Monday, November 25, 2013

Episode 189 (11-25-13): Thanks for the Water - Thanksgiving 2013 Edition

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TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 25, 2013.

This week, to celebrate Thanksgiving, we drop in on a lively community gathering to hear people name something about water for which they’re thankful.  Have a listen for about a minute.

VOICES:

Water for my mom’s garden.
Thunderstorms.
For the snow.
Glaciers.
Waterfalls.
Beach.
Oceans.
I am thankful for the Pacific Ocean.
I’m thankful for the Atlantic Ocean.
Evaporation—it’s sustains life, and keeps up cool.
Water is life—without water, we would not be alive.
For life.
You drink it.
It keeps me hydrated.
Water makes up at least 75 percent of my being.
Cleanliness.
Taking my shower every day.
I love to exercise in the water—it keeps me going.
Water parks.
Creek boatin’.
Tears.
What’s not to like about water?  It’s all good as long as it’s clean.


Virginia Water Radio
thanks these Virginians for reminding us of the diversity, utility, necessity, and vitality of our common wealth of water.


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.

Happy Thanksgiving!


SHOW NOTES
 

Acknowledgments: Voices were recorded by Virginia Water Radio on November 22 and November 24, 2013, in Blacksburg; used with permission.  Virginia Water Radio thanks Blacksburg neighbors and Virginia Tech co-workers for their participation.

Photos:
Here’s a photographic sample of some of the water resources for which Virginians can be thankful.


Marsh at Wachapreague, Accomack County, October 2007
James River near Wingina, on the Nelson-Buckingham county line, July 2009.

Cedar Creek, Frederick County, October 2008.



South River, Rockbridge County, July 2011

Historic Aldie Mill, Loudoun County, March 2010



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Episode 188 (11-18-13): Putting Used Motor Oil in its Place

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TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 18, 2013.

This week, we feature more mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 20 seconds, and see if you guess what’s draining where.  And here’s a hint: If these liquids together flow, ‘twill be a tale of woe.

SOUND.


If you guessed water and oil, you’re right!  And if you guessed that the oil is going into a recycling drum, you know the right way to dispose of used motor oil.  The well-known adage that “oil and water don’t mix” has been applied figuratively to many unlike substances, and even to incompatible people.  But it’s literally and particularly true when it comes to keeping petroleum products, including used motor oil, away from surface waters and groundwater.  Used motor oil’s slow breakdown and its transport of various toxic substances give it a high pollution potential; according to the U.S. EPA, the oil from one automobile oil change can contaminate a million gallons of water.  Automobile oil leaks can also lead to water contamination by dripping onto roadways and then getting washed by stormwater into waterways.  So if you’re a car owner, help keep these two incompatible liquids apart—take care of oil leaks, and take used oil to the nearest oil-collection center.  You can find your nearest collection center by phoning 800-CLEANUP [800-253-2687] or visiting search.earth911.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
 

[All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 11/18/13]

Graphic from the U.S. EPA’s “Used Oil Management Program” Web site (www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/usedoil/index.htm) and the agency’s “You Dump It, You Drink It” campaign.

Automobile oil leak on a street in Blacksburg, Va., on November 16, 2013. 

Acknowledgments: Virginia Water Radio thanks Advance Auto Parts in Blacksburg for permission to record sounds at their used-oil collection station.

Sources and more information:

Information on potential water pollution from used motor oil was taken from the U.S. EPA, “Used Oil Management Program,” online at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/usedoil/index.htm.  The EPA’s “You Dump It, You Drink It” campaign focuses on the proper management of used motor oil and includes a variety of free, printed materials that are available both in English and in Spanish.  Materials are available online at the Web site listed, or you can order materials by phoning (800) 490-9198.


An EPA poster about preventing car oil leaks to protect water is available (as PDF) online at http://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/psatautooil.pdf



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