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West Virginia’s Elk River Chemical Spill and How We Measure Progress

It’s a cruel irony for the 300,000 West Virginians forced to turn off their taps for five to ten days earlier this month after a chemical spill contaminated their drinking water supply that their inconvenience and, for some, illness and suffering, will count as a plus according to our leading economic indicator – the gross…

West Virginia Fights Acid Rain by Dumping Limestone Into Streams

Acid rain may not be top of mind these days for many Americans, but that doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. Referring to any form of precipitation with high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids, some acid rain can develop naturally from decay of living things. But the primary cause is emissions from burning…

Ultra-Rare Diamond Darter: Freshwater Species of the Week

  Updated 7/30/12 at 6 pm. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protection of a small fish called the diamond darter (Crystallaria cincotta) under the Endangered Species Act. Also proposed was protection of 122 miles of river as critical habitat for the fish in West Virginia and Kentucky. According to the advocacy group Center…