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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

Monitoring Proposed Gas Pipeline Stream Crossings

Monitoring Proposed Gas Pipeline Stream Crossings

USGS is monitoring the water quality of multiple high-priority Virginia streams where natural gas pipeline crossings have been proposed.

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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: 2017

Virginia flow-ecology modeling results—An initial assessment of flow reduction effects on aquatic biota

BackgroundThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), reviewed a previously compiled set of linear regression models to assess their utility in defining the response of the aquatic biological community to streamflow depletion.As part of the 2012 Virginia Healthy Watersheds...

Rapp, Jennifer L.; Reilly, Pamela A.
Rapp, J.L., and Reilly, P.A., 2017, Virginia flow-ecology modeling results—An initial assessment of flow reduction effects on aquatic biota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1088, 68 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171088.

Year Published: 2017

Groundwater-quality data associated with abandoned underground coal mine aquifers in West Virginia, 1973-2016: Compilation of existing data from multiple sources

This report describes a compilation of existing water-quality data associated with groundwater resources originating from abandoned underground coal mines in West Virginia. Data were compiled from multiple sources for the purpose of understanding the suitability of groundwater from abandoned underground coal mines for public supply, industrial,...

McAdoo, Mitchell A.; Kozar, Mark D.
McAdoo, M.A., and Kozar M.D., 2017, Groundwater-quality data associated with abandoned underground coal mine aquifers in West Virginia, 1973-2016: Compilation of existing data from multiple sources: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1069, 7 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1069.

Year Published: 2017

Riverine discharges to Chesapeake Bay: Analysis of long-term (1927–2014) records and implications for future flows in the Chesapeake Bay basin

The Chesapeake Bay (CB) basin is under a total maximum daily load (TMDL) mandate to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads to the bay. Identifying shifts in the hydro-climatic regime may help explain observed trends in water quality. To identify potential shifts, hydrologic data (1927–2014) for 27 watersheds in the CB basin were analyzed...

Rice, Karen; Moyer, Douglas; Mills, Aaron L.
Rice, K.C., Moyer, D.L., and Mills, A.L., 2017, Riverine Discharges to Chesapeake Bay: Analysis of Long-Term (1927-2014) Records and Implications for Future Flows in the Chesapeake Bay Basin: Journal of Environmental Management, v. 204, p. 246-254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.08.057