MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTCOMESFIRST
Letters and Press
Air and water
Just as the western part of the state said no to diversion of Connecticut River water
into Quabbin in the 1980’s to meet the ever-growing need for water in the eastern
part of the state, we now say no to the exploitation of our forests for energy. Western
Massachusetts is not the state’s energy colony. Water conservation decreased Boston’s
demand by 30%; energy conservation can eliminate the need for new plants to be built.
Alexandra Dawson, JD, President
Alexandra received her law degree from Harvard in 1966. She worked for private law
firms for seven years, then moved over to the Conservation Law Foundation. Since
then she has been counsel to a regional planning council, taught in six colleges,
written a book and a manual on environmental law and science, run a graduate program
at Antioch New England, and fought the diversion of the Connecticut River as counsel
to the Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee. She is semi-retired in western
Mass and writes a column for the county paper.
Mary S. Booth, PhD. Senior Scientist
A co-founder of MEEA in 2009, Mary is an ecosystem ecologist with a PhD in Ecology
from Utah State University, and an MA in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts.
Her research has focused on soil nitrogen and carbon cycling and how plants influence
their environment, as well as development of a pollution loading model for the Mississippi
River Basin. She lives in Pelham, MA.