Monday, November 25, 2013

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

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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.


Water for my mom’s garden.
For the snow.
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.
Taking my shower every day.
I love to exercise in the water—it keeps me going.
Water parks.
Creek boatin’.
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, 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!


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.

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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