Posts Tagged Environment

Virginians Support Federal Role in Clean Air and Water, Says Poll

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According to a recent survey, Virginians overwhelmingly consider the environment a priority. (Credit: Jeff Self / Flickr)

While the president and Republicans in Washington are calling for fewer environmental regulations, a new poll of Virginians shows support for federal protections of clean air and water.  Sandy Hausman has more.

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DuPont Pays Historic $50 Million To Clean River in Waynesboro

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More than 50 years ago, a DuPont factory outside Waynesboro dumped mercury into the river. Now, in an historic settlement, the company is paying the state $50 million to clean up. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Rising Sea Levels Are a Stark Reality for the Hampton Roads Region

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To those living on Virginia’s coastlines, discussions of climate change are no longer theoretical. Rising sea levels has real impact, right now. A report released this week by researchers at William and Mary predicts climate change could cost the Hampton Roads area more than $100 million in damages EACH year, if nothing is done. Mallory Noe-Payne has the details.

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Environmental Picketers Stake Out Governor McAuliffe’s Offices

picketing-1Environmental activists began a three-day protest outside Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s offices in Richmond yesterday. Mallory Noe-Payne has the details.

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Oyster Farmers Clash With Homeowners and Boaters

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Oyster ground lease notifications at the post office in Burgess, VA (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

This week, Virginia Beach homeowners and recreational boaters unhappy with large metal oyster farming cages on their beaches and waterways asked state officials for help. Pamela D’Angelo has the story.

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State Regulators Try to Solve Oyster Farming Conflict in Virginia Beach

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While oyster farming is a multi-million dollar industry in Virginia, there’s only so much space to grow them. In some places, it is the same space used by waterfront homeowners and recreational boaters, and that has led to conflicts that could mean removing some oyster farms. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Nuisance Flooding Closes, Delays Workday at Schools, Naval Base in Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach

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Around the Chesapeake Bay, a stalled weather system and remnants of Tropical Storm Julia dumped between eight and 13 inches of rain over the past few days. Flooding closed and delayed schools in the eastern part of the state. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Scientists Still on the Case of the Missing Chespeake Bay Blue Crabs

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Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Menhaden Fishing Limits are Swimming in Controversy

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A fish crucial to Chesapeake Bay crabbers and Virginia’s omega-3 oil industry is proving to be one of the most controversial, as Atlantic fisheries managers struggled this week at their summer meeting to determine how much should be caught. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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How Climate is Changing Chesapeake Bay Shorelines for Archeologists, Paleontologists

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Shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing as sea level rises and higher tides eat away at beaches and cliffs. That means hand-wringing among some waterfront property owners. But for archeologists and paleontologists, the story is more complicated. Pamela D’Angelo explains.

 

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Tangier Island Becomes 8th Region on the Virginia Oyster Trail

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Last week Virginia added a few more miles and an eighth oyster flavor to its 250 mile Oyster Trail. The latest region includes oysters grown out in the waters that surround Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia Team Finds Possible Connection between Plant Fossils and Ancient Dragon Lore

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According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world. Tim Thornton has more in this report.

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Loopers: Traversing the ‘Appalachian Trail on Water’

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The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari or sea-­fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. Pamela D’Angelo met up with a pair of so­-called Loopers from Maine as they followed the route of Captain John Smith up the Rappahannock River.

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