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.
Area residents protest Dominion pipeline
August 18, 2015
FRONT ROYAL — A dozen valley residents gathered in Front Royal to protest Dominion’s planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Tuesday.
Emerald ash borer spreading faster in park
July 24, 2015
The spread of the emerald ash borer through Shenandoah National Park jumped significantly with new detections, park officials reported Thursday.
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.
National park in lengthy battle with invasive plants
May 26, 2015
FRONT ROYAL — Tackling invasive pest plants is “a long-term proposition,” according to Jake Hughes, lead biological science technician at Shenandoah National Park.
Researcher: Timing key in river water withdrawal
May 21, 2015
Timing is very important when it comes to withdrawing water from the Shenandoah River, according to Jennifer Krstolic, a geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Frederick County suspends open burning permits
May 19, 2015
The Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department has suspended open burning within the county until Sept. 30.
Governor signs clean energy legislation
April 22, 2015
The state of Virginia is taking steps to become a bigger player in the solar energy game.
Friends of the North Fork to clean up river
April 9, 2015
Woodstock-based Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is preparing one of its annual volunteer cleanups with a more widespread effort.
County residents, extension agents discuss water quality
April 3, 2015
Shenandoah County residents received water quality test results from the Virginia Cooperative Extension this week.
Riverkeepers announced for Potomac, Shenandoah
March 6, 2015
For the first time in a decade, Shenandoah will have a riverkeeper not named Jeff Kelble.
Riverkeeper kicks off environmental talks
February 8, 2015
By now, Jeff Kelble is used to passionate conversations about the Shenandoah River.
Advocacy group optimistic about hemp act
February 6, 2015
After spending over four decades classified as a dangerous substance, hemp appears to be on the brink of making a comeback in Virginia.
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.