The Dan River

Environment
8:58 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Dan River Coal Ash Spill: Long-Term Impact Unknown

A year after the Duke Energy coal ash spill near Eden, a scientist with the Dan River Basin Association finds samples of the toxic waste hidden beneath layers of sediment on the river's bottom.
Keri Brown

It was a year ago when a stormwater pipe beneath an unlined ash pond broke at a retired Duke Energy plant, releasing more than 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina.

Jenny Edwards with the Dan River Basin Association remembers when she first saw the spill.

The water had turned black.

“To see the river run that color for so many days was overwhelming, disconcerting and frankly it changed me forever,” says Edwards.

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Environment
8:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Rockingham County Hopes To Shake The Coal Ash Spill Legacy

Mike Dougherty, director of economic development for city of Eden talks about the Dan River's history and its importance to the region during the State of Our Rivers event on Tuesday. He believes the waterway is safe a year after the spill, and says it is prime for more recreation, including kayaking and canoeing.
Credit Keri Brown

It’s been nearly a year since the Duke Energy Coal Ash spill was discovered in the Dan River near Eden. More than 39,000 tons of toxic sludge made its way into the river.

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Environment
6:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Environmentalists See Opportunity In Leadership Change At DENR

John Skvarla will replace Sharon Decker as state commerce secretary.
Credit North Carolina Department of Natural Resources

State environmental groups are hoping for stronger protections  now that the head of natural resources is moving on. John E Skvarla III is taking another position leading the state Commerce Department.

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Environment
8:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Public Input Wanted For Dan River Restoration

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, a Duke Energy coal ash pond located on the Dan River near Eden, N.C., began discharging into the Dan River. The spill is the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. History.
Credit Yadkin Riverkeeper

A group of environmental agencies wants public help to restore the Dan River after a massive coal ash spill in February.

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Environment
11:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conservancy Buys Land Along Dan River

The Piedmont Land Conservancy has bought 134 acres in Stokes County along the Dan River.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Piedmont Land Conservancy.

The Piedmont Land Conservancy has bought a large tract of land along the Dan River.

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Environment
10:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

'It Feels Like a Funeral' : Rockingham County Residents React to Coal Ash Spill

At Draper Landing in Eden, Harold Byrd (left) and Donald Perdue of Rockingham County say they have fished the Dan and hunted its banks for years, eating what they caught and killed. Those days are over, they say.
Credit Justin Catanoso

It’s been three weeks since Duke Energy announced that a major pipe leak was causing thousands of gallons of toxic coal ash to empty into the Dan River. The incident in Rockingham County is estimated to be the third-largest coal ash spill in the nation's history.

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