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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

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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

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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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West Virginia Drops Drinking Water Protections

A state legislative committee accepted an industry group’s last-minute amendment to state drinking water standards dictating safe pollutant levels.

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Knoxville Chemical Waste Permit Renewed After Citizen Hearing

Community members voiced multiple concerns about the plant, which has previous infractions for leaking contaminants into local groundwater.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline ordered to halt construction at stream crossings

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Bird's Eye View

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, following a court ruling and an announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Empowering Citizens at the 2018 Water Justice Summit

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Water defenders and community activists from across Central Appalachia and beyond gathered in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this summer to network, share stories and strategize to protect the region’s water. The day included workshops on topics such as water quality monitoring,

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FIRE Summit Embraces Hands-On Learning in Kentucky

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An Eastern Kentucky initiative aims to shift the focus of the classroom away from activities that simply comply with education standards and toward driving innovation through projects like building tiny homes and detecting cancer.

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Water Systems: The Invisible Infrastructure

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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 at the University

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Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

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This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects!

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