Monday 20 May 2019

Waterkeepers in the News (173)

Enjoy these recent news articles, videos and other media mentions about our member Waterkeepers.

Stream Clean Up Webinar RESCHEDULED for Oct 19 at 7pm   The free webinar on Stream Clean Up Best Practices has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 19, at 7pm.  You can participate in the webinar from anywhere you will have phone and computer access at the appointed time.  Please register by Monday, October 17, by contacting the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Carol Parenzan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-768-6300.  She will then send you the phone number and presentation materials.  At the time of the program, you will call in on the conference line and participate in the group discussion by phone while following along with the presentation on your computer. READ MORE... Published on Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers on October 4, 2016 by Angela Vitkoski  
Float for the Coast celebrates Delmarva’s fight against Big Oil Participants from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware gathered in Dewey Beach Sept. 24 for the second annual Float for the Coast, a rally organized by the Assateague Coastkeeper and Assateague Coastal Trust to protest seismic airgun blasting off the Mid-Atlantic coast. This year, the conservation group Oceana, several local chambers of commerce, and other coastal-based nonprofits and businesses supported the event, which included a kayak paddle, on-the-water rally, formal press conference and reception sponsored by Dewey Beer Company. Kathy Phillips, Assateague Coastkeeper and executive director of the Assateague Coastal Trust, kicked off the press conference. "Over the past year, stakeholders from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic have been working tirelessly to fight Big Oil's grab for the Atlantic. From chambers of commerce, to local fishermen, to ocean protectors and educators, across our states from border to border - despite political differences and in spite of the well-funded efforts of the oil and gas industry to defeat us - we secured a victory," she began. "In March of this year, the federal government listened to our concerns and recognized that our Atlantic is too valuable, too special, and too vulnerable to drill. In a bold move, they cancelled the entire Atlantic lease sale and protected our ocean and coastal communities from offshore drilling for years to come, and the reason they did that is your advocacy."   READ MORE...   Published in Cape Gazette on September 30, 2016 by Steven Billups    
At Virginia power plant, hot water as much a concern as contaminants   Virginians weren’t shocked by a third power plant’s request to drain coal ash lagoons into Chesapeake Bay rivers this month, but environmental groups still said the permit approved by the state last week could have gone further to protect water quality. State regulators approved a new water discharge permit for Dominion’s Chesterfield Power Station in Chester, VA, on Sept. 22, after making some last-minute changes in response to comments at a final public hearing. The permit will allow Dominion to drain water from one of two coal ash impoundments at the site into the James River in preparation to cap and permanently store the ash in place. The facility is also building a new lined landfill to hold the ash that will be generated in the future as it continues to burn coal for power. “We think the water is so hot you’re not going to have any benthic habitat for a lot of organisms,” said Jamie Brunkow, the Lower James Riverkeeper. “We asked [the state] to revisit the thermal variance that allows Dominion to discharge this excessively hot water, which normally would not comply with water quality standards.” READ MORE... Published in Bay Journal on October 2, 2016 by Whitney Pipkin