Population decline and water runoff in southwest Virginia: Bonnie Blue

Howard Elliot III, grandson of Howard and Elsie Elliot from St. Charles, Va., elaborates on how steady population decline in southwest Virginia has created barriers to his work relocating rail lines. He names Bonnie Blue as a good example of why justification for the expense of construction projects like these is increasingly difficult to secure. Polly McClanahan-McArthur also introduces her observations of the region’s environmental degradation, concluding their collective reflections on changes to the area over time. Follow this link for access to the full-length interview.

Recorded April 2017.