The future of America's streams, rivers and lakes is on the agenda of U.S. Supreme Court justices this Monday, Jan. 12, when they hear arguments on whether a pristine Alaskan lake may be killed by operators of Kensington gold mine. Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo, who has kept the lake alive through a series of successful battles in lower courts, will again take the lead in this final showdown -- but the stakes have become much greater. "The whole reason Congress passed the Clean Water Act was to stop turning our lakes and rivers into industrial waste dumps," Waldo said. "The …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Tom Turner is director of publications at the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund.
Why it’s a big deal that half of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice
NFL player tackles sustainable beef off the field
Why you should be skeptical of Walmart’s cheap organic food
El Niño could raise meteorological hell this year
The brutally dishonest attacks on Showtime’s landmark climate series