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Mountain News & World Report: Designing a New Way to Treat & See Water in a Mountain Town; Floating the Clinch River; Edith Wright on Fishing in Dickenson Co., Va.

Mountain News & World Report: Designing a New Way to Treat & See Water in a Mountain Town; Floating the Clinch River; Edith Wright on Fishing in Dickenson Co., Va.

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In this edition of Mountain News & World Report, we hear a variety of stories related to water in the mountains.

We hear about boating on the Clinch River in southwest Virginia, the latest in an ongoing series of radio stories produced in conjunction with a new oral history project being compiled by the Clinch River Valley Initiative.

We also hear a story from the WMMT archives, where the late storyteller Edith Wright talks about fishing and floating down the creek in a washtub in Dickenson County, Va.  This story was produced by longtime WMMT staffer Buck Maggard, and first aired on Mountain News in 1992.

But we begin the show with a conversation between former WMMT producer Sylvia Ryerson and her sister Hazel.  There are many issues affecting the health of central Appalachia’s waterways, including acid mine drainage, other heavy metal pollution, serious sewage issues, and more.  As a graduate student in Architecture, Hazel decided to create a model for addressing this water pollution for her Master’s thesis.  The design is a demonstration project that could theoretically happen in downtown Whitesburg, Ky. (see photos above!), and it shows how cleaning our water could also create public spaces to re-connect us to our waterways.

Mountain News & World Report is a bi-weekly production of WMMT, and new episodes air every other Thursday at 6pm on WMMT, with a repeat broadcast the following Sunday morning at 10:30.  To listen to previous episodes, check out our streaming archives.

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