All State Policies: Massachusetts
Below are short descriptions of relevant state agencies/departments by policy topic, followed by more information on specific policies.
Drinking Water: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulates the state’s drinking water. The Drinking Water Program administers and enforces the Safe Drinking Water Act and associated federal regulations, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Sections 159 and 160, and associated state regulations, and The Water Management Act.
Bolstering CWA Protections
Massachusetts Constitution, Part the First, Art. XCVII.
“The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment; and the protection of the people in their right to the conservation, development and utilization of the agricultural, mineral, forest, water, air and other natural resources is hereby declared to be a public purpose. The general court shall have the power to enact legislation necessary or expedient to protect such rights.”