Category Archives: Water Quality and Habitat in Virginia’s Southern Rivers

Items related to aquatic life and conditions in Virginia’s “southern rivers”: Big Sandy, Chowan, Clinch/Holston/Powell, New, and Roanoke.

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 September 24, 2018: Trout in the Classroom

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 24, 2018, is “Trout in a Patrick County, Va., Classroom.”  The 4 min./0 sec. episode, available online at this link, visits a southern Virginia elementary school participating in a nationwide program for teaching children about aquatic organisms and habitats.

439 Image 1 Trout Release ONE Woolwine Elem Apr10 2018 Smith River photo by Krista Hodges RCVD 9-22-18Woolwine Elementary School student releasing a trout fingerling into the Smith River in Patrick County, Va., on April 10, 2018.  Photo by Krista Hodges, Dan River Basin Association, used with permission.

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 September 3, 2018: A Labor Day Perspective from the Big Sandy River

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of September 3, 2018, is “Labor Day, ‘Sandy Boys,’ and the Big Sandy River.”  The 3 min./59 sec. episode, available online at this link, features “Sandy Boys,” a traditional song associated with the Big Sandy River valley.  That valley is a center of Appalachian history, labor, and natural-resource use.

This is a revised repeat of an episode in September 2013.

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 August 27, 2018: A Clinch River Mussel Release

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 27, 2018, is “Virginia’s Freshwater Mussels – Part 4: A Clinch River Release of Lab-raised Mussels.”  The 5 min./35 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/08/episode-435-8-27-18-virginias.html, is the fourth of a series of four episodes in August 2018 on the biology, importance, and restoration of this group of freshwater filter-feeders.  This episode focuses on the release of mussels raised at Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center.

435 Image 2 Mussels prior to release with penny for size comparisonMussels raised at the Virginia Tech Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center, prior to release into the Clinch River on July 13, 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 the Week of August 20, 2018: The Mussel-raising Work of Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 20, 2018, is “Virginia’s Freshwater Mussels – Part 3: Raising Mussels in a Lab for Life in a River.”  The 5-minute episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/08/episode-434-8-20-18-virginias.html, is the third of a series in August 2018 on the biology, importance, and restoration of this group of freshwater filter-feeders.  This episode focuses on the mussel-raising operations of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center at Virginia Tech.

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Entrance of the Virginia Tech Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center in Blacksburg, Va., photographed August 15, 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 the Week of August 13, 2018: Freshwater Mussels’ Mimicry Attracts Fish Hosts

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 13, 2018, is “Virginia’s Freshwater Mussels – Part 2: Fish Hosts and Mussel Mimicry.”  The 5 min./40 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/08/episode-433-8-13-18-virginias.html, is the second of a series in August 2018 on the biology, importance, and restoration of this group of freshwater filter-feeders.  This episode focuses on the mussels’ life cycle, particularly the use by mussel larvae of a fish host.


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 August 6, 2018: Introducing Freshwater Mussels

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of August 6, 2018, is “Virginia’s Freshwater Mussels – Part 1: An Introduction to Mussel Biology and Population Status.”  The 6 min./16 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2018/08/episode-432-8-6-18-virginias-freshwater.html, is the first of a series in August 2018 on the biology, importance, and restoration of this group of freshwater filter-feeders.


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!