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Trash Trouts are Collecting Litter and Data on Waterway Pollution

Full trash trout sits in stream

These floating devices use a catch-and-release system to trap trash in small tributaries before it reaches main rivers and help gather information on microplastics in waterways.

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Hundreds of Miles of Streams Designated as Critical Habitat for At-risk Crawfish

To protect the threatened Big Sandy crayfish and the endangered Guyandotte River crayfish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally designated 446 miles of Appalachian streams and rivers as critical habitat.

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34 community organizations endorse new bipartisan House & Senate bills to address acid mine drainage crisis

CONTACT: Trey Pollard, 202-904-9187, trey@pollardcommunications.com APPALACHIA — Today, advocates and organizations from coal-impacted communities announced their support for the Safeguarding Treatment for the Restoration of Ecosystems from Abandoned Mines (STREAM) Act – new bipartisan legislation that would guarantee that major

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Congress: Now is the moment to clean up acid mine drainage

Congress can clean up orange water by removing red tape. Join the efforts of community leaders across the country and tell Congress to let states use their infrastructure funding for acid mine drainage treatment!

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Restoring waters damaged by acid mine drainage: A conversation with Amanda Pitzer

Amanda Pitzer headshot and Cheat River

Amanda Pitzer with Friends of the Cheat discusses the specific impacts of acid mine drainage on the Cheat River, analyzes abandoned mine lands funding pending before Congress and charts a path for future success in collaboration with state and federal decision-makers.

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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.

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Confronting acid mine drainage: A conversation with Rural Action’s Marissa Lautzenheiser

In this conversation, Marissa Lautzenheiser of Rural Action lays out the basics of the acid mine drainage challenge, discusses the unique funding needs for AMD clean-up, and talks about some of the innovative work Rural Action is doing to tackle this problem.

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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.

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National Academies of Sciences to study impacts of potential industrial gold mining in Virginia

CONTACT: Chad Oba, Friends of Buckingham, chado108@icloud.com, 434-806-6332 Jessica Sims, Appalachian Voices, jessica@appvoices.org, 804-356-1228 Stephanie Rinaldi, Friends of Buckingham, rinaldis10@gmail.com, 402-290-6149 Buckingham, VA – Groups from around the state expressed optimism today that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and

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EPA says Corps must reject federal water crossing permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

CONTACT: Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org Amy Adams, 828-964-7431, amy@appvoices.org The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended to the Corps of Engineers that it not issue a stream-crossing permit currently under consideration for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. In a May 27

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