Engineering a new kind of pest control
April 28, 2016
As the winter cold gives way to spring, the pesky brown marmorated stink bug population will start crawling from refuge in attics and buildings to lay eggs and wreak havoc on crops later in the season.
Growers vs. stink bugs: learning effective chemical use
April 28, 2016
In the years since brown marmorated stink bugs began creeping into the Northern Shenandoah Valley, farmers and growers have been doing what they can to reduce damage to their produce.
Making an Impact
April 22, 2016
WOODSTOCK – Central High School students began building a composting site behind the school to reduce the school’s food waste on Friday.
Fire keeps raging; smoke drifts up valley
April 22, 2016
The fire raging in Shenandoah National Park for the past week has brought the smell of burning wood as far as Washington D.C., according to Sally Hurlbert, public information officer for the park.
Group IDs stream cleaning focus areas
April 8, 2016
Area conservationists and officials discussed efforts to reduce water contamination on Thursday at a residential working group meeting at Lord Fairfax Community College.
Envirothon looks at invasive species
April 6, 2016
Groups of area high school students endured chilly winds on Wednesday at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s Envirothon competition.
North Fork students learn about local watershed
March 23, 2016
QUICKSBURG – North Fork Middle School sixth graders were called to action to protect the North Fork Shenandoah River Basin by Cindy Frenzel of Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.
Environmental group will seek local action
March 11, 2016
A new chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held its first meeting in Front Royal on Tuesday.
Clean stream plan reveals need for fence funds, education
March 9, 2016
FRONT ROYAL – Warren County farmers discussed efforts to reduce bacteria in area streams and watersheds at a meeting this week.
Study: Water quality reports not so easy to read
March 8, 2016
Researchers from Virginia Tech have called for more readability in drinking water quality reports. Reports from the area seem to fit in with the results of their studies.
Wildlife center hires veterinarian
February 23, 2016
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce has hired Dr. Jennifer Riley as its new director of veterinary services. She will be tasked with specialized care for wildlife the center takes in.
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.