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Virginia pipeline construction to continue with ‘aggressive’ monitoring

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Will existing environmental rules be enough to protect Virginia streams from the potentially damaging side effects of two pipeline projects? Citizens and environmental groups cry no, but the State Water Control Board says its hands are tied.

The seven-member board decided at a contentious Aug. 21 meeting to continue allowing two natural gas pipelines — the Mountain Valley Pipeline...

Groups fighting for coal ash regulation balk at new rules

​Power companies could soon have more flexibility in how they handle the ash that remains from a legacy of burning coal for power, but not if environmental groups have any say in the matter. Several facilities located near Chesapeake Bay rivers are in the process of closing pits where coal ash and water have comingled for decades amid changing regulations at the federal and state...

Mount Vernon, Dominion agree to seek new site for proposed gas facility on the Potomac

The guardians of George Washington’s Mount Vernon say they have reached an agreement with the energy company that planned to build an industrial facility across the Potomac River from the historic estate.

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and Dominion Energy released joint statements the first week of July saying that they would work together to evaluate “alternatives” to the...

Putting roads on a reduced-salt diet also healthy for nearby streams

A creek in Northern Virginia is going on a pollution diet, and residents might feel the belt-tightening this time. That’s because it could lead to limits on a compound that’s as beloved on U.S. roads as it is in our meals: salt.

After spending decades studying Accotink Creek — which drains a 52-square-mile swath of midsize homes and commuter-crowded roads in Fairfax County, VA —...

Historic VA estate opposes Dominion’s planned gas facility along Potomac River

The guardians of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, who have preserved the historic Virginia estate on the Potomac River since before the Civil War, are rallying against a present-day foe they say could mar a view that’s been untarnished for centuries.

Across the river in a portion of Charles County, MD, that looks much as it did when Washington took in the vista, Dominion Energy...

Public asked to be on the lookout for ‘missing’ mitten crab

You won’t see the Chinese mitten crab’s mugshot on a milk carton, but researchers want you to keep an eye out for it anyway.

The mitten crab gets its name from claws that appear to be clothed in algae. Like dozens of other species that have made their way into the Chesapeake Bay via ballast water or other methods of human introduction, the mitten crab is considered an invasive...

Anacostia River gets its first passing grade

​Decades of work to improve the health of the Anacostia River are beginning to pay off, according to a report released Wednesday by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

The river earned a “D-minus” on its annual report card, its first passing grade in the decade since the nonprofit began issuing report cards for the waterway that runs through Maryland and the District of Columbia into...

New VA governor calls review of DEQ the first step in rebuilding it

It’s been 25 years since four Virginia agencies coalesced to form the department charged with protecting the environment and public health. Now, one of the new governor’s first orders of business suggests it might be time for a makeover.

In April, Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order calling for an overhaul of the state’s beleaguered Department of Environmental Quality,...

Group looks for ways to take trash out of Northern Virginia creek

Betsy Martin can’t help but point out the spring beauties — tiny clusters of purple-pink native flowers breaking up the greenery around her feet — during a walk toward Little Hunting Creek in Fairfax County, VA. She only wishes she were combing the stream’s shores for treasures like these more often. Instead, what brings her and dozens of volunteers here year after year is trash —...

Debate ensues over role of tree clearing in Fones Cliffs landslide

A landslide on a historically significant stretch of Fones Cliffs in Virginia has sparked debate over whether a developer’s land clearing caused a strip of remaining trees to topple into the water more than 100 feet below.

A swath of the cliffs that form the northeast bank of the Rappahannock River near Warsaw sloughed off into the river early last week after several days of rain....

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About Whitney Pipkin

Whitney Pipkin's avatar Whitney Pipkin writes at the intersection of food, agriculture and the environment from her home base in Northern Virginia. Her work for the Bay Journal often focuses on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and she is a fellow of the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

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