Monday, August 28, 2017

Episode 383 (8-28-17): Exploring River Stewardship, Featuring “River Song” by The Floorboards

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Listeners: Please note that the musical excerpt in this episode has somewhat suggestive lyrics, so adults should preview it to determine whether they consider it appropriate for their children or students.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of August 28, 2017, updating an episode from August 2014.

MUSIC – ~9 sec

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 20 seconds.

MUSIC - ~21 sec

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 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 - [SOUND - ~ 2 sec - bottles] - Help keep trash and pollutants out of waterways and drainage ditches; and, if you want to go further, participate in one of the waterways clean-ups coordinated by Clean Virginia Waterways each September and October.

Second - [SOUND - ~ 4 sec – boat motor] - 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 - [SOUND - ~ 3 sec – fishing line reeling] - 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 fishing piers and boat-launch sites.

And fourth - [SOUND - ~ 4 sec – spraying hose] - 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 this week’s music.  As we close with a few more seconds of “River Song,” here’s hoping you get lots of chances to one thing that’s always OK on Virginia’s rivers—enjoy ‘em!

MUSIC - ~16 sec


For more Virginia water sounds, music, and information, visit us online at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.  Thanks to Ben Cosgrove for his version of “Shenandoah” to open and close the show.   In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


This episode is a revised repeat of Episode 228 (8-25-14), which has been archived.

The excerpts of “River Songs” were 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

Click here if you’d like to hear the full version (2 min./22 sec.) of the “Shenandoah” arrangement/performance by Ben Cosgrove that opens and closes this episode.  More information about Mr. Cosgrove is available online at

Trash beside Passage Creek in Shenandoah County, Va., August 22, 2016.
Life jacket promotional poster made available for free from the National Safe Boating Council, accessed online at!/Wear-It-Poster/p/62419081/category=18136007.
Fishing-line recycling station at Philpott Marina in Henry County, Va., January 16, 2017.
Sign warning against transport of invasive aquatic species at the Claytor Lake State Park marina in Pulaski County, Va., September 23, 2012.

BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, “Monofilament Recycling,” online at

Clean Virginia Waterways (at Longwood University), “Virginia Waterways Cleanup,” online at

Florida Fish and Widlife Conservation Commission, “Fishing Line and Tackle Disposal: It’s about More than Just Monofilament,” 2/7/16, online at

KUOW FM-Seattle, Wash., “Oregon Battles Invasive Minnows To Protect Non-Native Trout,” 6/14/16, online at

Maryland Sea Grant, “Aquatic Invasive Species,” online at

National Safe Boating Council, online at

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “Responsible Use of Baitfish,” online at

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Aquatic Invasive Species,” online at

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), “Boating,” online at

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, “Invasive Plant Species of Virginia,” online at

Virginia Invasive Species Working Group, online at


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (  See particularly the subject categories for Recreation; Rivers, Streams and Other Surface Water; Science; and Waste Management.

Previous episodes related to topics mentioned in this episode are the following:
boating safetyEpisode 111 – 5/21/12; Episode 270 – 6/15/15 (Operation Dry Water and BUI); Episode 370, 5/29/17;
fishing-line recycling - Episode 175 (8-19-13);
invasive species: Episode 321 (6-20-16);
safety around docks: Episode 131 (10-8-12);
waterways cleanups: Episode 180 Revisited (8-31-15).