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→
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.
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→
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→
Does your member of Congress care about the truth about the Clean Water Protection Rule? Chances are that the answer is "no."
I expect that most people who work inside the D.C. Beltway are big fans of the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." A lot of folks probably like to think of themselves as modern-day Jefferson Smiths, fighting against what's wrong...continued→
Everything you wanted to know about the EPA/Army Corps proposed clean water rules but were afraid to ask
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 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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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