On July 21, 2011, the U.S. EPA issued the final version of its regulatory guidance to Appalachian regional offices on the agency’s role and expectation in regulation of surface coal mining (including mountaintop mining and associated valley fills) under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The July 21 document replaces an “interim final guidance” issued on April 1, 2010. A key feature of the guidance is the EPA’s call for states to implement a water-quality standard reflecting “best available science” about the relationship between measures of conductivity (as an indicator of the amount of total dissolved solids or salinity) and stream aquatic life. The EPA’s Web site on regulation of surface coal mining is at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/mining.cfm; this site includes links to the July 21 guidance, a news release on the guidance, and many background documents.
- On Virginia Water Radio for Independence Day 2015: Virginia’s Peninsula and Historic Triangle, featuring “The Great Road” by Timothy Seaman
- Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for July 3–July 20, 2015
- Lawsuit Filed by Chesapeake Bay Foundation over Cattle Fencing in Virginia — Arguments to be Heard July 2, 2015, in Circuit Court in Richmond
- Virginia Solid Waste Report for 2014 Issued on June 29, 2015, by Va. DEQ
- “State of the the Trout” Report Released by Trout Unlimited in June 2015