Pollution

Documentary Tests the Waters of Virginia

Aug 25, 2017

A new film is making the rounds in Virginia – its producers using this state as a test of how much difference their investigative work might make.  What Lies Upstream will be shown at the Byrd Theater in Richmond Sunday, August 27 at 1:30, at the Grandin Theater in Roanoke on Wednesday August 30th at 7:15 and at the Alamo Draft House in Charlottesville Thursday, August 31 at 7 pm, with each showing followed by a panel discussion. 

Sierra Club: Low Income and Minority Zip Codes Face Worst Air Pollution

Aug 2, 2017

A new survey shows people living in low income and minority communities are often subject to the worst air pollution in the state.

Jessie Knadler

The Middle River flows through Bobby Whitescarver and his wife Jeanne Trimble Hoffman’s 40 acre farm in Swoope. It looks like chocolate milk.  “This is the biggest river in Augusta County and it’s the most polluted,” he says.  

epa.gov

The level of environmental pollution rose in Virginia for the first time in seven years. And once again, Montgomery County in the southwestern part of the state, tops the list for the largest amount of toxic emissions. But some say the numbers are misleading.

VA's Waterways At Risk

Dec 22, 2014
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Virginians tired of the cold weather may already be dreaming of summer plans—days on the beach, swimming, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, or canoeing on favorite waterways.  But in some cases, those plans could get canceled because rising pollution and bacterial levels force temporary closures of those locations. The Department of Environmental Quality’s latest “Impaired Waters” report makes that scenario more likely for a larger number of waterways.

DEQ's Bill Hayden says the impairment is not necessarily due to more pollutants.

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