March 17, 2014

There is never a boring month in the Dan River Basin, and March is no different! Please read on to learn more about upcoming coal ash events, public meetings, webinars, and other ways that you can join DRBA and its partners in preserving and promoting the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin.

DEQ Public Meeting in Danville, VA

On Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting at the City of Danville, VA regarding the coal ash spill and the response from Virginia agencies. Representatives from DEQ, the state Health Department, and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be present to provide updates and answer questions from the public.

Coal Ash and Wildlife Webinar

On April 1 at 6:00 p.m., the Isaak Walton League of America and Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy will be hosting a webinar exploring coal ash threats to wildlife. Webinar speakers will include U.S. Forest Service Research Fish Biologist Dennis Lemly and Appalachian State University Aquatic Biologist Shea Tuberty, who will share research on coal ash impacts to fisheries, aquatic habitat and other wildlife throughout the country. Participants will also hear from the League's Energy Program Director Bill Droessler about how you can stay informed and engaged in being a part of this effort to protect our resources.

Picnic for the Dan River

On Saturday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m., Appalachian Voices will be hosting a community picnic at Island Ford Landing in Eden, NC along with several partner organizations, such as DRBA, on the banks of the Smith River. This is your chance to hear first-hand from the conservation groups that have been working hard to clean up the Dan and keep your water safe!

Coal Ash Resources

Since the coal ash spill event in early February, DRBA’s continues to provide an updated list of resources, media articles, and other related links here. It is a helpful resource for those hoping to stay up to date on the Duke Energy coal ash spill. Furthermore, for those looking to take action on the issue, please be sure to download and sign our "Clean Up Coal Ash Petition" and mail it back to our Eden, NC office.  

Farmer’s Conversation About Coal

On Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. DRBA will be hosting a Farmer’s Conversation About Coal at the Rockingham County Cooperative Extension building in Reidsville, NC. This event is free and open to all farmers within the Dan River Basin to come out and discuss the impacts of the spill on local farming and learn about resources available.

We hope to see you soon at these great events!