Thursday, November 10, 2022

Episode 642 (11-21-22): Thanks for the Water - Thanksgiving 2022 Edition

CLICK HERE to listen to episode audio (3:27).

Sections below are the following:
Transcript of Audio
Audio Notes and Acknowledgments
Related Water Radio Episodes
For Virginia Teachers (Relevant SOLs, etc.).

All Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 11-9-22.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the weeks of November 21 and November 28, 2022.  This is a revised version of an episode from November 2013.

MUSIC – ~ 11 sec – instrumental.

That’s part of “Rainy Night,” by the group Wake Up Robin, with musicians from North Carolina, New York, California, and Washington State.  It opens an episode where we drop in on a lively Thanksgiving gathering to hear several people name something about water for which they’re thankful.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds to some of water’s variety and value.

VOICES - ~50 sec

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 us cool.
Without water, we would not be alive.
For life.
You drink it.
It keeps me hydrated.
It makes up at least 75 percent of my being.
I love to exercise in the water—it keeps me going.
What’s not to like about water?  It’s all good as long as it’s clean.

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

Thanks also to Andrew VanNorstrand for permission to use this week’s music; and in honor of hydrologic events that provide our water, we close with about 35 more seconds of “Rainy Night.”

MUSIC - ~37 sec – instrumental.


Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.  For more Virginia water sounds, music, or information, visit us online at, or call the Water Center at (540) 231-5624.  Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of “Cripple Creek” to open and close this episode.  In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


This Virginia Water Radio episode revises and replaces Episode 189, 11-25-13.

“Rainy Night,” from the 2018 album “Wake Up Robin,” on Great Bear Records, by the group of the same name, is used with permission of Andrew VanNorstrand.  More information about the album and band is available online at

Guest voices heard in this episode were recorded by Virginia Water Radio on November 22 and November 24, 2013, in Blacksburg; used with permission.  Virginia Water Radio thanks Blacksburg friends and Virginia Tech co-workers for their participation.

Click here if you’d like to hear the full version (1 min./11 sec.) of the “Cripple Creek” arrangement/performance by Stewart Scales that opens and closes this episode.  More information about Mr. Scales and the group New Standard, with which Mr. Scales plays, is available online at


(Photographs are by Virginia Water Radio.)

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

Historic Aldie Mill in Loudoun County, March 2010.

Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, September 2010.

Cascades Falls in Giles County, July 2014.

Woodland stream in Montgomery County, December 2015.

Rainbow over Montgomery County, March 2017

Wetlands at Frog Level in Tazewell County, June 2018.


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (  See particularly the “Overall Importance of Water” subject category.

Following are links to other episodes related to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Episode 291, 11-23-15 – Thanks for Musical Measures of Water.
Episode 343, 11-21-16
– Wild Turkey and Water.
Episode 395, 11-20-17
– Thanks for the Water—Thanksgiving 2017 Edition.
Episode 500, 11-25-19
– The Variety of Virginia’s Water Story.


Following are some Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) that may be supported by this episode’s audio/transcript.

2020 Music SOLs 

SOLs at various grade levels that call for “examining the relationship of music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge.”

2018 Science SOLs 

Grades K-3 plus 5: Matter
K.4 – Water is important in our daily lives and has properties.

Grades K-4: Living Systems and Processes
K.7 – Plants and animals have basic needs and life processes.
1.5 – Animals, including humans, have basic life needs that allow them to survive.

Grades K-5: Earth and Space Systems
3.7 – There is a water cycle and water is important to life on Earth.

Grades K-5: Earth Resources
K.11 – Humans use resources.
4.8 – Virginia has important natural resources.

Grade 6
6.6 – Water has unique physical properties and has a role in the natural and human-made environment.

Earth Science
ES.6 – Resource use is complex.

BIO.2 – Chemical and biochemical processes are essential for life.

2015 Social Studies SOLs

Grades K-3 Economics Theme
2.8 – Natural, human, and capital resources.
3.8 – Understanding of cultures and of how natural, human, and capital resources are used for goods and services.

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at

Following are links to Water Radio episodes (various topics) designed especially for certain K-12 grade levels.

Episode 250, 1-26-15 – on boiling, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Episode 255, 3-2-15
– on density, for 5th and 6th grade.
Episode 282, 9-21-15
– on living vs. non-living, for kindergarten.
Episode 309, 3-28-16
– on temperature regulation in animals, for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Episode 333, 9-12-16
– on dissolved gases, especially dissolved oxygen in aquatic habitats, for 5th grade.
Episode 404, 1-22-18
– on ice on ponds and lakes, for 4th through 8th grade.
Episode 407, 2-12-18
– on snow chemistry and physics, for high school.
Episode 483, 7-29-19
– on buoyancy and drag, for middle school and high school.
Episode 524, 5-11-20
– on sounds by water-related animals, for elementary school through high school.
Episode 531, 6-29-20
– on various ways that animals get water, for 3rd and 4th grade.
Episode 539, 8-24-20
– on basic numbers and facts about Virginia’s water resources, for 4th and 6th grade.
Episode 606, 12-6-21
– on freezing and ice, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.