Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
12:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Safe For Now

Friends of Stadium Woods

A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday.  The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.

Under the plan that will be recommended by the University, a new football practice building will be go in where an outdoor practice field now sits -- between Lane Stadium and an old growth stand of trees known as Stadium Woods.  The much loved, eleven acre forest  was once on the list of potential sites for the new facility.

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Balancing Acidity
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rivers on Rolaids

U.Va. environmental scientist Michael Pace and former U.Va. student Carol Yang conduct a water study.
Credit University of Virginia

Something surprising is happening to rivers in the eastern part of the United States.  Scientists from the Universities of Virginia and Maryland say human activities are changing the basic chemistry of the water.

In a survey of 97 rivers from Florida to New Hampshire over up to six decades, scientists have discovered the water becoming less acidic – a surprise in light of how much acid rain has fallen in this part of the world.

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Protecting Nearby Land
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The New River Trail

Recently Bulldozed

The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax.  It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.

Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.

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Push for Sustainable Energy Sources
2:16 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

New Power for the Old Dominion

On September first, Dominion Power is required to submit a report to the state, explaining how it will provide electricity over the next fifteen years, but even before that happens, a coalition of environmental groups is demanding the utility use more sustainable energy sources to generate power. 

Four environmental groups say they’re unhappy with the direction Dominion Power is moving – with steady or increased reliance on natural gas, coal and nuclear technology, so they’re launching a campaign called New Power for the Old Dominion.

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Roanoke County Rock On Charters
4:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Explore Park Venture

Roanoke County’s Explore Park is trying to lure visitors in, using a rod and reel.   Fishing trips are being introduced to the Roanoke River Gorge, which flows through the park.

While the weather put a damper on business early in the season,  they're casting out late but undeterred.

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