Alternative to Coal

New study shows investing in efficiency instead of Wise County coal plant would save most Virginia families up to $91 a year

Appalachian Voices Tom Cormons (301) 910-8973 (cell)
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards Kathy Selvage (276) 565-1083
Sierra Club, Virginia Chapter Glen Besa

Blessing of the Fleet

Finally - in Islamorada, Florida, the blessing of the fleet went somewhat awry, when captains could not control their large charter sport fishing boats. Two rammed a bridge upon which the priest was standing, and one person was slightly injured. Not quite the way they had hoped to start the new year.

Water Court Finalizes Decree to Benefit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

MONTROSE, CO – Last week, the water court in the Gunnison River basin entered a decree formally adopting an agreement between the United States, conservationists, water users, the State of Colorado, and others that will recognize and protect water rights for river flows in Black Canyon of the

Poaching Stripers

Stripers Forever members - from time to time we pass along reports on illegal catches that make the news. This report, in particular, illustrates the problems that commercial fishing creates for any accesible species, such as striped bass. Check out this link.

Preliminary tests find High levels of toxic chemicals In Harriman TN fly ash

High levels of toxic heavy metals are present in samples taken from the Kingston Fossil Plant
ash spill in Harriman, TN, independent testing shows.
Preliminary testing was conducted on samples from the Emory River by scientists working in
coordination with Appalachian Voices and the Waterkeeper

Three New Marine Monuments Prohibit Recreational Boating and Fishing Access

President leaves anglers and boaters a legacy of restricted access to public resources

Alexandria, VA – January 5, 2009 –Using unilateral presidential powers provided under the Antiquities Act and bypassing long-standing environmental review and public comment processes, on Tuesday