I am pleased to report that critical funding has been secured to protect our beloved Merrimack River. In October 2017, a 13 hour-long power outage at the Riverside Pump Station resulted in eight million gallons of raw sewage seeping into the Merrimack. In response to this alarming incident, $2 million was secured through last year’s Environmental Bond Bill toward a new emergency generator for the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD), designed to protect the Merrimack from sewage spills when there are power outages.
Recently, I met with the Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to stress the urgency behind releasing these critical funds. In late March, these monies were finally allocated, allowing the GLSD to go forward and purchase this essential generator.
There is still much to do to ensure the Merrimack is the cleanest body of water in Massachusetts and I am committed to doing all I can to protect and improve its health. However, this is a very positive step in the right direction for communities across the Merrimack Valley.
As always, I welcome any and all feedback on ways we can continue to protect our river. Please feel free to contact me anytime via email or phone at (617) 722-1604.
Yours in service,