Resources for Natural Resources & Environmental Quality

Title Available As Summary Date ID Author
A Summary of Agricultural Air Quality Perceptions in Virginia Apr 20, 2010 3004-1442
Guide to Threatened and Endangered Species on Private Lands In Virginia Oct 5, 2010 420-039
Nutrient Management for Small Farms Oct 8, 2010 442-305
Selection and Location of Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage Nov 19, 2009 442-307
Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage: Management and Safety Nov 19, 2009 442-308
Manure Management and Environmental Stewardship Apr 1, 2010 442-309
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Site Evaluation: Groundwater, Soils, & Geology May 1, 2009 442-901
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Management of Irrigation Systems May 1, 2009 442-902
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Household Wastewater Treatment and Septic Systems May 1, 2009 442-903
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Livestock and Poultry Yard Management May 1, 2009 442-908
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Livestock Manure Storage and Treatment Facilities May 1, 2009 442-909
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Poultry Litter Management and Carcass Disposal May 1, 2009 442-910
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Milking Center Wastewater Treatment May 1, 2009 442-911
Virginia Farmstead Assessment System: Silage Storage and Management May 1, 2009 442-912
On-Site Sewage Treatment Alternatives Sep 21, 2015 448-407 (CSES-116P)
Powell River Project - Reclamation of Coal Refuse Disposal Areas Oct 21, 2010 460-131
Powell River Project - Passive Treatment of Acid-Mine Drainage Mar 30, 2011 460-133
Virginia Master Naturalist, American Naturalists
Jared Diamond (2005), in his book, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” defines landscape amnesia as one of the primary mechanisms for the decline and ultimate collapse of societies. This phenomenon occurs when people lose knowledge of how the natural world once was, with each succeeding generation accepting a degraded environment as the status quo. Carried to its end, a society remains unconcerned until it reaches the point of no return.
Jun 19, 2015 465-312(ANR-20NP)
Effectiveness of Temporary Stream Crossing Closure Techniques Forest Operations Research Highlights
Protection of water quality is a critical component of forest harvesting operations. Virginia’s silvicultural water quality law (§10.1-1181.1 through 10.1-1181.7) prohibits excessive sedimentation of streams as a result of silvicultural operations. Virginia’s logging businesses invest substantial resources implementing BMPs to protect water quality. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is responsible for enforcing this law and inspects all logging operations to ensure protection of water quality.
Aug 8, 2014 ANR-110NP
Trees and Water Jul 30, 2012 ANR-18NP
Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture
In this publication, information is presented on how to increase farm productivity while potentially reducing greenhouse gas* (GHG) contributions from agricultural production. Some of the practices may be familiar to many producers, such as building soil organic matter (SOM) or increasing nitrogen fertilization efficiency, but many producers may not know that these same productivity-boosting activities also help to reduce GHG emissions and their impact on climate change. While informative to the producer, this publication will also inform those with an interest in both agriculture and the environmental impact of GHG emissions on the atmosphere.
Apr 2, 2014 BSE-105P
Household Water Quality in Floyd County, Virginia
In March 2013, residents from Floyd County participated in a drinking water testing clinic sponsored by the local Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office and the Virginia Household Water Quality Program.
Aug 29, 2014 BSE-153NP
IMPACT: Virginia Household Water Quality Program
One in five Virginians, or nearly 1.7 million people, rely on private water supplies such as wells, springs, and cisterns for their household water. In the U.S., municipal systems are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which requires routine water testing and treatment.
Jul 23, 2015 BSE-187NP
Communicating Climate Change to Agricultural Audiences
The objectives of this publication are (1) to outline some climate-related challenges facing agriculture, (2) to address challenges in communicating climate change issues, and (3) to propose best practices when attempting to communicate climate change issues to agricultural stakeholders. Extension educators and agricultural service providers can use the information presented here to develop outreach and educational programs focused on the impacts of climate change, the effects of climate change on agricultural production, and the best ways to motivate behavior change.
Nov 15, 2016 BSE-203P
Factors When Considering an Agricultural Drainage System Feb 23, 2017 BSE-208P
Denitrification Management Mar 27, 2013 BSE-54P
Decentralized Small Community Wastewater Collection Systems
Wastewater is a significant source of carbon, sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and other potential pollutants. Reducing the quantity of these contaminants before they are discharged to either groundwater or surface water is essential to preserve or enhance water quality in receiving waters. This is accomplished through the installation of wastewater treatment and collection systems. The form of these systems can vary substantially. In Virginia, they range in size from 5,000 to 50,000 gallons per day; 49 percent are public systems and the remainder are private (Parten 2008).
Jul 10, 2014 BSE-77P
Nitrogen and Sulfur Leaching Potential in Virginia
Early summer often means locally heavy and sporadic rainfall as thunderstorms deliver intense rains, and 2015 appears to be no different with many areas in eastern Virginia receiving 3+ inches of rain in a few days (Figure 1). These storms also often coincide with the timing of sidedress nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) applications on corn. While some rainfall after sidedress is very beneficial to facilitate N movement into soil, heavy rain (2+ inches) often leaves us wondering how much, if any, of that recently-applied N remains and if additional N is needed.
Jun 19, 2015 CSES-125NP
The Nutrient Value of Straw
The mature and dried stem, leaves, and chaff remaining after barley and wheat are harvested is known as straw. Many farmers around Virginia harvest straw by baling in small bales, large round bales, or large square bales that range in weight from 40 to 1,000 lbs. plus per bale.
Jun 19, 2015 CSES-126NP