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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

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

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to...continued

Map-gate: The Newest Strange Claims About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted August 29, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Over the last couple days, there has been a barrage of stories about a set of maps that the Environmental Protection Agency had produced, from long-public data maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, indicating the location of various types of...continued

BUSTED: Big Ag's Big Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted July 24, 2014 by Jon Devine

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One of my kids’ (and my) favorite TV shows is “Mythbusters.” It’s got a great combination of fact-based scrutiny of popularly held beliefs and a healthy dose of excellently infantile humor.  Given how fun they make it look, I expected...continued

Infographic: How Many Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule Can Fit on a Webpage?

Posted July 8, 2014 by Jon Devine

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About eight years ago, several industry lobby groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, asked the Supreme Court to gut the Clean Water Act.  The American Farm Bureau Federation specifically argued that Clean Water Act safeguards didn’t extend to streams...continued

Swim Safe: Check Out Your Favorite Beach's Water Quality and Act to Help Keep It Clean

Posted June 25, 2014 by Jon Devine

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I never feel more like a kid than when I’m at the beach.  Perhaps that’s because I have to keep up with my own kids doing crazy stuff, but also there’s something blissfully immature about body surfing, getting overtaken by...continued

Phony Objections to Clean Water Protection Rule: Myths and Facts about Agriculture and the Proposal

Posted May 6, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Spoiler alert: this post is going to spend a fair amount of time and electrons on an issue that, at the end of the day, is a nothingburger.  Specifically, I'm going to explain here how agriculture will be affected by...continued

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