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(Un)Well Water

Plastic bottle with rust-colored tap water

By Kevin Ridder Melissa and Chauncy Easterling first discovered that something was wrong with the well water that fed their Jolo, W.Va., home in late 2016. Neither they nor their local health department could pinpoint the cause. “It had a


Can We Save the Mighty Hemlock?

dead and thriving hemlocks

As the threat posed by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid grows, so do efforts to save “the redwood of the East.”


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.


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.