Two of America’s most amazing ocean areas lie off of New England’s coast: Coral Canyons and Seamounts, and Cashes Ledge. These places provide vital refuges for a stunning diversity of ocean wildlife including ancient coral gardens, vast kelp forests, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds, and fish.

Yet destructive activities have already taken a toll, and the specter of deep sea mining and drilling casts a shadow over what remains.

Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Southeast of Cape Cod, where the continental shelf drops off into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, there are canyons as deep as the Grand Canyon and underwater mountains higher than any east of the Rockies.  The waters above these canyons and seamounts teem with ocean wildlifeincluding tuna, sharks, seabirds, and the endangered sperm and right whales. 

Cashes Ledge. Approximately 80 miles southeast of Portland, Maine, the ledge of an underwater mountain range creates a flow of nutrients and oxygen that allow diverse marine life to flourish.  Cashes Ledge features the largest and deepest cold-water kelp forest on the Atlantic seaboardwith kelp growing so high that in some places it towers over divers’ heads. The area also hosts bluefin tuna, sea turtles, sharks, and also provides seasonal habitat for several types of whales

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Water contamination beyond big cities | John Rumpler

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President Obama protects Boundary Waters from Toxic Mining

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New EPA Plan Creates Framework to Propel Action on Drinking Water

Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday released a new Drinking Water Action Plan. The move comes in the wake of alarming instances of water contamination across the country – from lead pipes, algal blooms, chemical spills and more. 

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Senate Approves Aid for Flint and Other Communities Facing Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water

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Sec. Clinton will 'sweat the details' for a clean environment

Last week Secretary Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major political party. "We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying until November 8: for the sake our planet and our families’ health, we’re with her," said Margie Alt, Environment America executive director.

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