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Hidden in Judge’s Ruling on Cape Cod Water Pollution: A Slap to EPA’s Hand on the Clean Water Funding Spigot
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

A recent federal court decision in Conservation Law Foundation’s and Buzzards Bay Coalition’s lawsuit against EPA addressing nitrogen pollution in Cape Cod bays has major implications for the way local water pollution control projects are funded in the Commonwealth. The impact of nutrient pollution on the streams and bays of Cape Cod was identified as…

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Cleaning Up Great Bay – One Volunteer at a Time
by Peter Wellenberger

If you look around the Seacoast, you will discover some remarkable volunteers helping to protect the Great Bay estuary. Recognizing that stormwater is a major source of nitrogen pollution, these volunteers are leading the way to cleaner water by simply lending a hand. Durham is one Great Bay community implementing innovative solutions to reduce stormwater pollution.…

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Great Bay Waterkeeper- New Study Confirms We Are All Responsible
by Peter Wellenberger

The NH Department of Environmental Services recently released its long-awaited draft Great Bay Non-Point Source Nitrogen Study, providing a breakdown of the sources of nitrogen pollution in the estuary, and additional insights on how to improve and protect water quality. According to the draft study, the Great Bay estuary receives, on average, a total load…

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A Powerful Vote for Clean Water
by Peter Wellenberger

Residents of Newmarket, New Hampshire went to the polls on Tuesday and sent a powerful message: that clean water is essential, and that we need to make needed investments to support it. Up for vote yesterday was a warrant article to fund the $14 million construction of a major upgrade to the town’s sewage treatment…

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Lawn Tips for a Healthy Great Bay
by Peter Wellenberger

We didn’t always have a love affair with our lawns. Until the late 18th century, most rural homeowners had a patch of packed dirt outside the front door or a small garden that contained a mix of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Up until then, lawns were not practical and were seen strictly as a luxury…

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Stay Informed and Subscribe to Great Bay Currents
by Peter Wellenberger

I am pleased to announce the launch of our new e-newsletter – Great Bay Currents. As the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, my goal is to build a stronger public voice for protecting the Great Bay estuary and for meaningful and immediate actions to address the threats facing this remarkable natural treasure. To accomplish this goal, I…

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CLF Motion to Protect Great Bay from the Municipal Coalition
by Peter Wellenberger

Last week, I discussed how the municipalities that comprise the so-called Great Bay Municipal Coalition took the unfortunate step of filing a lawsuit against the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, challenging its analysis of nitrogen pollution in the estuary. In an effort to prevent delays in solving Great Bay’s pollution problems, late last week CLF…

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Why the Great Bay Municipalities’ Lawsuit is Bad for Great Bay
by Peter Wellenberger

Just a few weeks ago, a group of municipalities calling themselves the Great Bay Municipal Coalition – Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter, Rochester and Newmarket – took the unfortunate step of filing a lawsuit against the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, challenging its analysis of nitrogen pollution in the estuary. Despite the need for prompt action to…

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“A Moral and Ethical Responsibility”
by Peter Wellenberger

In a recent blog and in other outreach, I encouraged people to attend the EPA public hearing or contact EPA to support its draft discharge permit for the City of Dover’s sewage treatment plant. To ensure a cleaner and healthier Great Bay estuary, we must treat our wastewater to the highest standards possible. In response…