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Lynchburg takes new tack on decades-old overflow problems

Like hundreds of cities in the country, Lynchburg’s earliest sewer infrastructure was built to get the water — and whatever else might be flushed or flowing into it — out of the Virginia city and into the nearest stream or river as quickly as possible.

In 1955, the city added a wastewater treatment plant that greatly reduced the amount of raw sewage flowing into the nearby James River. But, like many wastewater treatment systems of that era, it captured both sewage and stormwater and therefore could easily be overwhelmed by heavy rains. To prevent sewage backups, the system was designed to divert the wet-weather overflows directly to the river. This has come to be known as a combined sewer overflow system.

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Chesapeake watershed’s early bloomers first to usher in spring

April showers may bring May flowers, but begin looking for early blooming flowers now. Plants are often the first notable indicator that the seasons are changing. Tightly packed buds are already beginning to slowly unfurl...
Kathy Reshetiloff | Bay Naturalist 03/17/17

End the food fight so we can attend to business of cleanup together

Recently, Perdue Farms had the opportunity to participate in two panels focused on agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay environment: the tongue-in-cheek-titled Food Fight sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and...
Steve Levitsky | Forum 03/28/17

Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

Parts of the Chesapeake region experienced expectedly warm weather recently, with some days in February feeling more like April. For paddlers, those first bursts of warm weather awaken the call of the kayak. If you count...
Lara Lutz | Bay Journeys Article 03/22/17
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A Documentary Inspired by William W. Warner’s 1976 Exploration of Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Week on MPT

The Bay Journal is a partner in the second Chesapeake Bay Summit, a discussion about key issues in the Bay restoration hosted by Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week. This year, the Summit aired on April 27 and focused on the challenges of growth and development. Watch it here, and read the following articles related to the 2015 Summit:

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