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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking state approval to dump millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater daily from two power plants into the James River and tributaries of the Potomac River.

The proposed releases are opposed by environmental and river protection groups, as well as some legislators.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $3 million in Chesapeake Bay conservation grants will support brook trout habitat restoration in Rockingham County and efforts to reduce sediment in the James River.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service is funding several projects in Virginia to provide more public access to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The projects are among eight from upstate New York to Virginia's Eastern Shore to receive funding. Each project involves matching funds or sweat equity by the recipients.

The Virginia funding includes $125,000 for the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department. It involves the building of elevated and floating boardwalks for access to the Relic River Marsh Area on the James River.

Bay Grasses Take a Hit

Apr 18, 2013

BALTIMORE (AP) - An annual aerial survey of Chesapeake Bay grasses has found they continued to decline last year, and researchers are again blaming a pair of 2011 storms.

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee dumped mud and debris into the bay, and surveyors said Thursday that is the mostly likely cause for the 24 percent drop. A more than 20 percent decline the previous year was blamed on the same storms and summer heat.