Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center

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We operate streamgages, observation wells, and monitoring stations that provide reliable scientific information needed to make informed decisions. We use advanced science and analytical methods to investigate and understand our natural world.

Virginia and West Virginia Current Water Conditions

Virginia and West Virginia Current Water Conditions

Explore real-time Virginia and West Virginia streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our interactive map application.

Water conditions

Virginia Drought Streamflow Probabilities

Virginia Drought Streamflow Probabilities

Hydrologic drought streamflow probabilities for summer months are provided as functions of streamflows during the previous winter months. This application allows the display and query of these drought streamflow probabilities for Virginia streams.

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News

A USGS hydrologic technician installs a Rapid-Deployment Gauge on a bridge in Norfolk, Virginia.
September 22, 2017

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Jose, visit the USGS Hurricane Jose page at https://www.usgs.gov/jose.

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring: Occupying a Benchmark
September 16, 2017

Check out this fact sheet summarizing what we do at the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center.

Support tool screenshot showing Irma potential path
September 9, 2017

Learn about the science USGS is providing to decision makers before, during, and after Hurricane Irma. Click HERE.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

U.S. Geological Survey - Virginia Department of Transportation: Bridge scour pilot study

BackgroundCost effective and safe highway bridge designs are required to ensure the long-term sustainability of Virginia’s road systems. The streamflows that, over time, scour streambed sediments from bridge piers inherently affect bridge safety and design costs. To ensure safety, bridge design must anticipate streambed scour at bridge piers over...

Austin, Samuel H.
Austin, S.H., 2018, U.S. Geological Survey - Virginia Department of Transportation: Bridge scour pilot study: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3006, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183006.

Year Published: 2018

Variability of hydrological droughts in the conterminous United States, 1951 through 2014

Spatial and temporal variability in the frequency, duration, and severity of hydrological droughts across the conterminous United States (CONUS) was examined using monthly mean streamflow measured at 872 sites from 1951 through 2014. Hydrological drought is identified as starting when streamflow falls below the 20th percentile streamflow value for...

Austin, Samuel H.; Wolock, David M.; Nelms, David L.
Austin, S.H., Wolock, D.M., and Nelms, D.L., 2018, Variability of hydrological droughts in the conterminous United States, 1951 through 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5099, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175099.

Year Published: 2017

Characteristics of peak streamflows and extent of inundation in areas of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia affected by flooding, June 2016

Heavy rainfall occurred across central and southern West Virginia in June 2016 as a result of repeated rounds of torrential thunderstorms. The storms caused major flooding and flash flooding in central and southern West Virginia with Kanawha, Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier Counties among the hardest hit. Over the duration of the storms, from 8...

Austin, Samuel H.; Watson, Kara M.; Lotspeich, R. Russell; Cauller, Stephen J.; White , Jeremy S.; Wicklein, Shaun M.
Austin, S.H., Watson, K.M., Lotspeich, R.R., Cauller, S.J., White, J.S., and Wicklein, S.M., 2017, Characteristics of peak streamflows and extent of inundation in areas of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia affected by flooding, June 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1140, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171140.