A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

Monacan Nation Opposes Water Utility Development at Historic Site

The Monacan Indian Nation is speaking out against a proposed water infrastructure development at the confluence of the James and Rivanna rivers in Virginia, the same location as the federally recognized tribe’s historic capital of Rassawek. The James River Water

Tennessee Extends Mercury Advisory for Nolichucky Fish

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a warning in January against eating certain fish in parts of the Nolichucky River due to mercury contamination.

Senate Bill Would Expand Virginia Wilderness

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act in January, which would increase two wilderness areas in Bath County, Va., by 5,600 acres.

NC Litter-Free Coalition Pays Youth for Trash Cleanup

An anti-litter group in Murphy, N.C., partnered with dozens of local businesses and individuals to pledge money to young people who fill trash bags with litter in Cherokee County.

Water Contamination in Paden City, W.Va.

Residents of Paden City, W.Va., have dealt with chemical water pollution since at least March 2019.

Forest Service Pulls West Virginia Logging Project

In December, the U.S. Forest Service cancelled a 2,400-acre logging plan in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest after environmental groups challenged the project.

State Environmental Agencies See Cuts to Funding, Staffing

A recent report shows that the federal government and 30 states reduced funding for environmental agencies from 2008 to 2018.

New Lightbulbs Will Conserve Energy on VA Highways

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace more than 9,600 highway lights with LED bulbs to increase visibility and energy efficiency.

Settlement to Protect Rare Sunfish

An Alabama land trust purchased 500 acres of land containing the habitat of the threatened spring pygmy sunfish. The move is part of an agreement between environmentalists and a car company building a construction plant nearby.

Two WV Counties to Get Connected with Broadband Grant

West Virginia’s Tyler and Wetzel counties received approximately $5.6 million in federal funds to support the development of rural broadband internet access.