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Virginia

Virginia has a total area of 42,774.2 square miles, including 3,180.13 square miles of water, making it the 35th-largest state by area. The Chesapeake Bay separates the contiguous portion of the Commonwealth from the two-county peninsula of its Eastern Shore. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 261-2600
Fax: (804) 261-2657

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Date published: December 21, 2010

Bedford County Water Monitoring Network

Bedford County consists of 764 square miles in the west-central portion of Virginia's central plateau. Its boundaries include the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west, the James River on the northeast and Smith Mountain Lake on the south, and Campbell County on the east. The area has a rolling to hilly terrain with elevations from 800 feet to 4,200 feet above sea level. The County contains the...

Contacts: Kurt McCoy
Date published: October 25, 2010

Virginia Chloride Monitoring Network

Objectives of the program are to (1) evaluate the spatial and temporal distribution of chloride concentrations in the aquifers, (2) evaluate the factors that affect the spatial and temporal distributions of chloride, and (3) assess the potential for upconing or lateral intrusion of saline water in the aquifers.

Date published: August 24, 2010
Status: Active

Virginia Coastal Plain Aquifer Analysis

Groundwater is a heavily used source of water in the Virginia Coastal Plain. Long term and widespread groundwater withdrawals have resulted in regional water-level declines, and created the potential for saltwater intrusion. Sound management of this vital resource relies on continual improvement of the scientific understanding of the aquifer system.

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Date published: May 25, 2010

South River Mercury TMDL

The objective of the South River Mercury TMDL study is to develop a better understanding of methyl mercury cycling in the South River and calculate mercury loading reductions that would protect fish from high mercury concentrations.

Date published: March 31, 2010

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring for the Roanoke River Flood Reduction Project

This project:

- Initiates a continuous water-quality monitoring study for the Roanoke River in the area upstream and downstream of the RRFRP project area. 
- Provides a mechanism for detecting short- and long-term changes in Roanoke River suspended sediment water quality during and after the RRFRP implementation.
- Assesses trends in suspended sediment water quality in this...

Date published: March 31, 2010

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring in Indian Creek

The primary objective of the USGS monitoring effort will be to identify whether the construction of the Indian Creek pipeline crossings will adversely impact the sediment water quality in Indian Creek. To accomplish this goal, continuous real-time water-quality monitoring will be the primary focus of the effort.

Contacts: John D Jastram
Date published: March 31, 2010

Roanoke River Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District and the City of Roanoke, Virginia began construction of a congressionally authorized Roanoke River Flood Reduction Project (RRFRP) in 2005. RRFRP implementation activities include: construction activities, stream bank vegetation changes, and floodplain geometry changes which are occurring in a complicated urban river system. These...

Date published: March 31, 2010

Virginia Bankfull Regional Curves Project

Properly developed regional curves for a specific hydro-physiographic province are an invaluable tool for stream restoration design. Development of regional curves specifically for physiographic provinces of Virginia will enhance the ability to develop successful natural channel designs based on climatic, geologic, and hydrologic characteristics of specific regions of the state.

Contacts: Jennifer L Rapp
Date published: August 19, 2008

Warren County Non-Carbonate Aquifer Appraisal

The non-carbonate aquifer system is present over an extensive region of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and is increasingly being relied upon to supply water to local communities. This is an area with an expanding economy and a growing population, and, to meet future water needs, this aquifer is likely to be developed to supplement current withdrawals from both the carbonate aquifer system and...

Date published: January 16, 2008
Status: Active

USGS summarizes information about the Chesapeake Bay and implications for ecosystem management (USGS Circular 1316)

The USGS released the Circular 1316: “Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management”

Date published: September 30, 2007
Status: Active

Clark County Aquifer Appraisal

The objective of this study is to better characterize the aquifer systems in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and provide relevant hydrogeologic information that can be used to guide the development and management of these water resources in Clarke County.

Date published: July 22, 2007

Virginia Coastal Plain GIS Project

The USGS, with cooperation from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, is involved in several related and on-going regional projects directed at better characterization of this important resource. The large amount of information needed for these projects requires the development and integration of a Geographic Information System (...

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Building housing the USGS Franklin extensometer.
February 2, 2016

Building housing the USGS Franklin extensometer

Building housing the USGS Franklin extensometer.

Researchers Spears staff an “Earthquakes in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone” information booth
August 9, 2015

Earthquakes in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone Information Booth

USGS Research Geologists Mark Carter and Wright Horton (right to left) and Virginia State Geologist David Spears staff an “Earthquakes in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone” information booth at the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Louisa County, Virginia High School on 9 August 2015.  The old high school building was damaged beyond repair during the 2011 M5.8

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USGS Hydrologist surveys Large Woody Debris on the Roanoke River, VA
July 22, 2015

USGS Hydrologist surveys Large Woody Debris on the Roanoke River, VA

USGS Hydrologist Adam Benthem surveys Large Woody Debris (LWD) on the Roanoke River, VA. Little is known about the transport, fate, and impacts on water quality of LWD which provide unique and critical habitat for many species. USGS employees monitor the river conditions to better understand these isolated

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Attribution: Water Resources
June 22, 2015

CRAVe: Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability

This webinar was conducted as a a part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, hosted by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the FWS National Conservation Training Center. The Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe) is a new web-based community resource that houses information on assessments of the

Two Mobile Fish Exposure Laboratories with Inset Showing the Inside of One
May 23, 2015

Mobile Laboratories Used to Understand Exposure and Effects on Fish

Scientists deployed mobile fish exposure laboratories, such as these two, at sites in the Shenandoah River watershed, Virginia, to understand exposure and effects on fish. Inside the laboratories (see inset photo) fish were placed in aquariums, and exposed to stream water or wastewater during the study.

James River Tidal Survey
April 29, 2015

James River Tidal Survey

james River Tidal Survey

USGS Scientist Adam Mumford WBS Sampling Under Ice
February 11, 2015

WBS Sampling Under Ice

Icy Sampling
RML scientist, Adam Mumford, working under ice to obtain grab samples of a stream in North Dakota to assess impacts of a brine spill from unconventional oil and gas activities (UOG). UOG spills often have very high concentrations of salts, metals, naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs), and organic compounds. 

Attribution: Water Resources
An outcrop-scale brittle fault exposed on the shore of Lake Anna in the vicinity of the Dominion North Anna Power Plant.
December 31, 2014

Outcrop-Scale Brittle Fault, Lake Anna

An outcrop-scale brittle fault exposed on the shore of Lake Anna in the vicinity of the Dominion North Anna Power Plant.  The fault offsets a pegmatite dike within biotite granitic gneiss by about 1 meter, in a reserve (top-to-east) sense-of-motion.  The small fault is oriented 235°, with a dip of 30° to the northwest (view is to south in this photograph).  

USGS Collaborators Mary sample sediment from a high-level terrace deposit about 200 feet above the James River, VA
December 31, 2014

Sampling Sediment from a Terrace Deposit Above the James River, VA

USGS Collaborators from Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources and College of William and Mary sample sediment from a high-level terrace deposit about 200 feet above the James River in Cumberland County, Virginia, for age dating using the terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides (TCN) method.  This work was a collaborative effort between the Virginia Department of Mines

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Image: Duck Blind in New Virginia Cove
November 15, 2014

Duck Blind in New Virginia Cove

A duck blind in New Virginia Cove, part of Chincoteague Island. The salt marshes that make up Chincoteague Island are important habitat for migrating waterfowl.

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October 13, 2014

Earthquake Tips from Virginia Students

Tens of millions of people were startled by the sudden ground shaking from a rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake in central Virginia in August of 2011. Just this school year, there were celebrations for the re-opening of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Louisa County, right at the earthquake's epicenter. In this video, students discuss their experiences, school officials

Water Quality at Fairfax
August 26, 2014

Water Quality at Fairfax

Water quality monitoring in Fairfax county

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USGS science for a changing world logo
January 13, 2006

Following three months of around-the-clock work, the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Deep Drilling Project successfully completed its operations, extracting more than a mile long segment of rocks and sediments from the Earth. On Dec. 4, the drill bit reached a final depth of 5,795 ft (1.1 miles, 1.77 kilometers) within the structure of the crater.

USGS science for a changing world logo
December 6, 2005

Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host a special ceremony to recognize employees who played a significant role on the 2005 USGS Storm Response Team and in the rescue, relief, and science efforts during and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to a science symposium that will cover the impacts of these events.

USGS
December 6, 2005

Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host a special ceremony to recognize employees who played a significant role on the 2005 USGS Storm Response Team and in the rescue, relief, and science efforts during and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to a science symposium that will cover the impacts of these events.

USGS
September 15, 2005

The USGS announced today (Sept. 15, 2005) that the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be located in the city of Denver. The NGTOC will consolidate the functions and operations currently performed in four USGS mapping centers (Menlo Park, Calif.; Rolla, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; and Reston, Va.) and other distributed sites to one location.

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August 2, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey fisheries biologists in Gainesville, Fla., have confirmed the presence of the voracious non-native northern snakehead fish in Meadow Lake in Queens, N.Y. Five specimens have been collected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from the lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park since early July.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 25, 2005

 

Reston, VA – More Americans are at risk from being severely impacted by natural hazards now than any other time in our nation’s history.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 15, 2005

Reston, VA – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on April 18 will host Chesterbrook Academy middle school students as a way to celebrate Earth Day. The students will receive hands-on demonstrations by USGS employees, including the release of frogs in Nolan Pond in Reston, Va.

USGS
April 15, 2005

Reston, VA – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on April 18 will host Chesterbrook Academy middle school students as a way to celebrate Earth Day. The students will receive hands-on demonstrations by USGS employees, including the release of frogs in Nolan Pond in Reston, Va.

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March 16, 2005

 

Policy makers and scientists will meet March 16-19 at the 70th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. This meeting gets to the heart of wildlife and natural resource concerns in North America. 

USGS
March 16, 2005

Policy makers and scientists will meet March 16-19 at the 70th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

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March 14, 2005

The value of U.S. non-fuel mine production rose last year to $44 billion – a 12 percent increase from 2003 and the largest year-to-year increase since 1988, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced today.

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December 6, 2004

USGS Director Chip Groat is available for interviews on Dec. 6-7. Please call the contact, above. Groat will present Science for Ecosystem Restoration on Mon, Dec. 6 from 2:20-2:50pm.

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 261-2600
Fax: (804) 261-2657

VA WV Water