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Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Community Voices: The Clean Energy Landscape
by Laurie O'Reilly

On one of those perfect, blue-sky-and-sunshine summer days that New Englanders dream of all winter long, Peter Baute emerges from a shaded trail into a small clearing overlooking Block Island Sound. At least half a dozen people mill about the clearing, cameras in hand, jockeying for the best angle of the scene before them. They’re…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
From the Trenches: Peter Shelley and Boston Harbor
by Peter Shelley

The cleanup of Boston Harbor wasn’t Senior Counsel Peter Shelley’s first big case with CLF (as a third-year law student in the late 1970s, he was part of the landmark effort to stop oil and gas drilling on Georges Bank), but it has certainly been the most iconic of his long career with the organization.…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Community Voices: A Message to ExxonMobil
by Conservation Law Foundation

Roseann Bongiovanni is a lifelong Chelsea resident who has led significant environmental justice campaigns for more than 21 years. She is the Executive Director of GreenRoots, Inc., an organization dedicated to achieving environmental and climate justice for Chelsea. Growing up in Chelsea and neighboring Everett, many in our community, myself included, never realized we were…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Web of Deceit
by Laurie O'Reilly

Holding ExxonMobil Accountable for Its Decades of Climate Denial On January 9, 2006, residents of the Mystic River communities of Chelsea and Everett awoke to find the foul odor of diesel hanging in the air and the river covered in a blue-green sheen. Clearly, one of the local industries that dominate the shores of the…

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2016
Going Low-Carb
by Laurie O'Reilly

Transforming New England’s Energy System New England’s coal-fired power plants were at their peak when CLF opened its doors 50 years ago. The majority of the region’s coal fleet came online in the post-war boom years of the1950s and 1960s and they would go on to dominate our region’s electricity mix for decades. Today, however,…

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Stormwater Challenge
by Laurie O'Reilly

When Ana Quezada and her husband first bought their South Providence home 10 years ago, they were thrilled about the large pond bordering their backyard. It was only after they moved in that they learned that Mashapaug Pond is so contaminated from industrial and stormwater pollution that it’s been closed to fishing and swimming for decades.

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Redefining Open Space
by Laurie O'Reilly

Beneath the waves are seascapes as diverse and breathtaking as anything found on land. Yet only a fraction of our ocean is protected worldwide. We make the case for protecting vital seascapes like Cashes Ledge, so that our ocean can survive and thrive for generations to come.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2015
5 Questions for Dr. Sylvia Earle
by Laurie O'Reilly

In August 2015, conservationist and oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle launched a dive expedition to Cashes Ledge, the underwater mountain range 80 miles off the coast of Portland. We asked Dr. Earle about the need to protect Cashes Ledge and why she has designated it one of her “Hope Spots.”

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Fall 2015
Windward Progress
by Laurie O'Reilly

Developing clean energy resources is a vital part of our response to climate change. In summer 2015, after years of smart and effective advocacy, CLF marked a watershed moment in U.S. history when Deepwater Wind began construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Rhode Island’s Block Island Sound.

Conservation Matters Articles Conservation Matters Summer 2015
Defending the Charles
by Laurie O'Reilly

The Charles River was once one of the dirtiest rivers in the country. Today, thanks to CLF and Charles River Watershed Association, Massachusetts’ iconic river is on the mend. But despite these decades-long cleanup efforts, we still have a ways to go to rejuvenate the Charles River.