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River Report: 5-26-23
It’s another Shenandoah River Report with Mark Frondorf! As we head into Memorial weekend, Mark weighs in on a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that affects our waterways. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Let Don Roberts and his crew plan some Summer South Fork fun for you! Visit https://frontroyaloutdoors.com and find out more! Have a great weekend on the river!
(the views expressed by Mark Frondorf are not necessarily those of WZRV or Royal Broadcasting)
Winchester releases annual water quality report
The City of Winchester’s Public Utilities Department released their 2022 Annual Water Supply and Quality Report.
The report was prepared in accordance with the Virginia Health Department and EPA’s rules and regulations for drinking water.
Winchester’s drinking water was found to fully comply with all monitoring and reporting requirements without any violations reported for the 2022 calendar year.
The report includes a variety of information including the sources and treatment of local drinking water, quality of water, and a full list of potential contaminates with their suggested and actual levels.
To view the full report, click here.
Clarke County resident takes on recycling shortfall
Clarke County resident Christi McMullen saw a problem and decided to fix it.
The area did not offer glass recycling so she took it upon herself to collect glass at the Convenience Center.
She then bought a special machine that is used to grind glass back to its original state, sand.
Since starting her collection, she has recycled over 27,500 pounds of glass that was kept from the landfills.
The EPA has a tool that estimates harmful CO2 emissions and her collections have saved the environment from 3.61 metric tons of CO2 which is the equivalent of 370 gallons of gasoline.
She is selling 35 lb bags of sand made from recycled glass to support the project and accepting volunteers for the labor intensive process.
To learn more about her efforts, head to her Facebook page Glass Recycling Clarke.
Virginia receives funding to replace lead pipes
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $46.3 million in federal funds are coming to the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.
The funds will be used to replace lead service pipes throughout the state to help protect public health.
Both senators pointed towards the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi as a driving force to improve Virginia’s water infrastructure.
The funding is through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was negotiated by Senator Warren with support from Senator Kaine.
River Report: 7-5-21
In this edition of our twice-weekly Shenandoah River Reports, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf outlines his interaction with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the EPA in dealing with the problem of algae. This very informative Shenandoah River Report is brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Don Roberts and his staff have many ways to get you out on the South Fork for some Summer fun. Find out more at https://frontroyaloutdoors.com
EPA increases fuel supplies
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a fuel transportation waiver to increase the supply of fuel in Virginia.
Gov. Northam’s state of emergency declaration allows the waivers to ensure that adequate fuel is supplied during the cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) assures the state that there is an ample supply of fuel.
Panic buying would be the cause of any shortage.
Conserving fuel is a better alternative to panic buying.
One of the lines that runs from North Carolina to Maryland has already been restarted to add to the current supply.
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