The Massachusetts Water Resources Commission (WRC) is chaired by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Matthew A. Beaton., and is comprised of state officials and public members who are responsible for developing, coordinating and overseeing the Commonwealth's water policy and planning activities.
- See Chapter 21A, Sections 8A - 8F of the M.G.L. (WRC)
- See Chapter 21, Sections 8B - 8D, M.G.L. (Interbasin Transfer Act)
In addition to statewide water policy planning and oversight, the Commission advises the Department of Environmental Protection ( MassDEP ) in the administration and enforcement of water pollution control and water management policies and regulations.
Primary Activities of WRC
- Development of new water resource policies for the state, including technical documents supporting such policies
- Implementation of the Interbasin Transfer Act (ITA), including the review and approval of transfers of water or wastewater between any of the Commonwealth's 28 river basins (including the Massachusetts Coastal Basin) under the Interbasin Transfer Act.
Role of the Office of Water Resources
The Office of Water Resources (OWR) in the Department of Conservation and Recreation provides technical and staff support, including scientists, hydrogeolists, and water policy specialists, to the Commission.
The OWR assists the WRC in conducting scientific research and developing water policy. The OWR maintains the administrative record for the Commission's Interbasin Transfer reviews and coordinates EEA agency review of Interbasin Transfer applications.
Interbasin Transfer Act
The WRC has responsibility for the review and approval of transfers of water or wastewater between any of the Commonwealth's 28 river basins (including the Massachusetts Coastal Basin) under the ITA. The OWR also provides technical review of applications and advises the Commission on regulatory and technical issues concerning the ITA.
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Water Resources Commission
c/o DCR Office of Water Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-1248