City of Roanoke Stormwater Monitoring Network

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The U.S. Geological Survey, partnering with the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech University, are working to monitor the water volume and quality in streams throughout the City of Roanoke. There is currently a single long-term monitoring station, Lick Run, within the city. The objective of this study is to create a model to compute suspended sediment concentrations and loads within the Lick Run Watershed from various water quality parameters. The results of this project will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of stormwater control measures taken within the watershed.

The U.S. Geological Survey is also partnering with the City of Roanoke to implement a network of nine precipitation stations that will measure real-time precipitation within the City. This network will provide a tool for stormwater managers, utilities, and first responders to gain a better understanding of real time precipitation in an urban environment.  


Urbanization has a major impact on the quantity and quality of water within a city. Implementing long-term monitoring alongside improvement projects, such as Best Management Practices (BMP’s) or Low Impact Developments (LID’s) allows for better informed decision making on where and how resources should be allocated.

The goal of the water quality monitoring is to characterize streamflow and suspended-sediment transport in Lick Run before, during, and after implementation of stormwater control measures to evaluate changes in loads indicative of watershed‐scale responses to implementation. The goal of the precipitation network is to measure precipitation throughout the City of Roanoke to inform City managers and emergency responders of precipitation events in near real-time.

Project objectives: Water Quality Monitoring

  • Operate a comprehensive water‐resources monitoring station to continuously measure water level (supporting computation of discharge), water temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.
  • Generate the required data to compute annual loads of suspended sediment for Lick Run.

Project objectives: Precipitation Network

  • Install, operate, and maintain a network of nine precipitation gages within the City of Roanoke.
  • Present the data in near-real time via USGS National Water Information Systems (NWIS) and a state-level internet mapping application.

Water Quality Data:

Site ID: 0205551460 Lick Run above Patton Ave at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 02054750 Roanoke River at Route 117 at Roanoke, VA.

Precipitation Data:

Site ID: 0205551460 Lick Run above Patton Ave. at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371339079554400 Meteorological Station at Garden City at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371459079560300 Meteorological Station at Mill Mountain Park at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371518079591700 Meteorological Station at Shrine Hill Park at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371520080015100 Meteorological Station at Hidden Valley at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371657080002800 Meteorological Station at Strauss Park at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371709079580800 Meteorological Station at Fire Station 5 at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371824080002600 Meteorological Station along Route 117 at Roanoke, VA.

Site ID: 371840079534900 Meteorological Station at Blue Hills Drive at Roanoke, VA.

Precipitation data may also be viewed using our Interactive Precipitation Map.