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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

Please Tell Senators You Support Clean Water

Posted December 1, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Readers of my blog (hi, Mom!) will recall that the Senate recently voted on two measures to gut the landmark Clean Water Rule and to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from adequately protecting critical water...continued

Making Sense of the Clean Water Rule is Easy

Posted November 17, 2015 by Jon Devine

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One of the most often-repeated attacks from politicians who don't support the Clean Water Rule - the initiative finalized this summer that enhances pollution protections for streams, wetlands, and ponds around the country - is that it is supposedly too...continued

Clean Water Rule Survives Senate Effort to Kill It

Posted November 3, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Today, the Republican-led Senate tried and failed to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' Clean Water Rule. The rule, which was finalized in June and which clarifies what water bodies get the protections of the landmark...continued

Halloween Trick: Act Now to Stop Two-Headed Senate Monster's Attacks on Clean Water

Posted October 30, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Next week, the U.S. Senate is planning to consider two pieces of legislation that would eviscerate protections for the nation's streams, lakes, and wetlands. Both of these measures target the Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration's landmark initiative to restore...continued

Let's Be Honest About Environmental Safeguards

Posted October 6, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Having watched Wyoming Senator John Barrasso deliver the weekly address for his fellow Republicans, I'm not surprised that politicians have a popular reputation for exaggeration. Senator Barrasso took aim at federal requirements - particularly those that implement the Clean Air...continued

Clean Water Rule Litigation Update: Let's All Just Take a Breath

Posted August 28, 2015 by Jon Devine

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If you're following the legal fallout from the Obama Administration's finalization of its initiative to protect critical streams and wetlands - called the Clean Water Rule - you were probably on the lookout for action this week. (And, you're a...continued

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

Posted May 28, 2015 by Jon Devine

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This post takes a look at the particulars of the Clean Water Rule, an action the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday, but it is also a lot about my kids. Turns out, they're very...continued

A Dirty Dozen: Twelve Reasons to Reject New Anti-Clean Water Legislation

Posted May 5, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Recently, a number of Senators, led by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), introduced a bill to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' Clean Water Rule, a commonsense initiative to restore protections against pollution that once existed for...continued

Act Now to Stop Congressional Attack on Clean Water Safeguards

Posted April 27, 2015 by Jon Devine

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This week, the full House of Representatives will likely consider a bill attacking a years-long initiative to protect waterways that we use as sources of drinking water, swim in, fish from, and boat on. Sponsors of this bill (H.R. 1732)...continued

New Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act

Posted April 24, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Imagine you're a United States Senator and you aren't much of a fan of the Clean Water Act, notwithstanding the fact that it has been a tremendously successful and wildly popular law for more than 40 years. If you wanted...continued

House Republicans Vote Against Protecting Your Drinking Water

Posted April 16, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Did you drink water today? If so, you'll want to read this post, because Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing legislation that threatens our drinking water. Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill that would...continued

Fresh Attack on Fresh Water

Posted April 15, 2015 by Jon Devine

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This morning, a key committee in the House of Representatives will consider and likely move forward a bill - which has only been public for a few days - attacking a years-long initiative to protect waterways that we use as...continued

Big Polluter Agenda comes for water: a rundown of the Clean Water Rule hearing in Congress

Posted February 7, 2015 by Jon Devine

The 114th Congress, newly under complete Republican control, has wasted little time in launching a series of attacks on the nation's health and environmental safety net. In pursuing the Big Polluter Agenda, Congress already voted to approve the Keystone XL...continued

New Public Polling Research Shows Americans Want Clean Water Safeguards

Posted January 22, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Though he's only been at it for a few days, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't taken long to launch the Republican-controlled Congress on a course to attack many of our basic health and environmental safeguards. At the same...continued

A Little Humor About Something Big and Serious: “The Exaggerator” Talks About the Clean Water Proposal

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Dirty water isn’t a joke.  However, lobbyists representing polluting industries have made some comically over-the-top attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed plan to protect our nation’s waterways.  We felt that the clean water...continued

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