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Environmental Groups Sue Four Coal and Chemical Facilities

Environmental groups have sued three coal facilities and one chemical plant for the alleged illegal pollution of adjacent waterways.

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Ohio River Protections Now Optional

In June, an interstate regulatory agency voted to replace mandatory water quality protections for the Ohio River with voluntary guidelines that states can choose whether or not to follow.

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As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

Sutton Lake

As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed.

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Keeping the Nolichucky “Wild and Scenic”

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A grassroots effort to protect the Nolichucky River has the support of lawmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and more.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Meet the marvelous world of Odonata.

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Agency Says Hellbenders Not Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the Eastern Hellbender salamander as endangered, prompting protest from conservation groups.

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Permaculture Ponds

people by pond

The Todds use permaculture principles to create sustainable systems that can improve water quality, treat wastewater and provide other benefits.

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Citizen Science in Appalachia

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From monitoring the health of local waterways to tracking the changing seasons, people from all walks of life are seizing the opportunity to participate in scientific projects.

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Keeping Eyes on Coal’s Impact

DJ Coker

Citizen scientists surveil water quality near active and former coal mines to hold companies accountable to the law.

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Documenting Environmental Changes

Eastern hellbender salamander

Citizen scientists use a mobile app to monitor seasonal life cycle phases of plants and animals along the Appalachian Trail, and use drones to monitor the habitats of Eastern hellbender salamanders.

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