Category Archives: Aquatic Life

On Virginia Water Radio for 4-2-18: An Overview of Water-quality Monitoring from Three Perspectives

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of April 2, 2018, is “Water-quality Monitoring from a Trio of Perspectives.”  The 4 min./26 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/04/episode-414-4-2-18-water-quality.html, is an introduction to biological, chemical, and physical monitoring.  The episode was written and is hosted by Saalehah Habeebah, the spring 2018 intern at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

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And here’s a quiz: what kind of water-quality monitoring uses aquatic insects, such as these caddisflies in the New River near Eggleston, Va., on August 31, 2014?

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for 3-26-18: American Toad

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 26, 2018, is “American Toad.”  The 3 min./17 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/03/episode-413-3-26-18-american-toad.html,  focuses on a familiar amphibian, including a human-like version in a classic 1908 children’s book.

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American Toad photographed in May 2015. Image accessed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/search/collection/natdiglib/searchterm/American%20Toad/order/nosort.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Shenandoah River Algae Monitoring is Focus of March 29, 2018, Webinar by Va. Dept. Environmental Quality

On March 29, 2018, at 10 a.m., the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational Webinar on the Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan/algal field methods development.  Webinar registration online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8157969848076699649.

According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Notice for the 3/29/18 Webinar, “In response to citizen concerns raised about algae growth in the Shenandoah River, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prioritized 5 stream segments, totaling about 25 river miles, for follow-up monitoring in 2016 and 2017.  DEQ will hold a public informational webinar on March 29…to share the agency’s progress on the development of algal field monitoring and assessment methods in the Shenandoah River.”

More information on the development of the Shenandoah algae methods is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityAssessments/ShenandoahAlgae.aspx.

On Virginia Water Radio for 3-12-18: A Shorebird Often Found Far from the Beach

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of March 12, 2018, is “Killdeer are Shorebirds Away from the Shore.”  The 4 min./13 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/03/episode-411-3-12-18-killdeer-are_13.html, focuses on a type of plover typically found far inland, and one noted for its broken-wing feint when its nest is threatened.  The episode includes music composed for this episode by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

Water in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly: Menhaden Management Bills

This is one of a series of posts on particular water-related bills in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly.  For an inventory of about water-related bills in the 2018 General Assembly, please visit the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s “Virginia Water Legislation” page, online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-legislation/.  Each post includes a summary of the bill(s), their legislative status (in committee, passed, failed, etc.), and a list of hyperlinked headlines for news media items on the bill(s).  Information on the bills’ provisions and status is taken from the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS), online at http://leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm; the LIS summaries are edited in some cases for space or clarity.  Each bill number is hyperlinked to the LIS entry for that bill.

Two House of Delegates bills were introduced setting the quota allowed for catch of Atlantic Menhaden in Virginia waters.  Menhaden are the only fish species managed directly by the General Assembly, rather than directly by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.  Information about Virginia’s regulation of the Atlantic Menhaden fishery is available online at http://mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/fr1270.shtm.

HB 1610Menhaden; total landings.  This bill was reported out by of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR) 11-10 on February 28, 2018, but was re-referred to that committee on 3/6/18 and was left (died) there.  Sponsored by Del. Barry Knight (R-81st) and supported by Gov. Ralph Northam, the bill would have adjusted the annual total allowable landings for Atlantic Menhaden upward from 168,937.75 metric tons to 170,797.17 metric tons.  It would also have provided that any portion of the coast-wide total allowable catch that is relinquished by a state that is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) shall be redistributed to Virginia and other states according to the Commission’s allocation guidelines.  The bill would have provided that the current annual harvest cap of 87,216 metric tons for the purse seine fishery for Atlantic menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay be set at not less than 51,000 metric tons, a cap set by the AFSMC, and that Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner shall appeal appeal that ASMFC cap.  It would also have removed a provision that applied the amount by which certain actual Chesapeake Bay harvests fall below the harvest cap as a credit to the following year.

HB 822, also sponsored by Del. Knight, failed in the House ACNR Committee on February 13, 2018.  That bill would have adjusted the annual total allowable landings for menhaden downward from 168,937.75 metric tons to 168,213.16 metric tons.

News Media Item Related to This Legislation

Fish fight: Governor’s bill on menhaden catch limits advances, barely, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/28/18.

On Virginia Water Radio for 2-26-18: Ghost Streams

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 26, 2018, is “The Underground World of Buried ‘Ghost Streams.’”  The 4 min./26 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/02/episode-409-2-26-18-underground-world.html, features guest host Brynn O’Donnell, a Virginia Tech graduate student, discussing her research on streams buried under streets and sidewalks.

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A branch of Stroubles Creek under Draper Road in Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 10, 2018.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!

On Virginia Water Radio for 2-19-18: Frogs are an Early Sign of Spring in Virginia

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 19, 2018, is “A Frog and Toad Medley.”  The 3 min./27 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/02/episode-408-2-19-18-frog-and-toad-medley.html, features a medley of amphibian a cappellas to signal the start of another annual frog and toad calling season.

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A seasonal pond in Blacksburg, Va., where mating Wood Frogs were calling on February 18, 2018.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org.  Have a listen or two!