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Whitney Pipkin

Freelance Journalist

Washington, DC area

Whitney Pipkin

A staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms and the environment. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications like Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin served as guest editor for Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind.

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Alexandria’s Sewage Problem Is Dividing Virginia Legislators

Appeared on The Kojo Nnamdi Show March 30 to discuss Alexandria's sewer overflow issues. The City of Alexandria has had this problem for over 15 years. When a storm came through and overwhelmed the sewage and storm water system, many homes received sewer backup in their basements - even the mayor was affected. He had just finished a renovation of his basement only to receive 3 feet of sewage destroying all the work. View more of my writing on the subject for the Bay Journal here: http://www.bayjournal.com/blog/post/governor_proposes_giving_alexandria_more_time_to_fix_sewage_overflows
The Kojo Nnamdi Show Link to Story
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Removing a Dam Can Be a Net Win for the Planet

Once trumpeted as river-taming, energy-producing feats of engineering, America’s dams have become the subject of introspection and, in a growing number of cases, demolition. The country spent millions to erect an estimated 80,000 of these concrete walls across rivers all over the country, but now a variety of interest groups are rallying to remove many of them, even if it happens at great cost.
Smithsonian Magazine Link to Story
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This Bird Didn’t Start the Fires, But It May Need Them to Survive

Two hundred years ago, the Kirtland’s warbler had its pick of the jack pine forest when it came to choosing nesting grounds. Regular wildfires sweeping through the sandy forests of Michigan, where the majority of these birds still nest, kept the trees not too tall and not too short—just the way the warbler liked them.
Smithsonian Magazine Link to Story

About

Whitney Pipkin

Whitney Pipkin is a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms and the environment. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications like Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin served as guest editor for Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind.
A wife and mother based in Northern Virginia, she occasionally blogs about food, family, fitness and faith (how's that for alliteration?) at ThinkAboutEat.com.