Top Stories

A map shows the expansion of West Virginia American Water since 1969. Created by Alicia Willett for

Water Privatization

The troubles of an investor-owned, private water utility in West Virginia illustrate some of the hazards of private water ownership. Nationally, the number of Americans relying on public water utilities is growing, and for-profit water companies face a tougher market.
Growing Warriors

In Defense of Food Security

Veteran farmers and gardeners find that working the land can help with the transition from solider to civilian.
The Big Sandy crayfish, which is currently considered endangered by Virginia officials, may also be listed as federally endangered. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University

Mounting Threats Imperil Appalachian Crayfish

There are more than 300 different species of crayfish in the southeastern United States, and two West Virginia species of these adaptable freshwater crustaceans may be declared federally endangered.
The University of Kentucky’s rain garden is used as a living-learning lab for students. Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky

Sharing a Neighborhood with Coal Ash

As a child growing up in Walnut Tree, N.C., Tracey Edwards played outside and ate from neighborhood fruit trees. But now she is worried about the effect of coal ash on her neighborhood and family.
Andrew Jessee tests the water for nitrates with fellow students from Castlewood High School at Wetlands Estonoa

Grade Green: Creative Environmental Curriculum

Educators across the region are bringing the lessons from the natural world to the classroom — and taking the classroom outside.