Monday, August 25, 2014

Episode 228 (8-25-14): Using "River Song" by the Floorboards to Explore River Stewardship

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of August 25, 2014.  This week, we feature a southwestern Virginia band with a song about a riverside rogue whose confession of bad behavior is our cue to look at some good behaviors from the river’s point of view.  Have a listen for about 30 seconds. 


You’ve been listening to part of “River Song,” by The Floorboards, in a live performance in Richmond in December 2013.  When the song’s mischievous narrator says he’s “doin’ things I should never do,” he’s talking, of course, about his riverside affairs of the romantic kind.  But if you’re talking about water resources affairs, what should one do, and NOT do, down by or on the river?  Here are four big things: First, help keep trash and pollutants out of waterways and drainage ditches; and, if you want to go further, participate in one of the waterway clean-ups coordinated by Clean Virginia Waterways each September and October.  Second, if you’re a boater, be a safe, responsible one, including taking Virginia’s required boater-education course and never boating under the influence of alcohol.  Third, recycle used fishing line, so that birds and other wildlife don’t gather used line and ultimately get ensnared; recycling receptacles are available at many boat-launch sites.  And fourth, help stop the spread of harmful, invasive aquatic plants and animals by cleaning boats and water gear after use, and by NOT putting unused baitfish or other non-native species into waterways. 

Thanks to The Floorboards for permission to use “River Song,” and here’s hoping you get lots of chances to one thing that’s always OK on Virginia’s rivers—enjoy ‘em!  

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. 

SHOW NOTES [All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 8/25/14]

The Roanoke River along Peaceful Drive in western Roanoke County, Virginia, July 13, 2014.

This week’s music was taken from a live performance by The Floorboards at the Cary Street Cafe in Richmond, Va., on December 13, 2013; used with permission.  The recording was accessed from The Floorboards’ page on Internet Archive,  More information about The Floorboards is available online at

Links to Other Virginia Water Radio Episodes on the Topics Mentioned in this Episode

Waterways cleanups: Episode 180 (9-23-13).

Safe boating: Episode 214 (5-19-14).

Safety around docks: Episode 131 (10-8-12).

Fishing-line recycling: Episode 175 (8-19-13).

Invasive species: Episode 218 (6-16-14).

Sources of Information on the Topics Mentioned in the Episode

Waterways cleanups: Clean Virginia Waterways, at

Safe boating: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), at

Fishing-line recycling: VDGIF, at

Invasive species:
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, at;
Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species,

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