Environment

Changing Definition of "Lead-Free"
5:37 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Lead Found in Well Water Tests

Credit Virginia Household Water Quality Program

There’s no argument about the fact that any amount of lead in drinking water is unsafe. 

No matter how much, it’s too much, of this potent neurotoxin. 

But lead has been showing up in well water tests around Virginia. About a fifth of the state’s residents get their water from wells.

Lead does not occur naturally in Virginia’s groundwater, instead, it’s a problem of civilization, namely, indoor plumbing. 

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Return on Investment
5:31 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cleaning the Chesapeake Bay

With a businessman in the governor’s mansion and a legislature talking about cutting costs, one environmental group is moving to assure that there’s enough money set aside to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. 

It argues that for every dollar the state invests in keeping pollutants out of rivers and streams, it will gain $4 in benefits.

We’ve seen economic reports on how fishing, shipping, recreational boating and tourism on the Bay benefit the state of Virginia, but now the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking at a bigger picture. 

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Environment
7:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Financial Benefits of Weatherizing Homes

Many Virginians at or below the poverty level are struggling with utility bills and looking for any possible way to cut costs.

As Virginia Public Radio's Tommie McNeil report, one way to save could be the free Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

Weatherization can cut energy bills by up to 35-percent, and the program seeks to assist low-income residents in this way.  Deputy Housing Director Chris Thompson says the program is not limited to a specific region. 

 

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Environment
7:41 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Figuring Out How to Address Growing Feral Cat Population

Credit Wikipedia

While cat- and dog-lovers sometimes have contentious debates over which beloved animal is smarter, more adoring, and the overall better pet, a much more serious debate is taking place in Richmond about the two.  And that is—when it comes to feral and stray cats, why aren't they afforded the same rights as dogs? 

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Keeping Virginia Bees Buzzing

photo by Beverly Amsler

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports nearly one third of Virginia’s honey bee colonies died last winter.  But one Floyd County beekeeper had a better survival rate. 

Turn into Mark Chorba’s driveway and you pass a pond with ducks and geese, and chickens stroll around in the front yard.  In the grass behind the farmhouse are stacks of boxes of various heights holding hundreds of thousands of bees. 

“So what do you want to do?”

“Let’s go see the bees.”

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