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Environment under attack!
Attend CRWA’s Annual Meeting March 22nd to learn what’s at stake


The Trump administration is planning to reduce environmental protections by significantly cutting the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and rolling back regulations. These changes, if implemented, will reduce protections for clean water and clean air and will threaten public health and safety throughout the country. For Massachusetts, state laws protecting our rivers and streams and for responding to climate change will become increasingly important. Have your voice for environmental protection heard. Stay tuned for upcoming CRWA action alerts and speak up!  

Learn more about strategies for advancing clean water and energy policies from former EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe CRWA's Annual Meeting on March 22nd. In his keynote address, Perciasepe will discuss possible paths forward for environmental protection. Learn more and purchase tickets

Attend CRWA's Annual Meeting


Environmental news roundup

Smog over Boston - The U.S. National Archives

Here are some of the headlines to watch as the administration begins to cut protections to the environment. 

EPA Budget Cuts: As reported in The Hill, the administration seeks to cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by a reported 24%. These proposed cuts will likely be met with resistance in Congress.

Undoing the Clean Water Rule: Last month, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the EPA to reconsider the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule, currently blocked by an appeals court, protects smaller creeks and wetlands under the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Scientists dismayed:  The Boston Globe reported former EPA scientists stunned by proposed cuts. And in an interview with MSNBC, Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy explained that “The Trump administration is really challenging our effort to maintain strong environmental protections that are necessary for public health.” Read more in the Huffington Post

We still need the EPA: The Verge depicts what America looked like before environmental protections were put in place. View additional photos documenting pollution in the 1970's taken as part of EPA's DOCUMERICA project

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