Water Quality

Fighting for Clean Water
7:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What To Do With Toxic Coal Ash

Environmentalists are glad to see Dominion Power shutting down coal burning power plants, but they want the utility to do something about the waste left behind when coal is burned.  

At the Chesapeake Energy Center, Dominion has stored tons of coal ash for decades.  Deborah Murray is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“They have just simply been storing the coal ash for about 60 years now in unlined pits, and the evidence is very clear, and Dominion’s own records show that it’s contaminating the ground water.”

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Grant-Winning Research on Water Quality
1:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Solving Real World Problems

While some high school kids are playing video games or watching movies on their cell phones,  eight students from Charlottesville are trying to solve a serious global problem – how to turn polluted water into something people can drink. 

Last fall,students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School decided to enter the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams challenge – a contest that awards 15 grants of up to $10,000 for research on real world problems.  Bob Troy chairs the high school’s science department. 

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Air & Water Quality
3:47 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Public Meeting Over Environmental Concerns at Radford Arsenal

Credit www.epa.gov

The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant opened in the 1940s, making arms and propellants for the military and creating jobs in the region.

When it was built, the Arsenal as it’s known, was miles from population centers, but not anymore.  New communities have sprung up in recent years. And concerns about pollution by the plant have also been growing.

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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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Citizen's Brigade with a Decade of Data
4:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

StreamWatch

Credit StreamWatch

Analyzing water is a complicated business.  It can contain any number of pollutants and require a variety of regulations to clean it up, but the state of Virginia is using a simpler approach – letting nature determine water quality, and asking citizens to help.

On a sunny weekday afternoon, four people arrive at a one-lane bridge northeast of Charlottesville, unpacking a car loaded with mysterious gear – nets, gloves and waders, a table and chairs.  They could easily be mistaken for picnickers.  In fact, they’re on a more serious mission.

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