The health of our waterways is far better than generations ago but many Massachusetts rivers still contend with a number of issues that impact water quality. DER works with volunteer-based monitoring initiatives to help with writing project plans, data interpretation, quality control and assurance, and report writing. DER has begun to explore Social Marketing tools to help groups increase the effectiveness of outreach activities, including funding a training workshop and an on-the-ground project. DER is also developing a water quality restoration program to build the capacity of groups and communities to achieve measurable water quality improvements in their local rivers, streams and estuaries. Explore information below to find more on these initiatives.