skip to main content

→ Top Stories:
Fracking
Safe Chemicals
Defending the Clean Air Act

Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.

Jon Devine

I'm a lawyer by training, but an ecologist at heart.  Though I have long been fascinated by how the physical environment affects plants and critters and vice-versa, I chickened out on being a real scientist in college.  So, I get my fix by working on issues related to the health of our surface waters and the aquatic ecosystem.  I came to NRDC from EPA, where I worked on air pollution issues, an area that I was lucky to first learn about by working in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.  My family -- a partner who is a civil rights attorney and two sons who are fascinated by space, wizards, and bathroom humor -- are remarkably indulgent of my various environmental demands around the house.

Recent Posts

Everything you wanted to know about the EPA/Army Corps proposed clean water rules but were afraid to ask

Posted March 25, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , ,

Comments (3)

Today is a big day in the world of water pollution control.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have unveiled, and are asking for public comment on, updated rules that will determine what bodies of...continued

President Obama's Budget Short-Changes Clean Water

Posted March 11, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , , ,

President Obama recently released his administration’s budget, kicking off the annual national discussion about how to invest federal dollars.  Ultimately, this process will end in legislation that funds specific programs throughout the government for the fiscal year that begins in...continued

Tapped Out: How the California Drought Threatens Craft Brewers and How the Clean Water Act Can Help

Posted February 28, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , , , ,

California's severe drought is threatening people's drinking water supplies, agriculture, the environment, and – as we recently learned -- craft beer.  Brewers who depend on clean water from rivers worry that water managers may need to shift them to other...continued

What the West Virginia Chemical Spill Teaches Us About Clean Water

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , ,

Comments (1)

The chemical spill in West Virginia last week tells us a lot about how we protect – or how we don’t protect – rivers, lakes, and other surface waters from pollution.  Although West Virginia American Water is in the process...continued

Federal Spending Bill Completed - What Does It Mean For Water?

Posted January 15, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , , ,

Comments (1)

I'm sad to report that Congress is poised to adopt -- as part of an enormous funding bill -- a short-term limit on updating environmental safeguards, in order to benefit companies conducting mountaintop removal coal mining. First, some background.  After...continued

Where's the beef? House version of the Farm Bill seeks to hide polluting livestock facilities

Posted November 20, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , ,

The legislation known as the Farm Bill, which sets agriculture policy and priorities for the nation, is nearing completion on Capitol Hill.  Key Representatives and Senators are meeting in what’s called a “conference” committee to reconcile their different versions of...continued

Senators Invent Clean Water Bogeyman, then Demand EPA Prove there's no Bogeyman

Posted October 3, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , ,

Comments (1)

In a move reminiscent of the attempt to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s non-existent plan to regulate “farm dust,” six Senate Republicans yesterday sent EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a letter demanding that she disavow a clean water policy that the...continued

Two Steps Forward on Clean Water

Posted September 17, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , ,

Comments (2)

If you like water, for swimming, fishing, canoeing, or just plain old drinking, you should be pleased at a couple of actions that the Obama administration has announced today.  These steps are critical to clarifying what streams, wetlands, and other...continued

Can Smarter Crop Insurance Policies Shrink the Dead Zone?

Posted August 27, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What would you think if I told you that your tax dollars were helping to create an enormous annual area in the Gulf of Mexico where the sea floor water was so oxygen-deprived that it couldn't sustain life?  Unfortunately, that's...continued

NRDC Report: Cleaning Up America's Beaches Requires Leadership on Polluted Runoff

Posted June 26, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments (3)

I have a lot of memories of the beach, having grown up in a coastal town in Massachusetts, not far from a bunch of great public beaches.  I took swim lessons at Green Harbor, where I swear a basking shark...continued

Another Broken Promise by EPA to Reduce Water Pollution

Posted June 10, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , ,

Comments (1)

It’s raining today in the DC area, which makes me think about water pollution.  When it rains here – or wherever you are – the water hitting hard surfaces like buildings, parking lots and roadways is unable to seep into the ground or...continued

Home Run! Appeals Court Upholds EPA Action to Stop Giant, Polluting Mountaintop Removal Mine

Posted April 25, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , , , ,

During his confirmation hearing to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts famously analogized the role of a judge to that of a baseball umpire, saying: Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of...continued

Seeking Industrial Livestock Information is Not "Extreme." It's Needed to Protect U.S. Waterways and Human Health

Posted February 21, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , , ,

Comments (1)

Over a period of several months, NRDC and the Pew Charitable Trusts have successfully pressed EPA for information it has collected on a major source of water pollution –large livestock operations, often known as factory farms or concentrated animal feeding...continued

GOP Science Subcommittee Kicks Off 113th Congress With Promise of More Outlier Attacks

Posted February 13, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , ,

[Co-authored with my colleague, John Walke] The House Science Subcommittee on Environment is holding its first hearing of the 113th Congress entitled “The State of Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities.” With their two announced witnesses, the Republican majority is signaling...continued

Court decision undermines runoff pollution controls, but numerous important protections remain

Posted February 8, 2013 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

Tags:
, , , ,

Comments (1)

There’s been a lot of press recently about a recent water pollution decision by a judge in Virginia.  At its core, the decision said that the Environmental Protection Agency couldn’t use stormwater volume as a proxy for sediment pollution when...continued

About

Switchboard is the staff blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the nation’s most effective environmental group. For more about our work, including in-depth policy documents, action alerts and ways you can contribute, visit NRDC.org.

Feeds: Jon Devine’s blog

Feeds: Stay Plugged In