Northern Neck Master Gardeners have worked closely with partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and county governments to build the Shoreline Evaluation Program, an educational outreach effort that has provided hundreds of property owners with recommendations for improving upland stormwater management, pollutant and sediment runoff, and shoreline erosion.
Durelle Scott, an associate professor of biological systems engineering affiliate of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, is the lead author of a paper that examines flooding in the continental United States in nearly unprecedented detail.
The agents help managers adopt stream-exclusion practices in addition to cost-share programs administered by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the National Resources Conservation Service.
In this installment of a stream of stories on how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is protecting water around the world, we go to the Eastern Shore to see how agents with Virginia Cooperative Extension assist farmers to practice good conservation efforts.
This week, the Virginia Tech Daily will publish a stream of stories on how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is protecting our most valuable resource — water — around the world. In today's installment, read about the work of Leigh-Anne Krometis, whose research focuses on providing clean water to Appalachia.
In the U.S., we are evidently near the peak of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We may have seen the worst that this disease can bring, but we are not yet confident that every day from here on will be better than the last.
The ambitious collaborative project will utilize remote sensing technology, isotopic tracing, and manipulative field studies to develop a comprehensive model of water and nutrient flow through forested watersheds and streams.
Scientists will research the links between hydrological and carbon dynamics taking place in forested wetlands to better understand the role that these ecosystems play in the export, storage, and emission of carbon.
Earlier this month, the first-ever Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia Conference kicked off at Virginia Tech on the Blacksburg campus. This event also marked the formal inclusion of Virginia Tech in a collaborative research program with researchers from UC Berkeley and China.
“These dragonflies emerge from the water from July through October with peak numbers in September, and begin migrating south. Based on the public observations, there appears to be a lot more dragonflies this year than in previous years.”
Since 2015, nearly 300 high school students have participated in the Virginia Household Water Quality Program. The program has increased their awareness of water quality issues and stimulated interest in science, technology, engineering, and math educational programs.
A passive, durable, and effective method of water collection, fog harvesting consists of catching the microscopic droplets of water suspended in the wind that make up fog. An interdisciplinary research team at Virginia Tech has improved the traditional design of fog nets to increase their collection capacity by threefold.
Sunil Sinha, professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will work to develop a national database, named PIPEiD, otherwise known as Pipeline Infrastructure Database, that will efficiently and securely store the collected data.
Edwards was recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his efforts "to apply his engineering expertise to revealing dangerous levels of lead contamination in water supplies."