Beach man wins conservation award

By Jane Bloodworth Rowe
Virginian-Pilot correspondent
© December 8, 2010

VIRGINIA BEACH - For a retiree, Nils Bahringer works a lot of hours.

Bahringer, who was recently recognized as Conservationist of the Year by the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, estimates he spends 600 hours a year volunteering on conservation projects.

Among his other activities, he serves as treasurer and tram driver for the foundation, and he is involved in phragmites removal at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and in oyster restoration projects on the Lynnhaven River. Read more »

Study: Land conservation can, should be used to save Bay

By Scott Harper
The Virginian-Pilot © December 14, 2010

Ten years ago, mid-Atlantic states hoping to restore the Chesapeake Bay pledged to conserve 20 percent of all land within the Bay watershed by 2010. Today, state leaders can say they did, with room to spare.

They set aside 1.2 million acres over the past decade, with Virginia preserving the most, and more than 7.2 million acres since the Bay cleanup began in the 1980s, according to government statistics. Read more »

Virginia Aquarium urging public to help cold-stunned turtles

By Erin James
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 16, 2010


Dropping water temperatures are putting endangered sea turtles in more danger, and the Virginia Aquarium is urging the public to help.

The cold-blooded reptiles are in trouble all over the East Coast, according to an aquarium e-mail alert.

Boaters and beach walkers are encouraged to watch for turtles and call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team when one is located. That number is (757) 437-6159. Read more »

Tank spills 900 gallons of diesel fuel in Hampton


About 900 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from an underground storage tank at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel on Tuesday afternoon. At least 100 gallons spilled into the Hampton River.

The cause of the spill is under investigation, a Coast Guard news release said. Read more »

Surry Supervisors OK Coal Fired Power Plant

By Linda McNatt
The Virginian-Pilot © February 5, 2010


The debate over a coal-fired energy plant in the center of Surry County continued Thursday with a standing-room-only crowd at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Dendron Town Council on Monday approved rezonings and a conditional use permit for the Cypress Creek Power Station, paving the way for the state's largest coal-fired energy plant to be located in the tiny town. Read more »