“Water Drops” are 90-second essays on water science, hydrology, culture, history, organizations, law, and policy that have aired weekly on radio station WRVO-FM in Oswego, N.Y., since January 2006. Created for the lay public with a basic understanding of Earth science, the 133 essays now are available on Public Radio Exchange ( for free use by public radio stations, according to terms set forth at the Exchange Web site that include citing appropriate credits. If aired weekly, there are enough essays for 2.5 years of radio programming.

The essays were created and recorded by Peter E. Black, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Water and Related Land Resources, Emeritus, at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at the State University of New York in Syracuse, and Christopher P. Baycura, a producer at ESF. Mark Lavonier of WRVO composed original music.