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Elizabeth River chemical cleanup continues to make progress

For almost 70 years, the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA, was the final destination for multiple streams of the oily, tarlike liquid known as creosote. A key ingredient used in wood preservation, the toxic chemical was as much a part of life in Norfolk as the industry that once relied on it to function: shipbuilding.

And nowhere was it found in greater concentrations than at the former Atlantic Wood Industries site, an old wood-processing center that began operating in 1926 and backed directly up to the river’s southern branch.

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Eating on the fly

Ever been in such a rush that you said, “After I eat, I have to fly?” These birds have you beat. They capture and eat their prey on the fly. Here are the descriptions of an Acadian flycatcher, chimney swift,...
Kathleen Gaskell | Chesapeake Challenge 06/28/19

Wall Street, government need to put more stock in Bay’s economic value

I was lucky enough to grow up in the 1980s catching frogs, hooking sunfish, and exploring the mossy banks of Walden Pond, which Henry Thoreau turned into a symbol of nature and the need to protect it. There, I found the...
Joel Dunn | Forum 06/26/19

Snorkel, paddle or fish at RiverPalooza summer events

Taking a bridge across the Potomac River on the way to work isn’t the same as plunging a paddle into the water, seeing its beauty and benefits up close. But only a fraction of the more than 6 million people living in...
Whitney Pipkin | Bay Journeys Article 07/15/19
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