The Clean Water Act is 45 years old this month, born in the U.S. Congress on October 18, 1972. Sometime before that day, the river of my childhood — the Roanoke River in southwestern Virginia — had been declared a fire hazard because of pollution.
I learned to waterski on that river, or rather on one of the manmade lakes along its winding path. It was 1965, and I remember one...
Recently, I attended the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Roanoke, VA. One of the breakout sessions was a presentation by the Shandong Tranlin Paper Company, a Chinese corporation that plans to build a paper plant in Virginia.
I listened to the Chinese representative explain how environmentally friendly their $2 billion...
The Shenandoah Valley’s Middle River, which begins its winding journey to the Chesapeake Bay in the farm country west of Staunton, Va., is one of the most polluted rivers in the state. That’s the bad news. The good news: We have seen firsthand how the river, with a little help from farmers, can heal itself.
The five-year court battle is over. The Supreme Court of the United States, by declining to hear the case, has affirmed two lower courts’ decisions that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not overstep its bounds by setting total maximum daily loads (TMDL), or a “pollution diet,” for jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Tofu. That’s what most people think soybeans are grown for. But most soybeans in the United States are grown for oil and livestock feed.
It's big business. The United States is the world’s largest producer and exporter of soybeans with almost 75 million acres planted annually. Beans are second only to corn, planted on roughly 84 million acres.
Streams with tree-lined banks are two to eight times more capable of processing nutrients and organic matter than streams without a healthy fringe of trees. That’s what scientists at the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania tell us. It doesn’t matter if that organic matter comes from a sewage treatment plant or the back end of a cow.