Dave Mayfield, The Virginian-Pilot

Dave Mayfield

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Past articles by Dave:

At NASA-Langley, some scientists are often on the verge of disaster

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires. Name a natural catastrophe almost anywhere in the world, and you can bet that somebody from the aeronautics and space agency is part of the response. → Read More

Governor names 3 new members to board of SPSA, the trash authority

The authority's chairman, John Keifer, is among five others reappointed to new terms. → Read More

State asked to require Dominion to take harder look at Chesapeake coal ash

An environmental law center says the utility shouldn't be allowed to exclude 2.1 million tons in unlined pits from a new state-required assessment of what to do about toxic ash. → Read More

Virginia water official says anti-pipeline banner was hung on her porch: “It was an attempt to intimidate me"

The Norfolk home of a State Water Control Board member was draped during the night with a message against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. → Read More

Virginia Wesleyan wins top conservation award from Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Virginia Beach university was recognized for various bay-related educational programs. → Read More

Would the Atlantic Coast Pipeline increase the threat of sea level rise in Hampton Roads?

Among other things, it depends on whose data you believe and whether you think there's a quicker way to transition to a cleaner energy future. → Read More

Yes, Virginia, there's a river that might stand up to sea level rise

It's the North Landing. And though you may not have heard of it, The Nature Conservancy has. It ranked the river among the top 10 "coastal strongholds" in a region → Read More

A natural gas pipeline could run under Norfolk’s drinking water reservoirs. City Council will decide.

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross under the Lake Prince and Western Branch reservoirs in Suffolk. → Read More

4 things we learned from tracing the king tide across Hampton Roads

Sunday's king tide crowdsourcing event could be just a "dress rehearsal" for more citizen-science efforts to address sea level rise in Hampton Roads. → Read More

Mild weather, flooded streets: Ideal conditions to Catch the King

As the Pilot-led king tide crowdsourcing event approaches Sunday, the region gets another taste of what's becoming a new norm. → Read More

Trash authority votes to extend contract with Wheelabrator

The Southeastern Public Service Authority's deal is good through January 2019. → Read More

More Hampton Roads residents say flooding is on the rise, ODU survey finds

Annual survey also finds more residents believe they will be negatively affected by sea level rise. → Read More

Much-traveled, much-embattled Greenpeace ship to stop in Norfolk this week

The Arctic Sunrise has scraped with governments, companies or pirates in every ocean in defense of the group's environmental initiatives. → Read More

As king tide event nears, hundreds of volunteers are rising to the occasion

Citizen-scientists from across Hampton Roads join up for Catch the King. → Read More

As sea levels climb, storms that once might have been an afterthought can have an impact

In these peak months for flooding tides, disturbances way out in the Atlantic demand more and more attention. → Read More

Study finds warming climate could increase risk of eating Chesapeake Bay oysters

Researchers, in crunching climate change models, see an increased likelihood of illness-causing bacteria. → Read More

Grants for oyster reefs will help Norfolk's Lafayette claim status as a "restored" river

The Elizabeth River Project and Chesapeake Bay Foundation will use the money to add 5.5 more acres of reefs, bringing the waterway's total to 80 acres. → Read More

Meeting next week in Hampton Roads part of push to protect small fish and everything that eats them

A fisheries panel will hold hearings next week in Virginia on a plan to manage menhaden harvests so that other creatures, from ospreys to striped bass to humpback whales, can → Read More

Hampton Roads media organizations teaming up to understand tides. And we need your help.

The Virginian-Pilot and three media partners are launching a communitywide, citizen-science crowdsourcing project to measure this year's king tide. → Read More

An astronomical high tide will hit Hampton Roads on Nov. 5 — will you help us Catch the King tide?

The Pilot and 3 media partners are asking people across Hampton Roads to join a citizen-science crowdsourcing project: mapping out the highest predicted tide of the year, neighborhood by neighborhood, → Read More