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40 Years Later, Would We Pass the Clean Water Act Today?
by Chris Kilian

I love rivers.  In fact, I love all things water. And so today I’m celebrating the 40th birthday of the Clean Water Act, perhaps America’s most effective and far-reaching environmental law. I grew up on a farm in upstate New York and spent a lot of time stomping around in our ponds, streams, and wetlands…

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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…

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Septic Systems Slaughter Stripers: CLF Fights Back
by Anthony Iarrapino

The other night, I broiled a gorgeous piece of striped bass for dinner. Though I savored each bite of this healthy, delicious, lean protein, I couldn’t help think of the grim images of other sizeable stripers that washed up dead in the latest fish kill to occur on the shores of Cape Cod in late…

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Déjà vu all over again on the St. Croix River
by Sean Mahoney

As mentioned in prior posts here and here, CLF’s lawsuit to reopen the St. Croix River to alewives resulted in this letter from EPA agreeing that the Maine Alewife Law violated water quality standards for the St. Croix. Yesterday, the Maine Attorney General responded to that letter here and the response is disappointing to say…

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Politics Trumps Science at Great Bay Hearing
by Peter Wellenberger

The recent Congressional hearing entitled “EPA Overreach and the Impact on New Hampshire Communities” accomplished one thing – it proved that to some, politics are more important than cleaning up the Great Bay estuary. Congressmen Guinta (R-NH) and his colleague from California, Congressman Issa (who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) came…

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Winning the Race for Clean Water
by Anthony Iarrapino

I just paddled in from Waltham and boy are my arms tired…Seriously, I know I am not alone among contestants in the 30th Annual Charles River Watershed Association Run of the Charles canoe, kayak, and paddleboard race who downed several ibuprofen after Sunday’s vigorous paddle.  I think I can speak for the entire ten-person CLF…

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Innovative Stormwater Approaches Essential for a Healthy Great Bay
by Peter Wellenberger

Stormwater pollution continues to be one of the greatest threats to the health of the Great Bay estuary. Fortunately, innovative approaches to development can dramatically reduce and even eliminate polluted runoff and the damage it can cause to our water bodies. We have a great example of innovation here in the estuary’s watershed, in Greenland.…