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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian joined the CCE team straight out of college, and hasn't looked back in the ten years since. From protecting and restoring the Great Lakes, to advancing clean, renewable energy such as wind, Brian feels blessed to work on issues that have a major impact on the environment and public health in his native Western New York. In additition to local issues, Brian works to advance CCE campaigns across New York and Connecticut in his role as Program & Communications Director.

Brian's Posts

What a Week for the Great Lakes (and every one of us that depends upon them)!

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After working on Great Lakes protection and restoration issues for the past 15 years, it’s hard for me to think of a time when so many accomplishments occurred in such a short period of time.  That said, last week was good week—actually, a great week. Especially when you consider that much of the work that […]

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Communities Want a Healthy River and Lake

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Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River provide drinking water to several million people, support multi-billion dollar industries, offer unparalleled recreation and fishing opportunities, generate renewable hydroelectric power, and are home to an impressive array of wildlife. Perhaps most importantly, the river and lake enhance the quality of life for everyone in the region. It […]

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Cuomo Brings Great Hope for NY’s Environment in 2016

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While 2016 is less than a week old, Governor Cuomo has given us good reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. As part of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 agenda, he recently proposed some critical initiatives to bolster New York’s environmental legacy… Increase the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million: No matter who you are or where […]

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How to Avoid Plastic Microbeads: Ban Them!

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Ever since I heard about Dr. Sherri Mason’s research on plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, I’ve become very concerned, some say obsessed, with the issue of microbeads. The fixation began in my own house, where I found toothpastes, facial scrubs, and hand soaps with microbeads. My wife and I threw them all away, and […]

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A Game Changer for Drug-Free Waters

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Americans are using more pharmaceutical drugs than ever before.  About half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, and 10% take more than four.   In 2013, more than 3.9 billion prescriptions were filled at pharmacies in the United States.   Americans may be prescribed a whole lot of drugs, but we certainly don’t use them […]

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117 Million Americans: Your Drinking Water is at Risk

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More than 40 years ago, Congress made a promise to protect and improve our nation’s waters for future generations by passing the Clean Water Act (CWA). However, since 2001, Supreme Court decisions and federal guidance changes have weakened the CWA by limiting federal protections over wetlands and small streams. As a result, many wetlands and small streams are […]

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Ban Plastic Microbeads in New York!

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Although you may not even realize it, you may be scrubbing plastic on to your face or teeth every morning. In recent years a new ingredient has been added to many personal care products such as facial scrubs, soaps, shampoo, and toothpaste.  Tiny plastic microbeads have replaced ground walnut shells, sea salt, and other natural materials as an […]

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