Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

New Direction For the New River

Aug 19, 2016
ReNew The New

The New River is, in fact, one of the oldest rivers on the planet. And because people have used waterways as dumps for centuries, The New got its share of trash over the years.  But thanks to dedicated volunteers, clean up efforts are paying off, like the one happening NEXT weekend; the annual, “ReNew The New.”  Robbie Harris reports.

Ann Goette is founder of ReNew the New.  She’s been coordinating river clean up events in Giles County for 15 years.

It’s common in college towns to find tensions between students and long-time residents. In Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, two students have set out to improve so-called town-gown relations with a program that cultivates friendships through gardening. 

Westhaven is a small neighborhood between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville - a collection of small homes, many built in the early 20th century, and to newer, subsidized town homes for low income families.

“It’s public housing, so you only have so much space.”

Pamela D'Angelo

Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues.

Menhaden Fishing Limits are Swimming in Controversy

Aug 5, 2016
Associated Press

A fish crucial to Chesapeake Bay crabbers and Virginia's omega-3 oil industry is proving to be one of the most controversial, as Atlantic fisheries managers struggled this week at their summer meeting to determine how much should be caught.

Shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing as sea level rises and higher tides eat away at beaches and cliffs. That means hand-wringing among some waterfront property owners. But for archeologists and paleontologists, the story is more complicated.

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