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→
Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.
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.
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
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→
[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→
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→
Joan Mulhern, my friend, a fellow clean water advocate, and a mentor, passed away on Tuesday. I hope everyone will read the touching tribute that her Earthjustice colleague, Marty Hayden, wrote. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss, not just...continued→
It’s the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act. As those of us who have passed the big 4-Oh have experienced, that birthday has some real significance; it certainly made me reflect on my life so far...continued→
This post was authored by Naveen Adusumilli, an NRDC Science Fellow and Economist I grew up in Hyderabad, India -- a place that once had more than 300 small and large lakes. Years later, while I was spending my summer...continued→
In scanning the Classified ads section of the paper recently, I came across the item below. The ad seeks bids to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, most likely to help meet nitrogen and phosphorus control targets...continued→
On my bike ride into work today, I was stopped in my tracks by the scene pictured below – huge, billowing piles of some kind of foamy substance flowing out of a storm drain and into Four Mile Run, a...continued→
Back in March, a California dairy found itself in the news when state water quality inspectors discovered 50 manure-covered decomposing cow carcasses lying around the property, along with evidence of manure being handled in a variety of ways that could...continued→
Congress is in the process of considering the Farm Bill, a colossal piece of legislation that sets national agriculture policy. But some members are apparently less interested in crafting a sensible bill, and instead are trying to take advantage of...continued→
Happy Testing the Waters Day! Today, NRDC releases its annual report on beach closings and swimming advisories and information on monitored water quality at thousands of beaches across the nation’s coasts and Great Lakes shores. It’s also the first day in a...continued→
The U.S. Senate has been working to consider and adopt the Farm Bill, a colossal piece of legislation that sets national agriculture policy. After a major push by several Senators to take advantage of their colleagues' strong desire to pass...continued→
As I forecast yesterday, the House just voted on an amendment offered by Representatives Moran (D-VA) and Dingell (D-MI) to the spending bill that funds the Army Corps of Engineers, which would have enabled experts at the Corps to continue to work...continued→
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