Providing an adequate water supply is essential to public health and economic
development. Withdrawing water to satisfy that demand can shrink stream flows,
degrading aquatic habitats and natural fish populations. The Commonwealth of
Massachusetts’s Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) was created in
2010 and its purpose is to manage the water in the Commonwealth so that there is
enough for the many and sometimes competing long-term water needs of our
communities and our aquatic ecosystems.
The SWMI Framework sets out the principles and the process through which
MassDEP plans to revise the Water Management Act regulations in order to balance
the competing demands on this limited, vital resource.