Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper

A Rallying Cry for Clean Water
by Chris Kilian

We are faced with a federal administration that wants not only to halt decades of hard-fought progress on clean water but reverse them altogether. But today, the impacts on our public health from blue-green algae outbreaks and chemical pollution are as serious and urgent as ever. We cannot and will not stop fighting for clean water as a fundamental right for all Americans.

Press Releases
CLF Fight to Stop Water Pollution at Pease International Moves Forward

“With today’s ruling, Pease Development Authority has an opportunity to turn from a polluter to a protector of Great Bay and its communities,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “Our health and the health of our economy depend on clean, safe water. Now, the leaders of PDA have an easy choice to make: they can be an exemplar of responsible water management, or they can see us in court.”

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Barnum steps down as the Waterkeeper

Jeff Barnum retired Wednesday after nearly four years as the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation. “If I knew leaving was going to be this difficult I wouldn’t have quit,” Barnum said. He was joined by CLF’s new waterkeeper Melissa Paly, a longtime Seacoast environmental advocate and activist who lives in Kittery Point,…

Guest Blog: We Are All “Invested” in New Hampshire’s Water
by Mindi Messmer

Mindi Messmer represents the Seacoast towns of Rye and New Castle in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives. She has been an environmental consultant for 25 years, working with businesses, banks, and the U.S. government on the presence of environmental contaminants. This blog was originally published as an article in Less Cancer Journal. I am a…

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High levels of contaminants found in Seacoast-area brooks

… “The first step is, obviously, knowing the scale of the problem,” said Tom Irwin of the Conservation Law Foundation. Irwin’s organization said the problem is significant: a March study done on brooks in the Seacoast towns of Portsmouth, Greenland and Newington found high levels of perfluorinated chemicals. Irwin said these toxins don’t degrade naturally.…

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NH Seacoast Water Testing Finds High Levels of Dangerous Toxics

“We all have a stake in ensuring clean, healthy water, and seeing such high levels of toxic chemicals in our collective backyard is unacceptable,” said Tom Irwin, Director of CLF New Hampshire. “These toxics, which have already forced the closure of a drinking well at Pease, are flowing into local brooks and streams that lead to the Great Bay estuary, endangering communities throughout New Hampshire. It’s time for Pease Development Authority to step up and put an end to this perilous pollution.”

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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.”

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CLF says legal action possible against Coakley Landfill Group

The Conservation Law Foundation official has not ruled out taking legal action against the Coakley Landfill Group. Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said “it’s an option we’ve not dismissed” when asked during an editorial board meeting Wednesday if it’s something CLF has considered. “I’ll just say it’s a possibility at…