Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
California based non-profit Dig Deep says there are 2.2 million people in the US who live without running water or a flush toilet in a report called “Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States.”Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A nonprofit organization is connecting homes in Wyoming County with tap water service for free.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
After years of inconsistent access to tap water, some communities in McDowell County are now connected to a reliable water system. One of those communities is Keystone, where 57 percent of the population is Black.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
When coal operators, people and jobs left the area, remnants like some beautiful buildings, coal tipples and water systems were left behind. The crumbling infrastructure that followed was not reliable, which meant living without consistent, clean tap water for many coalfield communities.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee heard from state and regional administrators who work on water and wastewater projects, every day.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Up to half of workers in the water and wastewater industry are expected to retire in 10 years. This wave of retirements is expected to create a shortage, which could magnify the already difficult situation in many central Appalachian communities. One program could help bridge the gap.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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