An Act promoting awareness of safe recreation in public waterways

Waste and contaminated water flow directly from our sewer systems into our rivers and streams.  In 2011 alone, the 181 active outfall points in the Commonwealth discharged 2.8 billion gallons of sewage into our public waterways, including the Charles, Connecticut, Merrimac, Mystic, and Taunton Rivers.  There is currently no statewide system of monitoring these Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).  This legislation would institute a statewide notification system requiring the operators of CSO outfalls to monitor discharges or water quality and improving public notification about overflows.