working with partners from state agencies, federal agencies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to ensure that policies, actions and regulations protect river and riverine systems.
Riverways recognizes that by protecting rivers, streams and adjacent lands, we are also protecting the unique character and livability of our communities. Protected and restored rivers and stream will bring tourists, anglers, hunters, birders and hikers to Massachusetts destinations. In addition, healthy rivers will provide exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities close to home for Massachusetts residents and visitors, contributing to the high quality of life so essential for attracting and retaining top-notch employers and workers and for providing clean water for human health.