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Water Systems: The Invisible Infrastructure

Mason jars with yellow tap water

By Dan Radmacher Most Americans don’t think twice about the ability to turn on a tap and have clean, safe water pour out. “Water is something we take for granted,” says Glenn Barnes, associate director of the Environmental Finance Center


The Tiny House Revolution

Sarah Kellogg with her tiny house frame

More and more people are building tiny houses as a sustainable alternative to traditionally large American homes.


Fighting the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in N.C.

hemlock hike

Measures from predatory beetles to chemical treatments are being taken to combat the invasive insect.


1,000 Days on Bottled Water

By Kevin Ridder Jan. 11 marked the 1,000th day that hundreds of North Carolinians living near Duke Energy’s coal ash basins have lived on bottled water. Affected residents spoke at press conferences in Raleigh and Charlotte that day along with


Contaminated: Drinking Water Problems in Appalachia

Floyd spring

By Hannah Gillespie Springs Harbor Potentially Harmful Bacteria Leigh-Anne Krometis, associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering, began studying the use of Appalachian roadside springs for drinking water in 2016 to determine whether they could be a


Decades in the Making: A Mine Reclamation Backlog

map of density of abandoned mine problems

Several charts and maps show the enormity of the abandoned mine problems that still need to be cleaned up — and the inadequacy of the current cleanup fund.


Citizens, public interest group denounce TVA’s proposed new fee

Chattanooga, TN – Nearly 40 people attended today’s Tennessee Valley Authority Board meeting to speak out against TVA’s plans to change the way it charges local power companies for energy. Many speakers argued that the “New Pricing Paradigm,” as TVA


The Ongoing Cleanup of Abandoned Coal Mines

amd drainage

A key federal mine reclamation program is up for reauthorization in 2021 — and the work is far from finished.


Bays Mountain: Lakeside and Fire Tower Trails

lake view

The network of trails at Tennessee’s largest city park allows hikers of any skill level to design an outing to suit them.


Bruce Gould and Kate McClory: Advocates for a Better Appalachia

Bruce Gould and Kate McClory distribute The Appalachian Voice in Richmond, Va., and are passionate about enjoying and protecting the outdoors.