Threats & Challenges
There are many threats to our local environment right now. DRBA works with local, regional, state and national partners to help protect the Dan River Basin for future generations. The Stewardship Fund provides funding to obtain special expertise when needed to stop the threat.
Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill & Coal Ash Waste in the Dan River Basin
Find media, resources and links related to the Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill and coal ash waste in the Dan River Basin here.
DRBA's board of directors have passed a resolution showing support for maintaining the ban on uranium mining in Virginia. We have sponsored several events to help educate the public about the issues related to uranium mining including a Q&A with Sara Fields, a woman who lived near a Uranium Mine in Colorado and presentation from Dr. Robert Moran, PhD, about his experience with uranium mining and how it can affect our watershed. DRBA is a contributing member of the Keep the Ban Coalition.
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
DRBA's board of directors have passed a resolution showing support for maintaining the moratorium on "fracking" in North Carolina. We have sponsored several educational events to help our region understand what fracking is and how it can affect our water. In February, DRBA sponsored a showing of "Gasland" and invited Hope Taylor of NC for Clean Water to our community to help our region understand what fracking is and how it can affect our water. DRBA will be sponsoring a follow-up event in July. Learn more about the issue here.
Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP)
DRBA is the first to develop a Model Forest Policy Program Implementation Plan in North Carolina. Focused on protecting the natural resources of Rockingham County, NC, the plan provides a roadmap to keep the air, land and water sustained for future generations. Learn more.
Proposed Landfill in Eden, NC
DRBA's board of directors have passed a resolution against a regional landfill proposed to be constructed beside the Dan River just upstream from the community's drinking water intake. DRBA has hired legal assistance to stop the proposed landfill development. Help us help this community protect their drinking water, consider a gift to The Stewardship Fund and signing the petition.
Littering is illegal, but it still happens and is a major issue throughout the Dan River basin. Litter is more than an eyesore along our highways; it pollutes waterways, kills animals and as it breaks down, leaches many chemicals into our soil and groundwater. DRBA's staff addresses the problems by holding several cleanups throughout the year and works with other organizations to get the message out to the community so they can help keep our natural resources beautiful and clean.