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Roy A Hoagland

Legal costs derail Jackson River suit over VA fishing rights

Many talk about the heavy costs that litigation can impose on the parties in a lawsuit. One with personal knowledge is Dargan Coggeshall, an angler fighting to keep Virginia's rivers open to fishing and other recreational uses. (See "Anglers learn that fishing in some VA rivers is at their own risk," September 2011.)

In a trespassing dispute over fishing rights in a portion of...

The Chesapeake Bay Restoration: A Partnership No More

The Chesapeake Bay restoration partnership, once celebrated as an example for the world, is now a partnership in name only, writes Roy Hoagland. Hoagland has worked on Chesapeake Bay issues more than 25 years, including several as a member and Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council's Citizens Advisory Committee. He writes from Virginia.

Debate rages over push to lift ban on uranium mining in VA

The largest county in Virginia, Pittsylvania, lies in Southside Virginia, about halfway across the state from east to west, bordering North Carolina, in the heart of the Roanoke River basin. With a history dating to 1767, this rural county hosts the city of Danville in the south, the birthplace of Nancy and Irene Langhorne - the former being Lady Astor, the...

Support for offshore wind power picks up speed in Bay states

Travelers across the 20-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel that connects Virginia's rural Eastern Shore with the urban center of Norfolk and Virginia Beach have an expansive view of the Chesapeake Bay - a view often heralded for its breadth and beauty.


In addition to farmland, mergansers, oystercatchers and passing ships, the view in the future may include some new features:...

Anglers learn that fishing in some VA rivers is at their own risk

Want to own your own personal slice of a river that hosts a famed trout fishery? Now is your chance to buy. The River's Edge - a new development along the Jackson River, a mountainous Virginia tributary of the James River and a destination for avid anglers from far beyond the commonwealth - advertises that you can "own a piece of the Jackson."

And if you don't "own a piece" of...

Clean water should take precedence in Bay restoration efforts

The Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is at an unprecedented point in its history. With a new federal-state pollution reduction initiative - the Baywide Total Maximum Daily Load, or the "pollution budget," its associated Watershed Implementation Plans and the two-year milestone commitments - we have set the stage for restoration outcomes that will bring the Bay and its rivers, as...

Will it be deja vu all over again for Chesapeake cleanup effort?

Ahh Yogi, say it isn't so.

The history of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts is littered with promises broken and commitments unfulfilled.

This pattern is about to change - or maybe not. Right now, the region is making decisions that will either usher in a new day in the effort to "Save the Bay" or simply continue with the status quo of the last 25 years.

In signing the...

Reducing pollution in watershed saves money, creates jobs

Some claim that the cost of reducing pollution is too high. History tells a different story.

In 1972, for example, the average refrigerator consumed 1,759 kilowatt hours per year. Thirty years later, after a series of laws and regulations designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce pollution, as well as consistent innovation from industry, the average refrigerator consumed...

We can’t accept any more broken promises, deadlines

Concluding that we had little alternative, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently delivered an official warning to the EPA of our intent to sue the nation's federal clean water agency for its failure to clean up the Bay. The warning, a "60-day notice," demands that the EPA respond to a series of claims about this failure or face a federal lawsuit.

The arguments we have made in the...

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About Roy A Hoagland

Roy A Hoagland's avatar Jenny McGarvey is the Chesapeake Forests Program manager for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.


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