Year in Review: Area environment impacted in 2015

January 1, 2016

A number of positive developments occurred in 2015 for the region’s environment. The Edinburg Mill is receiving a new bioretention system, the governor signed clean energy legislation and the Department of Forestry received new program funding.

Virginia craft brews take spotlight at festival

September 22, 2015

Craft beer enthusiasts will be able to sample an even larger variety of porters, IPAs and everything in between at the Brew & Blues Festival in Front Royal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

County officials say spill is toxic

July 10, 2015

County officials are pressuring a property owner to get rid of seven 55-gallon drums containing what they believe to be toxic waste that was found leaking at the site of a crumbling, long defunct motel.

Mill to receive new bioretention system

June 21, 2015

The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will be working with state officials on a new project to mitigate storm water pollution at the Edinburg Mill.

Town water quality in good standing

June 14, 2015

The town of Woodstock has reported in its water quality assessment that its drinking water is in good standing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards.

EPA study scrutinized by groups

June 12, 2015

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment for a study on the effects hydraulic fracturing [fracking] could have on localities’ drinking water.

Local groups react to Clean Water rule

May 29, 2015

Wednesday’s ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a wide range of reactions from environmental groups to farming agencies and politicians.

Front Royal drinking water quality improved

May 27, 2015

Front Royal issued its annual Water Quality Assessment Report last week, and on the surface, it appears that the town’s water quality was improved from 2013.

Service provides green options

February 6, 2015

Ed Kelly and Stephen Van Stee seek to do the opposite of an old business adage. They want to reduce demand before creating the supply.