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Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, New York

Larry Levine

I am a senior attorney in NRDC's Water Program, working on a variety of issues pertaining to water quality in the Northeast, and at the national policy level. I focus especially on promoting the use of “green infrastructure” as a sustainable solution to polluted urban runoff and raw sewage overflows. I was previously a litigation fellow at NRDC and a clinical fellow in environmental law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and am a graduate of Yale Law School and Tulane University.

Recent Posts

New Yorkers Call for Clean Water, Demand an End to Filthy Waterways Whenever it Rains

Posted March 10, 2015 by Larry Levine

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New York City residents gathered yesterday to speak up for clean water. They came to a hearing room downtown, with a 27th-floor view of Manhattan's concrete jungle, to demand bays, rivers, and creeks that are, quite simply, clean enough to...continued

No More Money Down the Drain: How State Comptrollers and Auditors Can Help Stop Leaks in Drinking Water Systems...and Save You Money

Posted January 8, 2015 by Larry Levine

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Every day, billions of gallons of expensive, treated water is simply lost from public drinking water systems due to leaking, aging pipes. Much of that water gushes from more than 237,000 water main breaks across the country every year. Even...continued

Clean Water Delayed is Clean Water Denied: After a Decades-Long Dodge, EPA Must Update Polluted Runoff Rules

Posted December 19, 2014 by Larry Levine

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… No, make that Washington, DC, in the year 1987.  (Perhaps that is another galaxy.  But that’s a topic for another blog.)  Way back then—more than a quarter-century ago—Congress passed a...continued

Is NYC Content to Lead the Nation in Raw Sewage Discharges? The Moment of Truth is Here -- and the Jury is Still Out.

Posted November 18, 2014 by Larry Levine

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There’s a dirty little secret when it comes to greening New York City.  Even as NYC has become a leader in building green infrastructure to combat sewer overflows, it seems content to remain the nation’s leader in a much stinkier...continued

Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance

Posted July 23, 2014 by Larry Levine

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In many parts of the United States, cities and suburbs -- and the wastewater and stormwater utilities that serve them -- are among the largest sources of water pollution. They need hundreds of billions of dollars to repair, maintain, and...continued

To Maintain a "Competitive Advantage" on Water Supply, New York Must Step-Up Its Game on Water Conservation

Posted April 9, 2014 by Larry Levine

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Less than three years ago, when Governor Cuomo signed into law new state water conservation standards, he said: The preservation and protection of New York's water resources is vital to the state's residents, farmers and businesses.  This law will enhance...continued

Groups Petition NJ to Address Biggest Water Pollution Source with Green Infrastructure

Posted February 3, 2014 by Larry Levine

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Polluted runoff from rainstorms – which wash oil and grease, animal waste, toxic chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides, and litter off of roads, parking lots, rooftops, and lawns – fouls more New Jersey waters than any other pollution source.  From Barnegat Bay...continued

Use Less Water...Pollute Less Water: Sacramento Can Reduce Sewage Overflows Through Water Conservation

Posted January 6, 2014 by Larry Levine

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In about 770 communities around the country, sewer pipes are designed to carry sewage and rainwater in the same pipes – but treatment plants don’t have the capacity to treat it all when it rains.  In these places – mainly...continued

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

Posted December 17, 2013 by Larry Levine

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“Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems.  These water...continued

Building Up Our Natural Defenses Against the Next Sandy -- or Irene, or Lee, or....

Posted October 16, 2013 by Larry Levine

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This is part of a series of NRDC blogs reflecting on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  NRDC’s “Top Ten” post-Sandy priorities for government action can be found here. Last year around this time, the night Superstorm Sandy hit, I...continued

Report: Runoff Pollutes NY & NJ Beaches, But There's a Cleaner, Greener Future

Posted June 26, 2013 by Larry Levine

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If you’re planning a beach getaway this summer, there’s more than one reason to hope for clear, sunny skies.  Besides sending beachgoers running for their umbrellas, rainstorms routinely flush harmful pollution – including bacteria, viruses, and other parasites from human...continued

In Sandy's Wake.... What's in Those Flood Waters?

Posted November 12, 2012 by Larry Levine

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Superstorm Sandy absolutely battered the New York/New Jersey region two weeks ago.  I count myself among the extremely lucky ones – my neighborhood in Brooklyn never lost power, and had little visible damage.  So many others here were much less...continued

Celebrating 40 Years of the Clean Water Act

Posted October 18, 2012 by Larry Levine

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I just got back from the annual Urban Watershed Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, hosted by the U.S. Water Alliance.  The major theme was green infrastructure – things like roadside plantings, green roofs, and porous pavement that mimic the way...continued

EPA, Philadelphia Announce Agreement to Advance Green Infrastructure for Clean Water

Posted April 10, 2012 by Larry Levine

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Today marks a milestone for Philadelphia in its drive to become “America’s greenest city.”  This afternoon, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will join Philadelphia’s mayor to announce a federal-local partnership to advance the city’s path-breaking Green City,...continued

New York and Pennsylvania: Among the Best at Planning for the Inconvenient Truths of Climate Change

Posted April 5, 2012 by Larry Levine

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Today’s post is co-authored with my colleague Ben Chou, water policy analyst and author of a new NRDC report on what all 50 states are doing to prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change. Across the Northeast  we experienced...continued

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