The Division of Ecological Restoration has a long tradition of assisting citizens and local organizations under the banner of the Riverways Program.

Whether it’s assisting with Urban River Revitalization or building support for stream teams, Riverways Program staff empowers citizens, town officials, watershed-based groups and other partners to restore and protect the state’s rivers and their ecosystems. In addition, we believe in working with partners from state agencies, federal agencies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to ensure that policies, actions and regulations protect rivers and watersheds.

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, 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.