Margaret Van Deusen - Charles River Watershed Association
Margaret Van Deusen - Charles River Watershed Association

Margaret Van Deusen, Esq.

Deputy Director and General Counsel 
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Margaret directs CRWA's Law, Advocacy and Policy work, focusing on water resource sustainability, instream flow, water quality, aquatic habitat and climate change issues. She leads CRWA’s multi-year campaign to reform water resource law, policy and practice in MA. She brought the series of precedent-setting cases challenging MassDEP’s implementation of the Water Management Act, governing large water withdrawals, and also provides legal support to other environmental organizations.  

A member of the Massachusetts Bar, U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, she serves on numerous committees including MassDEP’s Water Resources Management Committee, the state’s Sustainable Water Management Initiative Advisory Committee, and the Longfellow Bridge Task Force.  

Margaret graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining CRWA in 2000, she served as a public defender in Boston, an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts A.G.’s Environmental Protection Division, and as a partner at Rubin and Rudman.

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