Ohio River

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Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River.

Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley Resource

Just before dawn in January 2018, 27 barges were floating like a net along the banks of the Ohio River, downstream of the city of Pittsburgh.

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

  When 78-year-old Jim Casto looks at the towering floodwalls that line downtown Huntington, West Virginia, he sees a dark history of generations past.

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New testing confirms three Louisville Gas and Electric power plants are illegally contaminating groundwater flowing into the Ohio River and Herrington Lake.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Henderson could become home to Kentucky’s second national wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering the preservation of a 24,000-acre site.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

A massive slug of Jim Beam bourbon from last week’s warehouse fire entered the Ohio River on Monday after traveling more than 20 miles down the Kentucky River, according to the latest from Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is in a flood control operation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help reduce flooding on the Ohio River.

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  The multi-state commission overseeing water quality along the Ohio River has adopted voluntary pollution control standards nearly a year after member states considered a plan to abandon the standards entirely.

The plan will keep pollution control standards in place, but gives states more flexibility to implement their own water quality programs while ensuring standards are equally protective.

Janet Butler / USFWS

Last month, President Trump signed into law the Natural Resources Management Act, a public lands bill that reauthorized a little-known, but important program -- the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Millions of dollars from the LWCF have been spent across the Ohio Valley. Reauthorization of this program is rare bipartisan win, and some of the bill’s provisions will make long-awaited public lands projects in the region a reality. 

Ryan Van Velzer / WFPL

Ashes from the coal burned to fuel America’s appetite for energy are buried in unlined pits and landfills scattered across the country.

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