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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

Great News for the Great Lakes!

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In what could fairly be called a tumultuous federal budget process, we are pleased to report that despite the ongoing dysfunction in Washington, D.C., there comes great news for the Great Lakes.  The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Monday night (January 13, 2014) released a $1.012 trillion compromise on a 2014 spending bill that would restore funding […]

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Buffalo River: Rising From the Dead

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Many people have heard the story or seen the pictures of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio catching fire in the late 1960’s, which provided a horrifying visual of how pollution was devastating the Great Lakes.  The public outcry after the river caught fire helped push Congress to the pass the historic Clean Water Act in 1972.  What many […]

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Good News on Horizon for Wetlands

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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) announced a joint proposed rule that would clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are “waters of the United States” and subject to jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).   This progress is welcome news, as Supreme Court cases dating […]

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Shape the Future of Great Lakes Restoration

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Since it’s inception in 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has proved to be the shot in the arm that is needed to help bring the Great Lakes back from the tipping point of ecological collapse.  With more than a billion dollars invested through the GLRI, the program has been successful in cleaning up toxic hot spots, […]

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Lobbying for the Earth

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Today, hundreds of environmentalists from across New York State traveled to Albany, NY for the 23rd annual Earth Day Lobby Day.  Environmentalists will be meeting with members of the New York State Assembly and Senate, urging representatives to pass a series of bills identified by the environmental community as “Super Bills.”  The bills are common-sense […]

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Sequestration’s Impact on the Environment

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Congress has missed its deadline to prevent the automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration”.  This imposes $85 billion in across-the-board, indiscriminate cuts to the federal budget.  So what does this mean for the federal programs that protect our environment and public health?  The actual on the ground implications to our […]

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Just Say No to Drugs in Our Water

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As we like to say here at CCE, I like my morning coffee with cream and sugar, not viagra and steroids.  While some reading this might think that this would merely be a fun way to start the day, at CCE we say this to make the point that we must address the emerging problem of pharmaceutical waste that is finding it’s […]

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