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Energy Storage
September 27, 2016

There's lots of energy at work in Massachusetts. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised—after a stunningly high-stakes legislative session and two huge Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decisions (Case 1: kids sue state to win climate regulation; Case 2: unlikely allies team up to tell the Governor he can't tax us for new fracked gas pipelines) I was expecting things to slow down a little. I was wrong. Here’s a quick review of one energy initiative that’s moving—actually, it’s more about energy staying in place.

Energy Storage – 

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock
September 22, 2016

It’s a great day when drinking water is front and center and when we’re focusing on controlling upstream threats, increasing investment and addressing those suffering from extreme drinking water crisis like what has happened in Flint, Michigan. We should be putting drinking water first every day.

Vote! Credit:  PhotoStockImage / Shutterstock
September 22, 2016

As I’m sure you’re all too aware, it’s election season. The presidential election is everywhere you turn. We all know more than we ever wanted to know about the personal and professional lives of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump (and the choice is abundantly clear). 

September 19, 2016

We all live downstream

Water: The heart of all life

 IS life

Is the new oil

All catchy. All true. But what do I really love about water?

By U.S. Geological Survey [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
September 14, 2016

Well, Labor Day is behind us and fall is here, unofficially.   What stands out for me this summer is the weirdness of the weather and...manatees! It is official:  we have just experienced the warmest summer yet -- NASA has confirmed that and is predicting that 2016 will be the warmest year on record, on track to surpass 2015 which previously held the title.

Additionally, this summer was the driest on record for Boston, with under 4" of rain in June, July and August. And my poor garden is hurting, as are our region's farmers.

Sacred Stone Camp NoDAPL message. Photo Credit Joe Bursky - Creative Commons
September 13, 2016

The DAPL has all the hallmarks of a mismanaged project: original government approval was provided in a fast-tracked process; the DAPL Environmental Assessment (EA) lied about input from the Standing Rock Tribe and the American Council on Historical Preservation by saying the project "avoided culturally significant sites.

Water protectors at the No DAPL Protest. Credit - Joe Brusky - Creative Commons
September 12, 2016

But what’s unique here is the opposition being led by Native folks, who insist on being referred to as ‘protectors’ rather than protesters. This is because their opposition to the ‘Black Snake’, as many of them call the pipeline, is based on concern about a spill on the mighty Missouri, the continent’s longest river, and the source of drinking and irrigation water for the reservation’s residents and millions of others. They assert encroachment by private interests on their ancestral lands.

March at Cherry Creek State Park - Credit: Sharon / Creative Commons
August 31, 2016

Cherry Creek Reservoir is one of the most important urban aquatic resources in the State of Colorado. It is a Gold Medal walleye fishery, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

August 31, 2016

California’s water regulators are finally cracking down on the harmful practice of dumping toxic oil wastewater into open pits, although slowly.

Two women voting. Photo credit: Burlingham / Shutterstock
August 26, 2016

This is why elections matter. Clean Water Action engages a voters throughout Northern Virginia to turn out and vote. And then hold their elected official accountable.