A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Solar program aids Virginia parishes, schools as environmental stewards

aerial view of a church with solar panels

“It is the best of both worlds. We can save money and care for the environment,” said Father Jonathan Goertz, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Danville, one of the churches joining the effort.

More Than 1 Million North Carolinians Face Utility Shutoffs

water faucet

The last of North Carolina’s moratoriums on utility shutoffs expired in August. While Gov. Roy Cooper allocated $175 million in rent and utility bill assistance, consumer advocates say that it won’t be nearly enough.

Volunteer monitors coal mine data and maintains Appalachian Trail

Much of Dan’s work involves pulling data about mine transfers, bonding and environmental violations from public sources, and aggregating it in an understandable and manageable way.

Snorkeler Casper Cox Explores Appalachia’s Diverse Freshwater Life

A gray and green fish carries a stone in its moth, surrounded by smaller red fish

Snorkeling Appalachia’s rivers and creeks puts adventurers face-to-face with a diverse and colorful array of fish.

EPA Finalizes Weakened Coal Ash Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allows utilities to dump coal ash into unlined pits through April 2021, and some companies may be able to do so for longer.

Tennessee Adds Seven Sites to National Register of Historic Places

Four of the sites added by the Tennessee Historical Commission are in the Appalachian region.

“Succession School” to Help Ohio’s Elder Generation of Farmers

Young farmers can have trouble accessing land, and often the direct descendants of older farmers are becoming less interested in taking up the torch. An Ohio program aims to help older farmers with the succession process.

Public Hearing on Kentucky Utilities’ Coal Ash Cleanup Plan

Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate.

Red Bird Mission Adds Solar

Man wearing face mask holds circuit board

A partnership between Eastern Kentucky organizations recently brought solar panels — and substantial utility bill savings — to Red Bird Mission.

Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition Receives Federal Grants

The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, a network of agroforestry stakeholders, received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this spring to continue to revive forest farming as a sustainable development practice.