Monday, January 30, 2012

Episode 97 (January 30, 2012): Coal and Water, Part 1

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Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 30, 2012.

This week, we start a series of episodes on some of the connections between water quality and coal-mining in southwestern Virginia and in Appalachia generally.  This week’s installment is a short introduction to coal mining in Virginia and to the unique water resources found in Virginia’s coalfields area.  The speaker is Richard Davis, coordinator for abandoned mine land projects for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.  This three-minute excerpt is from Mr. Davis’ presentation at the symposium, “Coal and Water in Appalachia—The Challenge to Balance,” held November 15, 2011, in Blacksburg.


The next installment in this series will look at some specific water-quality challenges for Appalachian coal-mining.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Virginia Water Radio thanks Richard Davis for permission to use excerpts from his talk at the November 15, 2011, symposium, “Coal and Water in Central Appalachia: The Challenge to Balance.”  The symposium was organized by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, West Virginia Water Research Institute, and Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute.  More information on the symposium and links to slide presentations by speakers are available online at

Additional Information: The Virginia Water Central News Grouper blog site (online at has a Coal and Water category, providing annotated links to recent news articles and other materials regarding the connections between water resources and the mining or use of coal.

Recent Virginia Water News
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Water Meetings and Other Events
            For events related to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Quick Guide to Virginia Water–related Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events, online at  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.