Monday, June 11, 2012

Episode 114 (June 11, 2012): Envirothon

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 June 11, 2012.

This week, we feature voices of Virginia high-school students competing in Virginia’s Dominion Envirothon.  Conducted by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Envirothon challenges teams of five students to show their knowledge and skills about aquatics, forestry, soils, and wildlife, and to make a 20-minute oral presentation on a current environmental issue.  For the 2012 competition, teams presented proposed solutions for a real-life stormwater-management problem in the Fairfax County community of McLean. The teams were required specifically to consider low-impact development, or LID, practices as alternatives to more conventional stormwater-management techniques.  Have a listen for about 3 minutes to an excerpt from this year’s state-level competition, held in May at James Madison University.  The excerpt starts with brief comments from two Association staff members.


Envirothon offers students a chance to learn about natural resources and to develop communication and teamwork skills.  If you’re interested in starting a team in your area, contact your local soil and water conservation district.

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.

Acknowledgments and Sources: Thanks to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for permission to record presentations at the 2012 state-level competition.  More information about the Envirothon and about Virginia soil and water conservation districts is available online at; from the Association at 7308 Hanover Green Drive, Suite 100, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111, phone (804) 559-0324, e-mail; or from your local soil and water conservation district.

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Water Meetings and Other Events
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