Monitoring High-Priority Stream Crossings Along Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Routes

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), is monitoring the water quality of multiple high-priority streams where natural gas pipeline crossings have been proposed. The purpose of the monitoring effort is to collect baseline water-quality data and, if the pipeline construction is approved, to monitor water quality in these streams before, during, and after pipeline construction.

The purpose of the monitoring effort is to collect baseline water-quality data and, if the pipeline construction is approved, to monitor water quality in these streams before, during, and after pipeline construction.  Specifically, the objectives are: 

  1. Install, operate, and maintain a network of water-quality monitors that continuously measure water level, water temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity at proposed pipeline crossings of selected high-priority streams in accordance with published USGS standards and protocols,
  2. Monitor potential changes in water temperature, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity during and after construction of the proposed pipeline crossings of selected high-priority streams, and
  3. Make the data publicly available in near real-time via USGS National Water Information System Web Interface (NWISWeb; waterdata.usgs.gov).

The following stations are being operated as part of this monitoring program (CLICK EACH TO LEARN MORE):

Site ID: 03171597 Little Stony Creek above Archer Trail near Pembroke, VA

Site ID: 0317159760 Little Stony Creek below Archer Trail near Pembroke, VA

Site ID: 0317154954 Sinking Creek along Route 604 near Newport, VA

Site ID: 0317155123 Sinking Creek at Covered Bridge Lane near Newport, VA

Site ID: 0205450393 Roanoke River along Route 626 at Lafayette, VA

Site ID: 0205450495 Roanoke River above Route 11 at Lafayette, VA

Site ID: 0205373035 Bottom Creek above tributary near Bent Mountain, VA

Site ID: 0205373075 Bottom Creek along Route 612 near Bent Mountain, VA

Site ID: 0205373228 Bottom Creek above confluence near Bent Mountain, VA

Site ID: 0205373422 Bottom Creek below Poor Mountain Road near Bent Mountain, VA

Site ID: 0205696042 Blackwater River above Maple Branch near Redwood, VA

Site ID: 0205696095 Blackwater River below Maple Branch near Redwood, VA

Site ID: 0201144558 Warwick Run above Lick Draft near Mill Gap, VA

Site ID: 0201144806 Warwick Run below Lick Draft Mill Gap, VA

Site ID: 02015729 Cowpasture River at Route 627 near Williamsville, VA

Site ID: 02015742 Cowpasture River at Route 678 near Green Valley, VA

Site ID: 02020246 Ramseys Draft at Route 716 near West Augusta, VA

Site ID: 02020258 Ramseys Draft at Route 629 near West Augusta, VA

Site ID: 0162246747 Buckhorn Creek above tributary near Lone Fountain, VA

Site ID: 0162246784 Buckhorn Creek above Route 250 near Lone Fountain, VA

Site ID: 01622459 Middle River at Route 721 near Churchville, VA

Site ID: 01622464 Middle River above Route 250 near Churchville, VA

Site ID: 0162588350 South Fork Back Creek at Route 814 near Sherando, VA

Site ID: 0162588440 South Fork Back Creek below Route 814 near Sherando, VA

Site ID: 0202848919 Spruce Creek above Route 151 near Nellysford, VA

Site ID: 0202848938 Spruce Creek at Route 627 near Nellysford, VA