A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Potential Federal Action Would Address Common and Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

wide blue river flanked by autumn trees

Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon take steps to protect communities from an incredibly common but little-known family of man-made chemicals that have been accumulating in waterways and in people’s blood for decades.

Clean Up Your Local Creek With Tips From The Pros

canoes full of tires

Organizing a river or lake cleanup is a fun, effective way to improve local water quality and make a tangible difference. Three river cleanup pros share their tips!

New Clinch River State Park Showcases Biodiversity

park sign

Supporters of Southwest Virginia’s newest state park hope that it will foster a conservation mindset and bring awareness to the Clinch River’s rich biodiversity.

Kentucky Seeks Input on Bacteria in Streams

licking river

The Kentucky Division of Water is accepting public comments through Sept. 3 on their draft plan to address high levels of harmful bacteria in the Licking River and Salt River basins.

River Watchdogs Raise Awareness of Bacteria Levels at Popular Swim Spots

kayakers

Cool water, river swim spots and… bacteria? River advocates want to see more water testing and better water quality notification systems.

Ticks: Get to Know Them, and Then Avoid Them

deer tick

Climate change has led to an increase in the population and range of these tiny, disease-spreading bloodsuckers.

Virginia Outlaws Box Turtles as Pets

Eastern Box Turtle

The new regulation, which took effect in July, aims to reduce poaching and mitigate turtle population decline from habitat loss.

Purple Martins: The Neighbors We Didn’t Know We Wanted

purple martins

The migratory purple martin is almost entirely dependent on human-made housing while it lives in Eastern North America during the warmer months.

Removal of Historic Dam Aims to Restore Watauga River

dam removal

On May 16, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Ward Mill Dam in an effort to reconnect streams across the Watauga River watershed. The B.O. Ward House and Mill Complex was preserved and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Five Trails in Appalachia Designated National Recreation Trails

In June, the U.S. Department of the Interior celebrated National Trails Day by designating 10 trails as National Recreation Trails, including five in Appalachia.

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