Clean Air & Water

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Will You Adopt a Mile of New England’s Shoreline?
by Conservation Law Foundation

Dear CLF Supporter, New England’s waters are in crisis. Nutrient pollution is a huge problem for our region; inadequately-treated wastewater, fertilizer-laden runoff from industrial farms, roadways, and sprawl development are fueling deadly algae blooms in some of our most cherished waters—like Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, Cape Cod’s bay and estuaries, and the Great Bay,…

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Keeping Lake Champlain Healthy, One Drawing at a Time
by Alexa McCallum

As the new school year approaches, students across New England reflect upon a summer’s worth of fun, events, and relaxation.  For many kids who live in or visit Vermont, Lake Champlain is central to summertime pleasure.  There are many ways to enjoy Champlain, thus plenty of reasons to keep it clean.  This was the idea…

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A tale of two lakes
by Anthony Iarrapino

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That opening line from Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities ran through my head last week as I had two very different experiences of Lake Champlain, the 6th largest freshwater lake in the lower 48. On Saturday, CLF participated in Burlington, Vt’s…

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Cleaner water could help you beat the heat!
by Anthony Iarrapino

There’s nothing like a major summer heat wave to help you appreciate the value of rivers, lakes, and ponds that are safe for swimming.  Like the massive herds of animals that you see on nature shows congregating by a communal watering hole, we all have a primal urge to be submerged in cold, clean water…

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A Buried Problem, Bursting to be Solved
by Cynthia Liebman

Out of sight, out of mind—until of course, 2 million people are left wondering why they don’t have clean drinking water. This weekend’s Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water main break, which spilled millions of gallons of drinking water into the Charles River, should alert us to a larger and often hidden crisis of under-funded…

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Courting Cleaner Water
by Anthony Iarrapino

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ announcement that he will retire from the United States Supreme Court will bring some much needed attention to the larger issue of judicial nominations under the Obama Administration.  These days, it is hard to  find a good word to say about the ultraconservative majority of the United States Supreme Court…

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Hard lessons from the hard rain
by Anthony Iarrapino

Our hearts go out to New Englanders dealing with the flood disaster caused by record-setting rainfall over the last couple days.  The director of CLF’s Rhode Island Director, Tricia Jedele, has circulated some extraordinary pictures of the deluge that really bring home the scope of the devastation. The tragic events playing out on the ground in Rhode Island–flooding and subsequent failure…

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Going Green To Keep Our Waters Blue
by Conservation Law Foundation

The Massachusetts’ Water Resource Authority’s decision to release 15 million gallons of untreated sewage into Boston Harbor’s Quincy Bay during last weekend’s storm felt to many like a giant step backward in the decades-long fight to clean up Boston Harbor. The good news is that there are actions that can be taken today that could…

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Clean Water Restoration Act Will Restore EPA’s Authority to Enforce Clean Water Act
by Conservation Law Foundation

Yesterday’s Boston Globe editorial in response to Monday’s New York Times article on the Clean Water Act makes the point that Massachusetts is in a unique position because the state’s waterways are regulated under a more flexible state water act enforced by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). However, that’s not a panacea. Massachusetts…