EVST 305/405, Spring 2012

MeadWestvaco (MWV) is an international paper company with a large paper mill and specialty-chemicals plant on the Jackson River in Covington, Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), the ecological health of the Jackson River is negatively impacted by excess nutrients, particularly phosphorus, released by the plant. Randolph-Macon College students reviewed the technical literature related to the issue, and evaluated options for restoring ecosystem health. We analyzed the costs of alternative solutions for reducing nutrient output from the plant, and also the fisheries and recreation impacts of various solutions.