September 24, 2016

James River is not a dumping ground

But Virginia's State Water Control Board does not mind wastewater from Dominion's Chesterfield Power Station's coal ash being discharged into the James about 15 miles south of Richmond. It recently approved a permit to do so in spite of the James River Association and other environmentalists who had major concerns about that process. 

Earlier this week the Virginia Health Department issued a warning for the lower James River because a toxic Alexandrium monilatum algae continues to thrive there. Larval oysters and fish are not happy coexisting with this nasty algae. So swimmers might want to beware as well.

More assaults on this historic river are expected.