Stormwater Pollution

Conservation Matters Articles
From the Trenches: Peter Shelley and Boston Harbor
by Peter Shelley

The cleanup of Boston Harbor wasn’t Senior Counsel Peter Shelley’s first big case with CLF (as a third-year law student in the late 1970s, he was part of the landmark effort to stop oil and gas drilling on Georges Bank), but it has certainly been the most iconic of his long career with the organization.…

Conservation Matters Fall 2016

Celebrating 50 Years of CLF Going Low-Carb Transforming New England’s Energy System Coal-Free New England Community Voices: The Clean Energy Landscape Web of Deceit Holding ExxonMobil Accountable for Its Decades of Climate Denial Community Voices: A Message to ExxonMobil A Tale of Two Rivers Boston Harbor 2.0 The New Frontier in the Fight to Save…

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New Hampshire’s Berry’s Brook Tests Positive for Toxic Chemicals

“When Coakley Landfill was shut down three decades ago, PFC contamination and the severe threat it posed to surrounding neighborhoods was left wholly unaddressed,” said Jeff Barnum. “And in the years since, the day-to-day operations of Pease Air Force Base and Pease Tradeport have only made matters worse. In communities built around the water where so many families rely on private wells, the significant presence of any carcinogens should raise alarm bells. We cannot afford to wait any longer to begin educating our neighbors about this serious health risk and taking action to make our water safe and clean.”

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CLF Suit to Protect Rhode Island Waters Gets its Day in Court

“One of the great sources of pride for Rhode Island – the Ocean State – ought to be our ponds, rivers and beautiful coastline, but decades of toxic runoff has imperiled our waters, closed our beaches and endangered important wildlife habitats,” said CLF attorney Max Greene. “There’s no question that nasty pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, the precursors to toxic algae blooms, are constantly flowing from industrial campuses and commercial shopping centers into nearby waterways, yet EPA has sat on its hands rather than take the legally-required steps to address this rampant contamination. Today, EPA was forced to answer for that neglect in federal court, and we’re optimistic that Rhode Island waters will soon be on the path to recovery.”

News Clips
Portsmouth’s deal with EPA on sewer plant approved

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro approved the deal, which includes the state of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Justice and the Conservation Law Foundation, on Thursday…   …Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said the group is “pleased that both in his order and in comments from the bench that…

My Latest Column: Let’s Celebrate! It’s National Estuaries Week
by Jeff Barnum

What do you get when you combine Great Bay, Little Bay, the Piscataqua River and tributaries, and the Hampton-Seabrook estuary? Answer: estuaries of national significance – taken together they are one of only 28 designated, as such, in all of the United States. And, in case you didn’t know, September 17–24 is National Estuaries Week.…

My Latest Column: Can the Great Bay Ecosystem Rebound?
by Jeff Barnum

This blog was first published as part of my regular column on I’m an optimist. And whenever I am asked whether the Great Bay ecosystem will rebound to its historic, healthy condition, my answer has always been “Yes.” While I remain optimistic, however, there is real cause for concern. At the heart of that…

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CLF Takes on Rampant Water Pollution at Pease International

Zak Griefen, CLF’s Environmental Enforcement Litigator, commented, “Stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to Great Bay and our seacoast communities, yet the Pease Development Authority has gone unchecked while pouring toxic chemicals into these already-endangered waters. That stops today. When anyone threatens the health of water, our wildlife and our people, they must be forced to answer for that neglect.”

Guest Blog: Water, Water, Everywhere
by Conservation Law Foundation

Eric Neilsen is a photographer and environmentalist living in Castleton, VT.  He served as an advanced water quality monitor volunteer with Texas stream team. Learn more at As I begin to explore paddling opportunities available to me from my new home in Castleton, Vermont, I am truly optimistic that the huge piles of trash that…