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When Civil Disobedience Becomes Law Enforcement

August 26, 2013 | By Jeremy Brecher

Applying the public trust doctrine to protect us from climate change

Waterkeeper Alliance Declares Great Lakes a Shared Commons

May 25, 2012 | By Alexa Bradley & Jessica Conrad

A new resolution passed by the international organization founded and chaired by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Vermont Protects Public Rights to Groundwater

September 29, 2008 | By Tom Oconell

Quebec May Declare Water a “Collective Resource”

June 9, 2008 | By Tom Oconell

Vermont Steps in to Protect Water

May 8, 2008 | By Tom Oconell

Blue Pastures in a Public Trust

May 3, 2007 | By Mark Dowie

A proposal to open our coastal water to intensive fish-farming raises thorny environmental and legal questions.

Commons and Indigenous Communities: Overlapping Histories and Legal Tactics

February 6, 2007 | By Kathryn Milun

Native American history offers lessons on the dangers of the public trust doctrine.

Ten Tenets: The Law of the Commons of the Natural World

March 10, 2006 | By Carolyn Raffens...

The ten commons commandments, which already are enshrined in legal traditions and many state laws.

Who Owns Maine's Water?

February 14, 2006 | By Jim Wilfong

We need to ensure that Maine's water is clean, available and affordable for all -- and not endangered by large commercial bottlers.

The Public Trust Doctrine: Venerable and Besieged

December 19, 2005 | By Dotty Lemieux

The ancient public trust doctrine protects our drinking water, beach access, and other public rights in our own resources. But it is being challenged in the courts today.

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