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.

TRANSCRIPT

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.

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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 virginiawaterradio.org, 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.

SHOW NOTES
Acknowledgments:
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 http://vwrrc.vt.edu/symposium_coal2011.html.


Additional Information: The Virginia Water Central News Grouper blog site (online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/) 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
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.

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 http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Episode 96 (January 23, 2012): Polar Plunges for Special Olympics

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


TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 23, 2012.

This week, we feature another series of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 30 seconds, and see if you can guess what’s going on with this music, screams, and water splashing.  And here’s a hint: When a good cause needs help, lots of people plunge right in.

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If you guessed: excited people running into near-freezing water—you’re right!  But the real mystery is: why did over 200 people jump into the cold New River one day in January 2011?  They were participants in the 2011 Highlander Polar Plunge, held in Radford to raise money for Special Olympics.  At winter water plunges each year around Virginia and across the country, the charity gets contributions from entry fees and from donations raised by plunging participants.  The 2012 plunges in Virginia will be held on February 4 into the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach, and on February 25 into the Potomac River at Dumfries, into Camp Hydaway Lake in Lynchburg, and again into the New River at Radford.  Information about these events is available online at polarplunge.com.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.

SHOW NOTES
Acknowledgments and Sources: For more information on the 2011 Highlander Polar Plunge, see this Radford University news release or this Roanoke Times article.  Information on the 2012 Polar Plunges in Virginia is available at http://www.polarplunge.com (the Web site for the Virginia Beach plunge and accompanying activities, with links to events at other sites) and at http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplungeva (registration and fundraising for all the events).  The Web site for Special Olympics nationally is http://www.specialolympics.org/ and for Special Olympics in Virginia is http://www.specialolympicsva.org/. 


Recent Virginia Water News
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.

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 http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Episode 95 (January 16, 2012): Pelicans


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


TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 16, 2012.

This week we feature another mystery sound.  Have a listen for about 10 seconds, and see if you can guess what kind of birds are making the clucking or croaking sounds.  And here’s a hint: You might find this throaty creature in a dive.

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If you guessed pelicans, you’re right!  Two pelican species occur along Virginia’s coast: records show the White Pelican as only an occasional visitor on the Eastern Shore, but increasing numbers of Brown Pelicans have been seen around Virginia coastal waters since the 1980s.  Brown Pelicans are known for their feeding behavior of plunging into water to trap fish in their large, expandable throat pouch.  In 1970, after their populations had significantly decreased over several decades, Brown Pelicans were listed as a federally endangered species.  But a ban on the pesticide DDT, restrictions on similar pesticides, and various habitat-protection efforts have helped Brown Pelicans make a remarkable recovery along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, and the species was removed from the federal list in 1985.  Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Sound Clips” Web site for making this week’s sound available for public use.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.

SHOW NOTES: 
Acknowledgments: The sound of baby pelicans was taken from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Sound Clips” Web site, at http://www.fws.gov/video/sound.htm (accessed 1/17/12).  This sound was featured previously in Virginia Water Radio Episode 37 (week of 10-11-10).  

Sources: Information on pelicans was taken from A Guide to Field Identification of Birds of North America, by Chandler S. Robbins et al., St. Martin’s Press, 2001 edition; the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ “Fish and Wildlife Information Service,” online at http://vafwis.org/fwis/?Title=VaFWIS+Species+Information; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Brown Pelican Fact Sheet” (PDF file), November 2009, online at http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/pdf/brown_pelicanfactsheet09.pdf; Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Bird Guide” Web site at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search; and Cornell’s “Birds of North America Online” Web site at http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna (subscription required for this site).
           

Recent Virginia Water News
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.

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 http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Episode 94 (January 9, 2012): State Water Control Board

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


TRANSCRIPT


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 9, 2012.

This week we listen in on a recent meeting by one of Virginia’s key citizen boards that oversees state policies and regulations on water resources.  Have a listen for about 90 seconds.

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You’ve been listening to excerpts from the September 22, 2011, meeting of Virginia’s State Water Control Board.  The Board’s key duties include water-quality standards, wastewater permits and their enforcement, water-supply planning and policy, wetlands regulation, groundwater management, petroleum storage-tank regulations, and financial assistance for wastewater infrastructure.  According to the Virginia Code, Water Control Board members are “by their education, training, or experience, [to] be knowledgeable of water quality control and regulation and...fairly representative of conservation, public health, business, and agriculture.”  The seven-member board meets at least quarterly, usually in Richmond.  Thanks to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for providing a recording of the board’s September 2011 meeting.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.

SHOW NOTES
Acknowledgments and Sources:
Audio of the September 22, 2011, State Water Control Board (SWCB) meeting was provided by Cindy Berndt of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  PDF files of SWCB meetings are available through the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Web site at http://www.townhall.state.va.us/index.cfm (posted by meeting date; the site is searchable for specific agencies).  Information on the SWCB was taken from the “State Water Control Board Overview” provided online by the Virginia DEQ at http://www.deq.state.va.us/cboards/#water (accessed 1/9/12), and from the Virginia Code, Sec. 62.1-44.15.  (The Virginia Code is available and searchable online at the Virginia General Assembly’s Legislative Information System, online at http://leg1.state.va.us/.


Recent Virginia Water News
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.


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 http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.