Did You Know?

Written by Cassidy Quistorff

‘Did You Know’ that the average Virginian uses 826 gallons of water a day? Our water resources come from a wide range of landscapes and places, from the Appalachian mountains along our western boundary all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s ‘Did You Know’ series is a bi-weekly online publication that brings Virginia’s water stories to you. With topics as diverse as our state’s landscapes, there’s something for everyone.

May is Home to National Drinking Water Week

The total amount of water on Earth has stayed the same for approximately two billion years. Of the 326 million trillion gallons of water present on Earth, less than 1% is accessible and drinkable. Given that water is an …READ MORE


A Bright Future for a Dismal Swamp

“It certainly could be… dismal.” Clay Word, a recent Masters graduate of Virginia Tech, conducted his field work in a unique landscape. “It would usually take me two weeks to get all of the dirt and peat out of my wrinkles …READ MORE


Up in the Air: How the Water Cycle is Changing, Part II

No part of Virginia was unaffected by the changing water cycle last year. With a greater proportion of rainfall occurring in extreme precipitation events, water is becoming more unevenly distributed throughout the year. …READ MORE


Up in the Air: How the Water Cycle is Changing, Pt. I

The water cycle is one of the oldest scientific observations. In fact, it can be traced back as far as 2400 years ago in a Hindu devotional depicting the Sun heating up and evaporating water and sending it back to Earth. While this is …READ MORE


Why Some are Salty About Winter Roads

While Virginia has had an unusually warm winter, the effects of many snow and ice storms past are still lingering beneath the snow-less surface. Salt is commonly thought of as a table-side staple but is now becoming one …READ MORE

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