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Protecting Clean Water in Boston

Boston’s waterways are threatened by sewage and polluted runoff. Fixing Boston’s broken stormwater management system was the last unaddressed issue in the Boston Harbor cleanup.

Press Releases
Trump Administration Dismantles Critical Water Protections

“Today the President said clearly and unequivocally that ensuring Americans have access to clean and safe water is not on his to-do list,” said Christopher Kilian, Director of CLF’s Clean Water and Healthy Forests program. “Repealing this critical protection not only defies the broad-based will of the American people, but it also places our region’s wetlands, streams and coastal estuaries at risk. New Englanders deserve better, and CLF stands ready to fight this catastrophic action at all costs.”


Massachusetts is a state of extraordinary range – from our miles of coastline to the western mountains, our dense hardwood forests to our working farms, our thickly settled city neighborhoods to our rural village greens.

Focus Areas
Clean Air & Water

Here in New England, water is a way of life. Our rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean boost our economy, inspire our play, and enrich our heritage.

White House Names City of Boston Climate Action Champion
by Patrick Dolan

Last week, the White House recognized the City of Boston as a national leader in the fight against climate change when it selected the City as one of 16 winners of its fall Climate Action Champions competition. The competition recognizes communities throughout the country that have taken decisive action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,…

CLF and Anthony Iarrapino awarded premier honor by the Charles River Watershed Association
by John Kassel

It’s a pleasure to report that on Wednesday, at the Charles River Watershed Association’s annual meeting, CLF was awarded The Anne M. Blackburn Award – CRWA’s premier honor.  As Executive Director Bob Zimmerman put it, they were intending to recognize a person and an organization. That deserving person is CLF Senior Attorney Anthony Iarrapino. Anthony was…

Actually, We Don’t Love “Dirty Water”
by Anthony Iarrapino

Wikipedia describes the Standells’ 1965 classic “Dirty Water” as “a mock paean to the city of Boston and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River.” Though fans of local sports teams have embraced the song that plays so often over stadium loud speakers, most people would agree that they’d rather not have their capitol…