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2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Out here in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the wind can pound any landlubber into submission. And that fact, scientists say, is what makes Tangier Island such an attractive place for a wind- energy project.

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Dan Dise steered his skiff past empty crab shacks that line Tangier Harbor, the gateway to this historic fishing outpost in the Chesapeake Bay. "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs were taped to many of the dusty windows.

2008-10-09 09:00:26

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth The Coast Guard must pay a $9,280 fine and spend another $89,000 on new equipment to settle long-standing environmental violations, most involving lax handling of hazardous wastes, at a Portsmouth command center. The U.S.

2008-10-03 09:00:17

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot oyster There is little visible evidence that two neighboring landfills near this Eastern Shore harbor town are leaking toxic materials into a local creek.

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot norfolk A wetlands dispute between federal regulators and the developers of Edinburgh, a community in southern Chesapeake, has resurfaced and appears headed back to U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach A new environmental group officially launched itself here Thursday with a difficult mission and a very un-environmental name: the Crystal Club.

2008-09-17 09:00:31

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot Citing high levels of mercury, state health officials advised people not to eat too much fish from sections of the Nottoway and Meherrin rivers that run through the rural, western reaches of Hampton Roads.

2008-09-16 09:00:33

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot The Savannah has captivated imaginations since its launch in 1959 as the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship.

2008-09-16 09:00:28

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth Backed by four local mayors and dozens of state and federal officials, an environmental group rolled out plans Monday to make the Elizabeth River clean enough for swimming, fishing and harvesting shellfish by 2020.

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot gloucester point Scientists, watermen and environmentalists urged passage Wednesday of a bill from U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Virginia Republican, intended to more closely monitor the spending and priorities of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.