Category Archives: Virginia Water Radio

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 7-26-21: On the Bluffs

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of July 26, 2021, is “On the Bluffs of Rivers and Other Waters.”  The 4 min./00 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/07/episode-587-7-26-21-on-bluffs-of-rivers.html, explores the prominent riverside and coastal features known as bluffs, cliffs, palisades, and other names. This revised episode from August 2013 is part of a series this summer of episodes related to watersheds and river basins. The episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va.

View of a bluff at York River State Park, March 29, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Timothy Seaman.

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 the Week of 7-12-21: Getting the Words on Water from Middle School Students

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of July 12, 2021, is “Middle Schoolers Make the Call on the Water Cycle, Watersheds, and Stormwater.”  The 4 min./46 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/07/episode-585-7-12-21-middle-schoolers.html, features Christiansburg, Va., middle schoolers giving the Commonwealth a vocabulary lesson during a Stormwater Education Day in Montgomery County on April 12, 2017. This revised episode from April 2017 is part of a series this summer of episodes related to watersheds and river basins. The revised version features new music composed and recorded for Virginia Water Radio by Torrin Hallett.

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Some of he learning stations ready for Christiansburg (Va.) Middle School students at Stormwater Education Day, held by Montgomery County Schools and the Town of Christiansburg on April 12, 2017.

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 the Week of 7-5-21: Operation Dry Water Works on Taking the Alcohol Out of the Boating Waters

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of July 5, 2021, is “Operation Dry Water Targets Boating Under the Influence.”  The 4 min./18 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/07/episode-584-7-5-21-operation-dry-water.html, looks at the impact of alcohol on boating and Operation Dry Water’s efforts–heightened during the July 4 holiday weekend–to reduce boating while under the influence of alcohol. Music by the Nelson County/Charlottesville, Va.-based band Chamomile and Whiskey provides imagery appropriate for the dangerous mix of alcohol and boating. This episode is a revised version of an episode from June 2015.

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 the Week of 6-28-21: The Blue Ridge and the Rivers it Helps Generate

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 28, 2021, is “One Blue Ridge Helps Start Several Virginia Rivers.”  The 4 min./41 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/06/episode-583-6-28-21-one-blue-ridge.html, focuses on how Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a divide for six of Virginia’s major rivers. The episode includes music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va., and by The Steel Wheels, of Rockingham County/Harrisonburg, Va. This revised episode from April 2014 is part of a series this summer of episodes related to watersheds and river basins.

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 the Week of June 21, 2021: At the Headwaters

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 21, 2021, is “Where Headwaters Flow, Rivers Begin.”  The 5 min./9 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/06/episode-582-6-21-21-where-headwaters.html, focuses on headwater streams and the roles they play in watersheds.  The episode features the guest voice of Virginia Tech graduate Carrie Jensen, describing her research on Appalachian headwaters during the November 4, 2017, “Nutshell Games,” conducted by Tech’s Center for Communicating Science. The episode includes music by the multi-state band, Wake Up Robin. This revised episode from December 2017 is part of a series this summer of episodes related to watersheds and river basins.

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A headwater stream on Brush Mountain in Blacksburg, Va., Dec. 2, 2017.

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 the Week of June 14, 2021: An Introduction to Watersheds

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 14, 2021, is “Introducing Watersheds with ‘Mountain Stream’ by Bob Gramann.”  The 4 min./31 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/06/episode-581-6-14-21-introducing.html, explores the basics of watersheds, some factors that make watersheds different, and the major watersheds in Virginia. The episode features music by Bob Gramann of Fredericksburg, Va. This revised episode from April 2013 is the start of a series this summer of episodes on watersheds and river basins.

Thornton River, Shenandoah National Park, Rappahannock County, June 19, 2006.

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 the Week of 6-7-21: The 2021 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Season is Here

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of June 7, 2021, is “Ana’s May Arrival Opens the 2021 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Season.”  The 5 min./5 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/06/episode-580-6-7-21-anas-may-arrival.html, is Water Radio’s annual look ahead to the Atlantic season (officially June 1-November 30) for hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical depressions. The episode includes music composed for Virginia Water Radio by Torrin Hallett, a recent graduate of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Predictions for the 2021 Atlantic tropical storm season.  Graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season,” 5/20/21, online at https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-predicts-another-active-atlantic-hurricane-season.

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 the Week of 5-31-21: The Virginia Household Water Quality Program Helps Citizens Know Their Water Better

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of May 31, 2021, is “Water from Wells, Springs, and Cisterns Gets a Check-up through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program.”  The 4 min./56 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/05/episode-579-5-31-21-water-from-wells.html, introduces a Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension program that provides household well-, spring-, and cistern-testing; interpretation of results; and water-management information for Virginia citizens. This revised version of a March 2017 Water Radio episode is part of a series in May 2021 of groundwater-related episodes. The updated version includes music by the Nelson County, Va., band Chamomile and Whiskey.

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 the Week of 5-24-21: Drilling a Water Well

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of May 24, 2021, is “Water Well Construction is an Ancient and Modern Human Practice.”  The 3 min./51 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/05/episode-578-5-24-21-water-well.html, features sounds of digging deep into the earth to find groundwater. It’s a revised version of a June 2014 episode and continues a series this May-June of revisited groundwater-related episodes. The episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va.

Well-drilling rig. Photo taken at a Montgomery County, Va., residential well-drilling project by Fenton Well Drilling and Pump Service of Blacksburg, Va., June 20, 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 the Week of 5-17-21: Exploring Thermal Springs, James River Headwaters, and History in Virginia’s Western Highlands

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of May 17, 2021, is “Water’s at the Heart of Virginia’s Western Highlands.”  The 4 min./53 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2021/05/episode-577-5-17-21-waters-at-heart-of.html, explores the four-county region where the James River starts and where thermal springs have attracted visitors since for centuries. The episode, a revised version of a July 2017 episode, continues a series this May-June of revisited groundwater-related episodes. The episode features music by the Blacksburg, Va.-based group Sweet Chalybeate.

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Historic water-powered mill wheel on the Waterwheel Restaurant in Warm Springs, Va., July 22, 2017.

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!