American Water Resources Association at Virginia Tech

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

FYI: Information regarding upcoming local environmental and health event

The Blacksburg Police Department will be participating in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.  This is a collaborative effort with our department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs.

The national event will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.   Members of the Blacksburg Police Department and the DEA will be on hand, locally, at the Blacksburg Parks & Recreation Department’s Community Center located at 725 Patrick Henry Drive as a prescription drug collection site.

Many people are not aware that medicines left at home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.  A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 

In addition, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, often discarding them
in the trash, down the drain or flushing them down the toilet - all potential safety and health hazards.  When disposed of in this manner, they end up at your local wastewater treatment facility, which may or may not have the ability to completely remove the medications and their byproducts during the treatment process.  This water is then released into local waterways and has the potential to harm fish and wildlife.  Pharmaceuticals and their byproducts have been detected in waterways and research is currently underway to understand their effect on the environment. (For more info, visit

For more information about this initiative, call Blacksburg Police Department Community Outreach at (540) 961-1811 or visit   Directions to the Community Center can be found on this site under “Collection Sites” as well as information on items that will NOT be accepted.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

AWRA Outstanding Club Members of the Year

Congratulations to Emily Kimminau and Rebecca Stewart who were nominated as AWRA's Outstanding Club Members for the 2010-2011 academic year!  They will both be presented awards at the College of Natural Resources and Environment Awards Recognition Banquet on March 31st!  Congratulations!

Kid's Tech University Hands-on Exhibit

AWRA will be presenting a hands-on exhibit at Kid's Tech University on Saturday, March 26th from 1:30-3:30pm!  Please contact Emily ( if you would like to help out with this event!

The Student Chapter of American Water Resources Association will be hosting an exhibit with locally caught macro-invertebrates (“bugs”) in containers for students to try and spot. They will show how each animal is used in stream monitoring techniques and which ones are worth more "points" than others. The exhibit will allow for kids to explore what life on the bottom of a river looks like and how our everyday activities can affect what they’ll find.  This will allow kids to see how stream monitoring works, what factors are used to test stream quality, how to use a bug identification key, how bugs can be an indicator of water pollution, and how learning about streams can be fun!    

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World Water Day Food Sale and Celebration

AWRA will be selling pizza, baked goods and drinks on the Drillfield this Tuesday, March 22nd in celebration of World Water Day.  All proceeds will be donated to Amman Imman in preparation of Debbie Kahn's visit to VT in April.  Come and help out with this event or stop by for some delicious food.  Try your hand at the "Tap Water Challenge" and see if you can tell the difference between popular bottled water brands and VT's tap water!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Water Movie Night at the Blacksburg Public Library!

Join us on Tuesday, March 15th in watching FLOW - For the Love of Water, an award-winning movie documentary by Irena Salina which "confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause."  The movie will begin at 6:00pm in the common room at the Blacksburg Public Library.  AWRA will provide free popcorn, baked goods and drinks!  Please contact Rebecca Stewart ( or Courtney Reijo ( with any questions or concerns.

To find out more about the Blackburg Public Library movie nights, please visit: