Olympia Bowker
Olympia (Libby) Bowker

Newburyport Office
978.463.7700
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Olympia (Libby) Bowker, an associate at the firm, routinely represents clients in a broad range of environmental, land use, zoning, permitting, and other regulatory matters. 

Prior to joining Mead, Talerman & Costa, Libby worked in Boston at New England’s oldest environmental law firm, representing both public and private entities before zoning boards, planning boards, conservation commissions, and other various administrative forums, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, Land Court, and Superior Court. 

Libby’s written work has been featured in a variety of legal and environmental publications, including the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Municipal Law Quarterly, the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) Newsletter, and the Boston Jar Journal. She has presented seminars and webinars on zoning and legal developments affecting municipal boards for the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), the Annual Environmental Conference of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).

Libby graduated from the University of Vermont, and went on to receive both her Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. In her time at Vermont Law School, she served on the editorial board of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and completed specialized coursework to obtain certificates in Land Use Law and Water Resources Law. 

Prior to law school, Ms. Bowker conducted oceanic temperature research aboard a research vessel based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, led a backcountry trail crew repairing remote sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, and taught outdoor science classes at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. 

Education:

B.A., University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)

M.E.L.P., Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT)

J.D., Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT)

Select Publications: 

Supreme Court Rules A Clean Water Act Permit Can Be Required For Groundwater Discharges By Maui Country Into Navigable Waters, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (2020).

Lake and Pond Management – How Much Authority Does a Conservation Commission Have? The Stockbridge Bowl Case from Two Perspectives: Part 2, Science Meets Law in Superior Court Ruling Allowing Herbicides for Lake and Pond Management, Conservation Quarterly (2020).

Adorable as Affordable?: The Zoning Challenge of Tiny Houses, Boston Bar Journal (2019).

Appeals Court Applies Vernal Pool Protections in Original OOC for Entire Subdivision Despite Commission’s Delay Acting On Subsequent NOI, Conservation Quarterly (2017).

New Law Means Less Control for Municipalities, The Municipal Law Quarterly (2016).

A Vague Invasion: The Inadequacy of Invasive Species Definitions in Reaching Federal and State Goals, Illustrated by Application of A. Arenaria to Coastal Dune Preservation, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (2015).

The Dam(age) Stops Here: The Public Trust and Dam Removal, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Ecoperspectives (2015).