Category Archives: Water Quality and Habitat in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries and Coastal Waters

Items related to aquatic life and conditions in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s coastal waters, Virginia’s Chesapeake tributaries (James, Potomac, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and York), and Chesapeake Bay waters in other states.

On Virginia Water Radio for the Week of 2-10-20: Saltmarsh Sparrow and Sea-level Rise

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of February 10, 2020, is “The Saltmarsh Sparrow and Its Connection to Sea-level Rise.”  The 4 min./2 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/02/episode-511-2-10-20-saltmarsh-sparrow.html, focuses on a bird species that’s found exclusively in Atlantic Coast salt marshes and is considered an indicator species for sea-level rise.  The episode includes excerpts of “Sparrow,” by Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand.

511 Image 1Saltmarsh Sparrow, location unidentified, June 11, 2005.  Photo by Dominic Sherony, made available for use under Creative Commons, “Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0),” accessed online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/9765210@N03/7749644414/, 2/10/20.

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 1-13-20: Snow Geese

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of January 13, 2020, is “Snow Geese Gather for Coastal Virginia’s Winter.”  The 4 min./6 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2020/01/episode-507-1-13-20-snow-geese-gather.html, focuses on a bird species that brings big flocks and large sounds to eastern Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region in the late fall and winter.  The episode includes music by Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand of New York.

507 Image2 USFWSSnow Geese in flight (location and date unidentified).  Photo made available for public use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov; the specific URL for the image is https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/4372/rec/1, as of 1/14/20.

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 12-9-19: Brant

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of December 9, 2019, is “Winter Brings Brant to Atlantic Coastal Waters.”  The 3 min./28 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/12/episode-502-12-9-19-winter-brings-brant.html, focuses on a species of goose that travels from the Arctic to the Atlantic coastline for the winter.

502 Image 2 FWSBrant in Alaska.  Photo by Tim Bowman, made available for public use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov, accessed 12-10-19.  Specific URL for the photo is https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/natdiglib/id/4267/rec/1.


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 11-18-19: Exploring Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Virginia’s Waters

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of November 18, 2019, is “A Report on Emerging Contaminants in Virginia.”  The 4 min./29 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/11/episode-499-11-18-19-report-on-emerging.html, discusses an October 2019 report on contaminants of emerging concern by the Academic Advisory Committee to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.   The report was written by Kang Xia of Virginia Tech and published by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, which coordinates the Academic Advisory Committee.


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 10-28-19: The Chesapeake Bay Commission

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 28, 2019, is “The Chesapeake Bay Commission Turns 40 in 2020.”  The 4 min./40 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/10/episode-496-10-28-19-chesapeake-bay.html, focuses on the Commission’s involvement since 1980 in efforts to restore the Bay.  The episode features music by Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg, Va., and Andrew VanNorstrand of New York.

496 Image 1 Bay looking north from Cape Charles Oct6 2007Chesapeake Bay looking north from Cape Charles, Va. (Northampton County), October 6, 2007.

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 10-14-19: Exploring Sea-level Rise and Coastal Flooding

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of October 14, 2019, is “Exploring Sea-level Rise and Coastal Flooding With ‘Cypress Canoe’ by Bob Gramann.”  The 5 min./36 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/10/episode-494-10-14-19-exploring-sea.html,  focuses on rising sea levels and their connection to increased coastal flooding, also called recurrent flooding, high tide flooding, and other names.  The episode features music by Fredericksburg, Va., singer/songwriter Bob Gramann.


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 6-3-19: The Latest Wave in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of June 3, 2019, is “The Chesapeake Bay TMDL Clean-up Continues in Phase III.”  The 5 min./13 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/06/episode-475-6-3-19-chesapeake-bay-tmdl.html, focuses on the current development of Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans in the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, the 15-year plan for implementing practices needed to restore the Bay’s water quality and biological health.  The episode features music by the Timothy Seaman of Williamsburg and The Steel Wheels of the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg area.

475 Image 1Map of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Map from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL),” accessed online at https://www.epa.gov/chesapeake-bay-tmdl, 6/3/19.

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!