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Johanna Dyer, Attorney, New York

Johanna Dyer
I grew up in smallish-town Northern California, and stayed in the region for college and later to work for the California legislature. In 2005, I moved to the East Coast for law school, and eventually ended up in New York at NRDC’s Urban Program, where I’m having a big-city experience that has been truly remarkable. My focus in the Urban Program is primarily on green economic development, sustainable agriculture and other environmental and economic initiatives in the greater New York area. My work with NRDC allows me to combine my lifelong interest in rural and agricultural matters with a growing attention to urban environmental issues.

Recent Posts

Angelenos: Water Bill Increases Are About More than Your Conservation

Posted November 2, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

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With the city still buzzing about the mysterious (although maybe not for long), nefarious "wet prince of Bel Air" who uses nearly 12 million gallons of water per year, we other Angelenos are patting ourselves on the back for our...continued

Watts Community Celebrates its New, Greener Future

Posted October 1, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

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In August, the community of Watts in South Los Angeles commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 Watts Uprising. NRDC and local partner organizations chose the commemoration week to celebrate the community's greener future and the official launch of...continued

Dear EPA: Polluters Should Pay for Water Contamination

Posted September 17, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

Photo: Frederic Poirot Los Angeles has long suffered from water quality problems, and in urban areas, the problem gets much worse every time it rains or when streets are wet by other means, such as garden hoses or sprinklers....continued

Watts Happening Now: Reimagining Watts as we Commemorate its History

Posted August 11, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

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With the highly anticipated release of "Straight Outta Compton" this week, a lot of people have South Los Angeles on the brain. But beyond the cinematic exploration of the area's cultural history, the neighboring community of Watts is also in...continued

More water-saving turf removal? Coming right up! But let's not forget our other water needs

Posted June 4, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

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(Photo: Los Angeles Times; As just about everybody knows by now, California is in the midst of an historic drought. As part of its water-conservation efforts, last week the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, commonly known as...continued

After San Juan Capistrano, Can California Water Agencies Still Price for Conservation?

Posted April 21, 2015 by Johanna Dyer

Yesterday, a California appellate court handed down a decision that set the water world atwitter because of its implications for some important tools needed to cope with our current drought. The decision is disappointing in that it appears to mandate...continued

How Clean is Your Favorite New York or New Jersey Beach?

Posted June 25, 2014 by Johanna Dyer

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It’s (finally) summertime! And you know what that means: people all over the New York and New Jersey region are grabbing their towels and flip-flops and heading to the states’ beaches for relief from the sweltering heat. But unfortunately, every...continued

Will Fairness Prevail in the South Bronx?

Posted December 5, 2013 by Johanna Dyer

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This week, a South Bronx community might have a rare chance at environmental justice. In 2012, the city approved a proposal to relocate online grocer Fresh Direct’s headquarters from Queens to the Harlem River Yard site in the Mott Haven...continued

GMO labeling takes center stage in New York

Posted August 30, 2013 by Johanna Dyer

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After years of debate and study, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods have been even more in the spotlight recently. Last year, California’s highly-publicized GMO labeling ballot initiative attracted significant attention before it failed in a public vote. This time...continued

What NYC Can Do to Contribute to a Better Food System

Posted July 22, 2013 by Johanna Dyer

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Last week, six of the major candidates in the race for New York City Mayor gathered at The New School to speak about a topic that's relatively new to the city’s political scene: food. The event was hosted by a...continued

New Hudson River PCB Contamination Report Confirms Need for Thorough Cleanup

Posted January 18, 2013 by Johanna Dyer

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For more than five decades, high levels of highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have polluted the lands, waters and native species of the Hudson River Valley. And for generations, this contamination has threatened the health of New York residents, burdened...continued

Hudson River PCB cleanup process working so far - but large polluted areas must be included for 2013

Posted November 19, 2012 by Johanna Dyer

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General Electric is preparing to pull its dredging equipment from the Hudson River for the winter, as it reaches the halfway mark in its clean-up of toxic PCB pollution that it dumped there decades ago. Last week, the U.S. Environmental...continued

Sandy Gas Shortages Make it Clear: We Need More Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Posted November 6, 2012 by Johanna Dyer

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On Saturday afternoon, like many New Yorkers who had been forced out by Superstorm Sandy, I finally moved back into my apartment in downtown Manhattan. After a couple of post-storm nights in my home—which Sandy had left without power,...continued

Taxi of Tomorrow Given the Green Light for New York City

Posted September 20, 2012 by Johanna Dyer

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So New York City’s taxi saga continues. This morning, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) voted to approve the Taxi of Tomorrow program, which will create a nearly exclusive-model vehicle that will serve as the city’s new taxi. This...continued

Another Kind of Farmers' Market for NYC

Posted August 14, 2012 by Johanna Dyer

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I hope you all enjoyed National Farmers’ Market Week as much as I did last week! To commemorate it, I stopped by my local Union Square market (more than once, I must confess) to buy some fresh, healthy local food...continued


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