Water Management Act (Massachusetts)

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Place Massachusetts


Name Water Management Act (Massachusetts)

Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleII/Chapter21g

Last Review 2014-05-30
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/watersheds/water-management-act-program.html


This Act regulates and registers water withdrawals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to enable effective planning and management of water use and conservation. The Act establishes a Water Resources Management Advisory Committee within the MA Department of Environmental Protection to oversee the development of standards, rules and regulations for water resources management. The DEP, after consultation with the advisory committee and with the approval of the commission, shall adopt such regulations as it deems necessary for the purposes of this chapter, establishing a mechanism for managing ground and surface water in the commonwealth as a single hydrological system and ensuring, where necessary, a balance among competing water withdrawals and uses. Additionally, this Act requires certificates to be obtained prior to any well drilling activity. These regulations can be found in the Water Management Policy: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/approvals/appendix.pdf. Regulations regarding this Act, which comprise the Water Resources Management Program, can be found in 310 CMR 36.00, 313 CMR 2.00, 4.00, and 5.00.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Duane Levangie
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Water, Wastewater and Wetlands
Address One Winter Street, Boston, MA, 02108

Phone 617-292-5706

Email duane.levangie@state.ma.us
Website http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/index.htm

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 21G 1-20

Authority 2: 310 CMR 36.00