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Over thousands of years, the creeks and streams of Appalachia shaped mountain hollows and wove together to create the rivers that provide drinking water to many of the region’s residents and wild creatures. Just as every part of the landscape is touched by water, so too every human is affected by the quality and availability of fresh drinking water — or the lack of it.

In the February/March issue of The Appalachian Voice, we hear from some of the residents who don’t have access to reliable, healthy water in their homes, and examine several of the challenges facing rural water systems.

Read the full Feb/March issue online


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The Tiny House Revolution

Very small houses can have huge benefits for sustainability and affordability.

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A Mine Reclamation Backlog

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.


1,000 Days on Bottled Water in N.C.

North Carolina residents living near Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds called on the state to issue stronger groundwater standards and force the company to clean up its ash.

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Fighting the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative’s Margot Wallston describes the methods being used to save hemlocks from the woolly adelgid — and how you can help.