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New Legislation in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

It was a long and tiring Legislative session this year in Vermont. On a very warm Saturday in May, Vermont’s legislators headed home. But not before making some good progress on key CLF priorities. Clean Water The key water quality bill, H.35,  focused on Lake Champlain. It sets a roadmap for further work. It provides…

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It’s Possible
by Peter Shelley

A walk along Boston Harbor today reveals a waterfront that’s both beautiful and vibrant. Water taxis and sailboats skim its waters; tourists and locals stroll along its shores; fishermen catch striped bass right off the docks; and waterside restaurants brighten the evening. It’s hard to believe that, barely a generation ago, this same harbor was…

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In Exeter, Another Vote for Clean Water
by Jeff Barnum

By a wide margin, the citizens of Exeter, New Hampshire, recently rejected a move to reduce the size of wetland buffers in their community. As I discussed in a recent blog, buffers are an important tool for protecting both the health of our wetlands and water quality. Considering the significant challenges facing our Great Bay…

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Rainbow Smelt Declining in Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Are we losing yet another piece of our Great Bay ecosystem? After two winter seasons of declines in rainbow smelt, most recreational fishermen would likely say “yes.” The smelt run seems to be going the way of the Great Bay oyster – downward. Every winter, ice fishermen haul their shacks onto the rivers feeding Great Bay to await the return…

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Defending the Charles River from Stormwater Pollution
by Chris Kilian

In February, CLF and the Charles River Watershed Association filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA for failing to uphold the Clean Water Act and requiring large, privately owned stormwater polluters to obtain permits for their dirty discharge. EPA’s responsibility is clear: to ensure that our waterways are safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing. The…

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CLF Bringing Suit to Address Stormwater in Rhode Island
by Max Greene

A few weeks ago, CLF initiated a lawsuit that seeks to require EPA to do its job under the Clean Water Act and clean up stormwater pollution in Rhode Island. This lawsuit has the potential to be a very big deal. What is stormwater pollution? When heavy rain falls and snow melts, water runs across paved surfaces, picks up…

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Clear Roads, Clean Environment
by Taryn Beverly

Salt would seem to be a relatively inexpensive product, but the reality is, after record snowfall swept through the United States last winter, the cost of road salt has skyrocketed. That’s a big problem for New England States this winter, as they work to keep up with another year of record-setting snowfall (some spots saw…

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Clean Water Advocates are Onboard for the Great Bay Estuary
by Jeff Barnum

Last year, in our ongoing work to engage the public in our efforts to protect the Great Bay estuary, we established a network of local residents who care about water – Clean Water Advocates for Great Bay. Since that time, members of the Clean Water Advocates group have helped ensure the success of an important…

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Drinking Water – Too Precious to Pollute
by Sandy Levine

The tragedy this past weekend that left more than 500,000 Ohio and Michigan residents without safe drinking water shows the real dangers of polluted runoff. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie left drinking water with dangerous levels of microcystin. More than 100 people visited area hospitals, with upset stomachs, dizziness, and vomiting after drinking contaminated…

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CLF Petition Seeks Win-Win Solutions for Agricultural Water Pollution
by Anthony Iarrapino

Yesterday, CLF filed a first-of-its-kind state law petition with the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. The petition calls for Vermont officials to require dairy and livestock producers in the Missisquoi Bay region of Lake Champlain to implement “Best Management Practices” proven to reduce erosion and runoff of manure into area tributary waterways and the Lake itself. Agriculture is a huge part of…