Region 1: EPA New England
State of the New England Environment: 1970-2000
remember the past... protect the future
|As we celebrate the arrival of the new millennium, we are also heralding the 30th anniversary of Earth Day and the 30th birthday of the EPA. It seems appropriate to look at the victories we have won and the challenges that lie ahead.|
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|Table of Contents|
|open letter from Mindy S. Lubber, Regional Administrator|
|introduction (PDF) (2 pp, 397K)|
|protecting public health (PDF) (8 pp, 1MB)|
|new england's ecosystems (PDF) (6 pp, 999)|
|creating healthy communities (PDF) (8 pp, 841K)|
|promoting environmental stewardship (PDF) (4 pp, 663K)|
|challenges in the next century (PDF) (4 pp, 340K)|
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|State of the New England Environment 1970 - 2000 (PDF) (38 pp, 3.7MB)|
open letter to the people of new england
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has" Margaret Mead
It has often been said that a nation's most valuable asset is its people. We at EPA New England know this to be true and our work is guided by that premise.
The most important action we can take to protect our environment is to build and expand the partnerships we have with the people of New England. Whether it's state agencies, tribes, municipal governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations or individual citizens, the bonds that we forge with these groups will be critical in our success or failure in improving our environment.
This 40-page report on the State of the New England Environment is part of that effort. Well-informed citizens and communities are the foundation for clean water, healthy air and green vibrant landscapes.
This year being the 30th anniversary of EPA and Earth Day, we've made a special effort in this report to examine not only today's environment but how it compares to 1970 when the environmental movement in this country was launched.
This report will show that we've made enormous progress. In one generation, we have reversed the effects of more than a century of industrial pollution and environmental degradation. We're also well on our way to restoring our treasured natural resources. And we have accomplished all of this while building the strongest economy in the nation's history.
But our work is far from finished. Many communities and neighborhoods especially in our cities have yet to share fully in the benefits of our environmental progress. We also face environmental problems that were scarcely understood 30 years ago - issues like sprawl, nonpoint source pollution and global climate change. EPA New England is tackling these challenges with a vengeance and has become a leader in finding new innovative ways to deal with them.
Much of what we have accomplished is a credit to John P. DeVillars, who ran EPA New England for six years before departing in January, and to those regional administrators who preceded him. Even more credit should go to the EPA New England staff who for years have worked long and hard to carry out the agency's mission. The outstanding work of these public servants has yielded huge dividends for our environment and I have every intention of carrying that momentum forward in the years to come.
But, in the end, we at EPA do not hold the key to protecting our environment. As you will see in this report, the common thread in all of our successes is strong cooperation and support from outside the agency people like you who have taken up the challenge of achieving a better environment. And I am confident that the people of New England will continue to take up that challenge for the next 30 years, and for the generations to come.
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