The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

May 21, 2016

Big steps for energy efficiency

We launched our Energy Savings for Appalachia program in 2013 with high hopes of making home energy-efficiency improvements more affordable for more people. We reached a major milestone in April when Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., a rural electric cooperative in western North Carolina, announced a new financing option for its members.

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NC dodges citizens' coal ash concerns

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's actions on ‎coal ash reflect a pattern of attempts by the McCrory administration to insulate itself from citizens' legitimate concerns. It's time for lawmakers to acknowledge DEQ's failures and focus on moving forward to fully clean up coal ash ponds.

[ Ready Amy's op-ed from the News & Observer ]

Connecting the economic dots in Southwest Virginia

More than 300 people attended the 2016 Economic Forum hosted by University of Virginia-Wise, whose tagline for the event described the goals: "Discover. Connect. Ignite." Appalachian Voices partnered in hosting the conference, which drew people from across the spectrum — from local farmers and civic leaders to multinational business experts and high-ranking federal officials.

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From streams to spigots, water pollution plagues eastern Kentucky

A creek in Martin County, Ky., ran bright yellow in April, and state investigators mostly shrugged it off. Local citizens, however, say it's just one more example of the countless times that their streams or drinking water, even from the municipally supplied sources, has run foul — or not at all.

[ Tarence Ray dives deep on a troubling issue ]

Protecting the Clinch from coal ash

The proposed draining of a four-acre coal ash impoundment at Appalachian Power Co.'s Carbo power plant in Southwest Virginia would discharge polluted water into the Clinch River. Unfortunately, the draft permit the state has issued is not nearly protective enough of this world-renowned natural treasure beloved by local communities.

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Dance of the Timberdoodle

Characterized by a long bill, short and stout stature, extravagant mating display and a nickname like timberdoodle, the American woodcock would seem to be a bird that stands out. But this well-camouflaged bird is easier to hear than to see.

[ Meet the elusive American woodcock ]
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Spring is a time of growth — and Appalachian Voices is growing, too! Look below to read about our new team members, and donate today to help us further our work to build a new, clean energy economy for Appalachia!

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Tracey Wright

Appalachian Voices Board Secretary Tracey Wright is an educator and self-described "everyday person" making a difference in the region.

[ Meet Tracey ]

 

Welcome!
We extend a hearty welcome to Nick Wood, our new N.C. Field Organizer, and Lou Murrey, our Tennesse Outreach Associate who comes to us through the AmeriCorps program.

[ Meet the team ]

 

Join Our Team!
We're seeking two AmeriCorps members to serve with our N.C. coal ash cleanup and energy efficiency campaigns, and we're also looking for a motivated professional to serve as our Virginia Campaign Coordinator!

[ Apply now! ]

Environmental Calendar of Events[ View full calendar ]

Public Hearing on Federal Coal Leasing Program
May 26: Join us at the Bureau of Land Management's public hearing. Knoxville, Tenn.
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21st Annual Clinch River Days
June 2-4: Celebrate mountain heritage with activities, food, music, and more. St. Paul, Va.
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Seedtime on the Cumberland
June 3-4: Join Appalshop for its annual summer festival. Whitesburg, Ky.
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Mountain Music Festival
June 4: Raft the New and Gauley Rivers and listen to live music at ACE Adventure Resort. Minden, W.Va.
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Appalachian Heritage Festival
June 11-13: Sample regional music, food, and crafts. Limestone, Tenn.
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Rhododendron Festival
June 18-19: Celebrate Appalachia's natural and cultural beauty. Roan Mountain, Tenn.
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The Whippoorwill Festival
July 7-10: Learn earth-friendly living skills for a sustainable Appalachia. Beattyville, Ky.
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Music Fest 'N
Sugar Grove

July 15-16: Come listen to great music and visit our table. Sugar Grove, N.C.
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AppVoices at FloydFest
July 27-31: For the second year in a row, we're the featured nonprofit! Join us in Floyd, Va.


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