Natural Resources

Coral Reefs off the Coast of Virginia
10:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Mapping the Ocean

Captain Monty Hawkins
Credit Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

 

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

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Go Outside Festival
10:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Branding Roanoke

Credit www.roanokegofest.com

Roanoke officials have spent the past five years promoting the Star City as an outdoor community. 

Pete Eshelman is the city’s Director of Outdoor Branding, and says Virginia Tech is seeing a trend for new graduates wanting to stay in the area particularly because of the variety of outdoor amenities.

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Floyd Residents Call It Victory
5:26 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Pipeline Route Changed

Credit preservefloyd.org

A change in the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline that would run through southwestern Virginia is a victory for the town of Floyd.  But some say, it simply sends the problem elsewhere.

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale reserve in Pennsylvania through Virginia to North Carolina.  That prospect mobilized people in Floyd County to fight the plan for the 42 inch pipe to pass though their land. 

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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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Mapping Adaptation
3:17 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Credit Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

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