The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


From Our Executive Director:
Saying "No!" to Toxins in Our Water

Appalachian Voices works with citizens throughout the region to expose water pollution from mountaintop removal mining, and we've been advocating for strong state standards to control this dangerous pollutant. We are pushing back on the EPA's approval of weakened selenium standards in Kentucky, and we're ready to hit the ground to fight for responsible, enforceable standards in other states.

[ Read more from Tom, and take action below ]

EPA Decision is Bad for Kentuckians

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed the state of Kentucky to weaken a critical water-quality standard for selenium — a decision that could make it easier for the coal industry to do more mountaintop removal mining and deeply compromise the safety of communities across the entire Appalachian region.

[ Tell the EPA we need them to protect citizen rights to clean and safe water! ]

Voices Cranks
Up the Volume

Appalachian Voices welcomes three new dynamite staff members to our team. Amy, Ann and Kara each bring outstanding skills, heartfelt passion, and a strong sense of justice to our mission, and are already making a difference, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee.

[ Get to know Amy, Ann and Kara ]

Tell the FHWA: Stop the Hijack of the Coalfields Expressway

The Federal Highway Administration is preparing to seal the fate of the Coalfields Expressway in Virginia, and they need to hear directly from you that this project is nothing more than a mountaintop removal project being disguised as a highway.

[ Take Action online, or better yet, join us at a rally in D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 5 ]

Solving Appalachia’s Economic Crisis

Some people can’t let go of the past. Others, like Virginia organic farmer and community advocate Anthony Flaccavento, help us anticipate and prepare for the future. We pulled up an extra chair to our Front Porch blog and invited Anthony to share his thoughts on the ways Appalachian communities are making a comeback and his strategies to make sure the progress continues.

[ Find out how what Anthony has to say about Appalachia’s economic transition ]

A Waterfall and a View

Take Kentucky's highest mountain, add a stunning waterfall, surround it with 2,500 acres of protected land teeming with wildlife, and you end up with a hike that even the most stoic among us will love.

[ Take a hike! ]



Appalachia is your mountain playground - help us protect itJoin us in our mission to defend Appalachia for your grandchildren to enjoy.

[ Become a Mountain Protector -- donate today]

Lowell Dodge
Any man who names his home Good Woods must be a champion of the forests and mountains of Appalachia — and Lowell Dodge certainly is!
[ Read more ]

Join us for a special gathering on Thursday, Dec. 5, to celebrate our new office in Charlottesville, Va., take part in our annual membership meeting, and toast to the holiday season. [ Learn more and RSVP to the event! ]



Lost on the Road
to Oblivion

Now through Feb. 7: Photographer and conservationist Carl Galie's and N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti's joint exhibition on the "Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country." Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, N.C.
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114th Annual Audubon Winter Bird Count
Dec. 14 - Jan. 5: Volunteer to help track avian populations in your area.
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Tennessee Parks Annual Running Tour
Every Saturday through March: Features 20 road races and one trail race, distances vary from five to 13 miles; walkers welcome. Held throughout Tennessee.

Environmental Calendar of Events
Check out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

November 28, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 11

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