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.
Scientists at Virginia Tech say a chemical that contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia early this year, is more complex than previously known. A new study may explain why a telltale smell persists, after officials declared the water safe to drink, more than two months ago.
We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville. Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.
Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.
The federal law protecting endangered species turned forty in 2013. And that calls for taking stock of how it’s been working.
Fresh Water mussels are at the foundation of aquatic life in inland waterways. At different times in their life cycle, the burrow into river bottoms, keeping soil substrates aerated, and they act as powerful filtering systems that help keep the water clean. But they’re on the endangered species list, and anything that threatens them, also threatens our fresh surface water.