Water Quality

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Feb 7, 2014
Lynchburg News and Advance

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.

Endangered Species Act

Jan 2, 2014
Virginia Tech

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.

Stabilizing Threatened Species

Dec 30, 2013

December 2013 marked the 40th Birthday of the US Endangered Species Act …and in the decades since, many people have been working to get threatened species off the endangered list.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are making progress with a key species that helps keep area waterways alive and healthy.

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources is warning that supplies of groundwater in the eastern part of the state are running dangerously low. 

Speaking at a conference on the environment at Virginia Military Institute, Doug Domenech said stores are down due increased demand from new homes, shopping centers and industrial parks.

The state is now urging industries that don’t need clean water to consider finding other sources, such as rivers, and the legislature recently approved money to monitor areas where ground water is in decline.