November 20, 2017

James River sturgeon being threatened by Dominion Power

Once again, Dominion Virginia power company is in the deadlines relating to environmental issues. This time it’s in regard to sturgeon, those prehistoric-looking fish whose population has been rebounding in the James River.

It seems that two dead sturgeon larvae and one adult were found in one of Dominion’s power station water intake system in 2015. No mention in the article I read about whether this is a continuing problem, but Dominion is seeking an “incidental take” permit from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. What that entails is that more than 800 sturgeon larvae and perhaps two adult fish PER YEAR could clog up their power plant’s water intakes over the next decade, and be lost forever.

Sturgeon, unite.