Clean Water Act

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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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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…

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A clean water champion and CLF member gets his due
by Anthony Iarrapino

There is nothing more gratifying for CLF advocates than to be able to work with our members in translating big-picture policy goals down to the local level.  Over the last couple of years, I had that opportunity as a result of the City of Burlington’s efforts to adopt a stormwater pollution control ordinance to ensure…

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Make the water cleaner before the mosquitoes get meaner!
by Anthony Iarrapino

Warning: Bigger, faster, and more abundant mosquitoes may be breeding in a river or stream near you.   A new scientific study presented at this month’s meeting of the Ecological Society of America reaches the scary conclusion that mosquitoes–carriers of the West Nile Virus and other diseases–thrive in waterways contaminated by sewage.  As if we needed even more…

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Trying to Cure the Blue-Green Algae Blues
by Anthony Iarrapino

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the “discovery” of Lake Champlain by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Of course the Lake’s been there for more than 400 years and de Champlain was certainly not its first human “discoverer.”  Putting aside the anthropological and historical debates, we here at CLF think it’s always a good…