The Last Dragons – Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders
An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender
Downstream Strategies, an environmental consulting organization based in Morgantown, WV, recently published a report, “Threats to Water Quality from Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline Water Crossings in Virginia.” This report assesses threats and likely impacts to waterbodies in Virginia during the construction and operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), two large natural gas pipelines that, as proposed, would cross rivers and streams over 1,000 times in Virginia. Specifically, this report focuses on erosion and sedimentation threats, as well as threats to drinking water supplies for cities like Norfolk and Roanoke, trout streams, minority communities like Emporia and Franklin, the Chesapeake Bay, and wetlands like the Great Dismal Swamp. Downstream Strategies offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a core belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with natural resource stewardship.