Monday, February 10, 2014

Episode 200 (2-10-14): "River Runs Dry," by Kat Mills

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of February 10, 2014.

This week, we feature a song from a Blacksburg, Va., musician, comparing the flow of water to the flow of ideas and creativity.  Have a listen for about a minute.


You’ve been listening to part of “River Runs Dry,” by Kat Mills, accompanied by Rachel Handman, on the 2003 CD “Long Time,” from Sweetcut Music.  According to Ms. Mills, the river in the song symbolizes the inspirations and sources of creativity on which this musician depends in her life and work.  But the song’s questions about what to do if the river or well goes dry also bring to mind the challenges of sustaining sources of actual water.  Such challenges are clear from current events, like this month’s coal-ash spill in the Dan River; last month’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia; and ongoing drought in California and other western states.  Thanks to Kat Mills for permission to use this week’s music, and for some inspiration for the big job of water, let’s end with another little sip of Ms. Mills’ and Ms. Handman’s creativity.

MUSIC (about 15 seconds)

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.


[All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 2/10/14]

A low-flowing St. Mary’s River, Augusta County, Va., July 30, 2011.  At the time, that area was rated as being “abnormally dry” by the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Acknowledgments: “River Runs Dry” and “Long Time” are copyright by Kat Mills and Sweetcut Music, used with permission.  More information about Kat Mills is available online at and at

The accompaniment on “River Runs Dry” is by Rachel Handman, a violinist based in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.  More information on Ms. Handman is available online at the Web site of the Ridgefield [Conn.] Symphony Orchestra,

Some starting points for information on the current water-resources events mentioned in this episode are the following:
Dan River coal-ash spill
, February 2014: Virginia Water Central News Grouper, About 82,000 Tons of Coal Ash Spilled into Dan River after Pipe Break at Duke Energy Ash-storage Basin in Eden, N.C.; News Accounts Through Feb. 10, 2014, posted 2/10/14.

West Virginia chemical spill
, January 2014: Virginia Water Central News Grouper, West Virginia Chemical Spill on Jan. 9, 2014—Information Sources, posted 1/10/14.

Drought in California and other western states
: U.S. Drought Monitor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, online at

Virginia Water News and Other Information
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