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Lake Champlain in Crisis: An Illustrated Narrative
by Rebekah Weber

Summer after summer, Lake Champlain is plagued with toxic cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. These toxic algae outbreaks harm our way of life as well: the next generation of Vermonters may not be able to enjoy a summer on Lake Champlain the way that their grandparents did.

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CLF Petitions to Protect Rhode Island Waters

“No one should be given a free pass to pollute Rhode Island waters,” said James Crowley, Staff Attorney at CLF. “Years of toxic runoff have endangered our waters, closed our beaches, and threatened important wildlife habitats. Our communities deserve to enjoy these areas without being sickened by toxic pollution that has gone unchecked for decades. The state has the power to hold these polluters accountable and it must act now to protect our waters for future generations.”

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Green Infrastructure Projects Create Jobs for People Who Need Them
by Max Greene

Right now leaders throughout Rhode Island are taking a hard look at stormwater pollution – in fact, over the weekend, I was on a panel discussing solutions to the this critical threat to the health of our waterways. One especially exciting solution is green infrastructure. What is green infrastructure? Green infrastructure uses natural processes to…

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New CLF Report Is A Step Toward Solving Stormwater Pollution in RI
by Max Greene

Rhode Island features plenty of natural splendor – among other things, we have more than 50% forest cover, sandy Atlantic beaches in south county, and of course Narragansett Bay. But we also have a lot of concrete. Rhode Island is the country’s second-most densely populated state, with 1,016 inhabitants per square mile. A byproduct of…

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Sweet Success–Sugarbush Stream Restored
by Anthony Iarrapino

When people think of Sugarbush Resort, they envision scenes like the one pictured below: high mountain peaks blanketed with pristine snow beckoning skiers to swoosh down the slopes.  Of course when springtime comes that snow melts, feeding small streams that flow first into the iconic Mad River and eventually to Lake Champlain.  These high mountain…

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Must-see TV: A New Reverence for Water
by Anthony Iarrapino

Water is the essential life-giving force on Earth; we literally cannot live without it. Compared to many parts of the nation and the world, New England is blessed with an abundance of clean, fresh water. Yet in overabundance water can also be a powerfully destructive force. Tropical Storm Irene reminded Vermonters of this truism last year…

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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.…