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.
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.
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.
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.