A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for New Environmental Monitoring Tools

freshwater mussel

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new system to remotely monitor the behavior of freshwater mussels with the potential to warn scientists of aquatic pollutants.

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.

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.

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.

Calls to Expel WV Attorney General Over 2020 Election Lawsuit

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

A coalition of West Virginia lawmakers and civil-rights groups are calling on state legislators to also oust and disbar Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for participating in what they’re calling “un-American” efforts to disenfranchise voters in the presidential election.

New Preserve on Pine Mountain Connects Protected Areas

Warbler Ridge Preserve

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust established the Warbler Ridge Preserve in December, forming a nearly 2,500-acre protected area on Pine Mountain.

WV Cleanup of Illegally Dumped Mud Continues

stream filled with mud

In September, a Dominion Energy contractor illegally dumped mud across state lines in a West Virginia stream. Authorities continue to investigate and clean up the site.

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