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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.

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

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West Virginia Current Water Conditions

West Virginia Current Water Conditions

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

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Date published: April 21, 2021

New intensive water-resource monitoring stations support stream and ecological restoration research in Reston, Virginia

Two new intensive water-resources monitoring stations and a meteorological station were recently installed to monitor the hydrology, water-quality, and ecology of two urban streams in Reston, Virginia. The USGS will evaluate data collected before, during, and after the implementation of stream improvements projects to see how effective they are at improving water quality and ecosystem...

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—A century of change, 1950–2050

ForewordSustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken...

Clune, John W.; Capel, Paul D.; Miller, Matthew P.; Burns, Douglas A.; Sekellick, Andrew J.; Claggett, Peter R.; Coupe, Richard H.; Fanelli, Rosemary M.; Garcia, Ana Maria; Raffensperger, Jeff P.; Terziotti, Silvia; Bhatt, Gopal; Blomquist, Joel D.; Hopkins, Kristina G.; Keisman, Jennifer L.; Linker, Lewis C.; Shenk, Gary W.; Smith, Richard A.; Soroka, Alexander M.; Webber, James S.; Wolock, David M.; Zhang, Qian
Clune, J.W., and Capel, P.D., eds., 2021, Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—A century of change, 1950–2050: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1486, 168 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1486.

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Groundwater hydrology and chemistry of Jamestown Island, Virginia—Potential effects of tides, storm surges, and sea-level rise on archaeological, cultural, and ecological resources

As the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607, Jamestown Island, Colonial National Historical Park (COLO), Virginia, contains a rich archaeological record that extends from the Paleoindian period (15,000 to 8,000 years ago) through the 20th century. The island is located on the lower James River near the mouth of...

McCoy, Kurt J.; Rice, Karen C.; Rickles, Ellyn; Frederick, Dave; Cramer, Jennifer; Geyer, Dorothy
McCoy, K.J., Rice, K.C., Rickles, E., Frederick, D., Cramer, J., and Geyer, D., 2021, Groundwater hydrology and chemistry of Jamestown Island, Virginia—Potential effects of tides, storm surges, and sea-level rise on archaeological, cultural, and ecological resources: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5117, 50 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215117.

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Chesapeake Bay: A case study in resiliency and restoration

Chesapeake Bay (“mother of waters” or the “great shellfish Bay” in Algonquin), is the largest estuary in the United States and arguably the best studied estuary in the world. Chesapeake Bay is immense, with the main stem stretching 200 nautical miles (315 km) from the mouth of the Susquehanna River to its terminus at the Atlantic Ocean and an...

Arnold, Richard R; Dennison, William C.; Etgen, Louis A.; Goodwin, Peter; Paolisso, Michael; Shenk, Gary W.; Swanson, Ann; Vargas, Nguyen