April 17, 2015

James River saved for awhile by the Virginia Supreme Court

Sharing this from the James River Association.

The James River Association, along with national, state and local partners, has been advocating for Dominion Virginia Power to study and pursue alternative solutions on where to place a transmission line, currently planned to span the James River near Jamestown. 

As proposed, this power line would negatively impact scenic views and visitors’ experience of the Historic Triangle, which attracts an estimated 6 million visitors annually. 

A key part of James River Association’s effort was joining James City County and Save the James Alliance to challenge the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) approval of the transmission line project as it stands now.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Virginia released its decision and has overturned part of the SCC ruling, thereby requiring local zoning approval of certain aspects of the project. 

The decision allows James City County to further review the project through its local zoning process. James City County now has the opportunity to ensure their concerns are addressed and will provide additional opportunities for the public to register their concerns as well.

This is an encouraging and positive step in the effort to avoid the impacts that the proposed transmission line will have on America’s Founding River and surrounding communities.

April 14, 2015

New tick virus to fear?

If recent reports are correct, we should be aware of a virulent new tick-borne disease that has shown up in southern Connecticut. Known as the first place for Lyme disease to appear, this lovely state may soon be known for Powassen, an untreatable and sometimes fatal disease.

The scariest part is that the ticks begin to transmit this nasty virus  within two hours after latching on. Lyme virus needed almost two days. 

The virus can often be symptomless before often infecting the nervous system and causing encephalitis and meningitis. Survivors can develop neurological symptoms such as muscle wasting and memory problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


April 10, 2015

The latest buzz on pesticides is promising

Did you know that 51 percent of the plants at many Lowe's, Home Depot and Walmart stores contain levels of neonicotinoid pesticides that threaten honeybees?

So it is quite good news that Lowe's stores will phase out the use of this pesticide by 2019. Home Depot supposedly has asked its suppliers to label plants that have been treated with this nasty stuff. So look for the labeling.