A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Tennessee Drafting Public Recreation Plan

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is in the process of developing the state’s 10-year public recreation plan after gathering public input on priorities.

WV Bills to Relax Water Protections Seen as ‘Dangerous’

oil and gas storage tanks

Environmental groups in West Virginia are pushing back against two bills in West Virginia that would relax regulations on above-ground chemical storage tanks and ease groundwater quality standards.

An Experiment in Revitalizing Old Mine Sites

acid mine drainage ohio

A federal grant program aims to bring economic opportunity to long-abandoned mine lands. But as some sites are seeing progress, others are finding more obstacles.

New River Gorge Becomes Newest National Park

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, established in December 2020, is West Virginia’s first national park.

Regional Universities Win EPA Grants For Sustainability Projects

Three universities in Appalachia were among 32 higher education institutions that were awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for projects that include developing water pipes from recycled plastic and researching the air quality impact of exhaled carbon dioxide.

Ready for the Wild: Rescue Rehabilitates and Releases Young Bears

Bear cub

The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tenn., has saved more than 300 bears from eight different states over the last 25 years.

Counting Hawks

broad-winged hawk on power line

“Any day you see a hawk is a good day,” says longtime hawk watcher Bill Haley. During peak migration season, lucky hawk watchers in Appalachia may see thousands of hawks in a single day.

Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Latest Challenges: Water-crossing Permits and Compressor Station Hearing

mountain valley pipeline

The long-contested MVP faces new delays due to water-crossing permits. Bills that would give Virginia more authority to protect water quality from pipelines are advancing in the state legislature. As the commonwealth considers a compressor station for MVP Southgate, developers of the canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline begin the restoration process.

Future is Uncertain for Trump-era Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Tennessee Warbler

Under the prior administration’s reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, companies would not be fined for incidental bird killings that result from events such as oil spills. The Biden administration has blocked the change from going into effect while it seeks more public comment.

Asian Carp Barriers to be Erected on Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers

fish jump out of water

As Tennessee continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction.

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