Unified Interior Regions

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

VA WV Water

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Date published: July 16, 2018
Status: Active

The health of maritime forests in three Mid-Atlantic National Seashores

The 2017 Work Plan for the National Resources Protection Program (NRPP) project on Fire Island, Sandy Hook, and Assateague includes a description of the issues and implications; description of the methods; and summary of the 2017 tasks, including site selection, well and instrumentation installation, and monitoring groundwater levels, temperature, and specific conductance.

Date published: June 15, 2018
Status: Active

Palynology Laboratory

In this lab, we specialize in extracting pollen palynomorphs from geologic field samples. We also assist our center's scientists with outreach programs to educate students and inform policy makers as to the importance of our science. 

Date published: June 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Hurricane Matthew: Flood Resources and Tools

During and after Hurricane Matthew, the USGS made flood-flow measurements, maintained streamgages, deployed over 390 instruments, and developed geospatial products to measure and communicate the extent of coastal and inland flooding.

Date published: June 11, 2018
Status: Active

Collecting Ecological Data and Models of Living Shoreline Restoration Projects

Developing effective living shoreline restoration projects that can withstand hurricanes and storms requires a better understanding of how restoration structures reduce the impact of wave and current energy on marsh edges in estuaries and bays. Without this knowledge, existing living shoreline projects and adaptive management measures are more likely to fail, decreasing the possibility for...

Date published: May 7, 2018
Status: Active

Monitoring Land-Surface Deformation in the Virginia Coastal Plain

Land-surface deformation in eastern Virginia is being monitored to evaluate effects of groundwater pumping and wastewater injection on land-surface movement and relative sea-level rise.

Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Date published: April 15, 2018
Status: Active

The National Geologic Map Database - NGMDB

The National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) is a distributed archive of geoscience information for the Nation. It was mandated by the Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 and is cooperatively built and maintained by the USGS and State Geological Surveys. We welcome you to explore the archive, view the maps, and help us to...

Date published: April 2, 2018
Status: Completed

Heavy-Mineral Sand Resources in the Southeastern U.S.

We are assessing the extent of industrial mineral resources hosted by heavy-mineral sands in the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. “Heavy-mineral sands" (HMS) is a term commonly used in industry and geologic literature to describe layered sediments deposited in coastal environments that contain dense (“heavy") minerals of economic value. The heavy minerals extracted from these...

Date published: March 16, 2018
Status: Completed

Hurricane Sandy Response - Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment

This project integrated a wetland assessment with existing coastal-change hazard assessments for the adjacent dunes and beaches of Assateague Island, Maryland, to create a more comprehensive coastal vulnerability assessment. 

Date published: March 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Shoreline Changes and Impacts to Natural Resources in Chesapeake Bay

This project aims to improve our understanding of the impacts of shoreline hardening on aquatic ecosystems.

Date published: February 2, 2018
Status: Active

Monitoring the Shenandoah salamander in Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah) is a federally endangered species found only within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  This terrestrial salamander is isolated to approximately 6 km² of dry talus slopes at high elevations in the park.  Results of previous research suggest that P. shenandoah is competitively excluded to suboptimal talus...

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Year Published: 2011

Low-flow characteristics of Virginia streams

Low-flow annual non-exceedance probabilities (ANEP), called probability-percent chance (P-percent chance) flow estimates, regional regression equations, and transfer methods are provided describing the low-flow characteristics of Virginia streams. Statistical methods are used to evaluate streamflow data. Analysis of Virginia streamflow data...

Austin, Samuel H.; Krstolic, Jennifer L.; Wiegand, Ute
Low-flow characteristics of Virginia streams; 2011; SIR; 2011-5143; Austin, Samuel H.; Krstolic, Jennifer L.; Wiegand, Ute

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Year Published: 2011

Simulated changes in salinity in the York and Chickahominy Rivers from projected sea-level rise in Chesapeake Bay

As a result of climate change and variability, sea level is rising throughout the world, but the rate along the east coast of the United States is higher than the global mean rate. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Newport News, Virginia, conducted a study to evaluate the effects of possible future sea-level rise on the...

Rice, Karen C.; Bennett, Mark; Shen, Jian
Simulated changes in salinity in the York and Chickahominy Rivers from projected sea-level rise in Chesapeake Bay; 2011; OFR; 2011-1191; Rice, Karen C.; Bennett, Mark R.; Shen, Jian

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The concept of geologic carbon sequestration

Duncan, Douglas W.; Morrissey, Eric A.
The concept of geologic carbon sequestration; 2011; FS; 2010-3122; Duncan, Douglas W.; Morrissey, Eric A.

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Year Published: 2010

Outdoor water use and water conservation opportunities in Virginia Beach, Virginia

How much water do you use to water your lawn, wash your car, or fill your swimming pool? Your answers to these questions have important implications for water supplies in the City of Virginia Beach. To help find the answers, the City cooperated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Old Dominion University to learn more about seasonal outdoor...

Eggleston, John R.
Outdoor water use and water conservation opportunities in Virginia Beach, Virginia; 2010; FS; 2010-3007; Eggleston, John R.

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Year Published: 2010

Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Availability in the Metamorphic and Siliciclastic Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems of Warren County, Virginia

Expanding development and the prolonged drought from 1999 to 2002 drew attention to the quantity and sustainability of the groundwater resources in Warren County, Virginia. The groundwater flow systems of the county are complex and are controlled by the extremely folded and faulted geology that underlies the county. A study was conducted between...

Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M.
Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Availability in the Metamorphic and Siliciclastic Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems of Warren County, Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5190; Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M., Jr.

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Seasonal meso- and microhabitat selection by the northern snakehead (Channa argus) in the Potomac river system

 The northern snakehead (Channa argus) is a large piscivorous fish that is invasive in eastern Europe and has recently been introduced in North America. We examined the seasonal habitat selection at meso- and microhabitat scales using radio-telemetry to increase understanding of the ecology of this species, which will help to inform...

Lapointe, N.W.R.; Thorson, J.T.; Angermeier, P.L.

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Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clarke County, Virginia

The prolonged drought between 1999 and 2002 drew attention in Clarke County, Virginia, to the quantity and sustainability of its groundwater resources. The groundwater flow systems of the county are complex and are controlled by the extremely folded and faulted geology that underlies the county. A study was conducted between October 2002 and...

Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M.
Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clarke County, Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5112; Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M. Jr.

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Individual growth and reproductive behavior in a newly established population of northern snakehead (Channa argus), Potomac River, USA

Northern snakehead (Channa argus) were first found in the Potomac River in 2004. In 2007, we documented feeding and reproductive behavior to better understand how this species is performing in this novel environment. From April to October, we used electrofishing surveys to collect data on growth, condition, and gonad weight of adult fish. Growth...

Landis, Andrew M. Gascho; Lapointe, Nicolas W. R.; Angermeier, Paul L.

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Year Published: 2010

Groundwater-quality data and regional trends in the Virginia Coastal Plain, 1906-2007

A newly developed regional perspective of the hydrogeology of the Virginia Coastal Plain incorporates updated information on groundwater quality in the area. Local-scale groundwater-quality information is provided by a comprehensive dataset compiled from multiple Federal and State agency databases. Groundwater-sample chemical-constituent values...

McFarland, Randolph E.
Groundwater-quality data and regional trends in the Virginia Coastal Plain, 1906-2007; 2010; PP; 1772; Mcfarland, E. Randolph

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Year Published: 2009

Mercury Loads in the South River and Simulation of Mercury Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the South River, South Fork Shenandoah River, and Shenandoah River: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Due to elevated levels of methylmercury in fish, three streams in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia have been placed on the State's 303d list of contaminated waters. These streams, the South River, the South Fork Shenandoah River, and parts of the Shenandoah River, are downstream from the city of Waynesboro, where mercury waste was discharged from...

Eggleston, Jack
Mercury Loads in the South River and Simulation of Mercury Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the South River, South Fork Shenandoah River, and Shenandoah River: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5076; Eggleston, Jack

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Regional Curves of Bankfull Channel Geometry for Non-Urban Streams in the Piedmont Physiographic Province, Virginia

Natural-channel design involves constructing a stream channel with the dimensions, slope, and plan-view pattern that would be expected to transport water and sediment and yet maintain habitat and aesthetics consistent with unimpaired stream segments, or reaches. Regression relations for bankfull stream characteristics based on drainage area,...

Lotspeich, R. Russell
Regional Curves of Bankfull Channel Geometry for Non-Urban Streams in the Piedmont Physiographic Province, Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5206; Lotspeich, R. Russell

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A Comparison of Turbidity-Based and Streamflow-Based Estimates of Suspended-Sediment Concentrations in Three Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

Fluvial transport of sediment into the Chesapeake Bay estuary is a persistent water-quality issue with major implications for the overall health of the bay ecosystem. Accurately and precisely estimating the suspended-sediment concentrations (SSC) and loads that are delivered to the bay, however, remains challenging. Although manual sampling of SSC...

Jastram, John D.; Moyer, Douglas; Hyer, Kenneth
A Comparison of Turbidity-Based and Streamflow-Based Estimates of Suspended-Sediment Concentrations in Three Chesapeake Bay Tributaries; 2009; SIR; 2009-5165; Jastram, John D.; Moyer, Douglas L.; Hyer, Kenneth E.

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Occupying a benchmark
December 31, 2017

Occupying a Hampton Roads Benchmark

Occupying a surveying benchmark.

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring: R10-bipod.
December 31, 2017

R10-bipod.

Occupying a surveying benchmark.

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring: Occupying a Benchmark
December 31, 2017

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring: Occupying a Benchmark

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring: Occupying a Benchmark

Cowpasture River
December 31, 2017

Cowpasture River

A photo of the Cowpasture River in Virignia.

Roanoke River Valley
December 31, 2017

Roanoke River Valley

A photo of the Roanoke River Valley at Sunset.

Cowpasture river looking downstream
December 31, 2017

Cowpasture river looking downstream.

Looking downstream along the cowpasture river.

Cowpasture river monitoring at Route 627 near Williamsville, VA
December 31, 2017

Cowpasture river monitoring at Route 627 near Williamsville, VA

Cowpasture river monitoring at Route 627 near Williamsville, VA

September 30, 2017

USGS Hurricane Preparedness

Before a hurricane, USGS Scientists undertake a data collection effort of a grand scale. They install a temporary mobile network of sensors along the coasts to collect additional data on the intensity of storm surge, one of the most dangerous elements of a hurricane. This effort provides critical information that allows various USGS partners and emergency responders to

July 28, 2017

Churn Operation

Training video demonstrating proper water quality churn operation.
 

Virginia Water Science Center Office
July 20, 2017

Virginia Science Office

Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center: Virginia Science Office, Richmond.

View of York River and Bridge, York County Virginia, July, 2017.
July 8, 2017

A View of the York River and Bridge, York County Virginia, July, 2017.

A View of the York River and Bridge, York County Virginia, July, 2017.

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Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014.
May 14, 2014

Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

USGS
April 9, 2014

Oyster aquaculture in the Potomac River estuary could result in significant improvements to water quality, according to a new NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry.

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January 8, 2014

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Virginia Tech will install a 20-station seismic network in the central Virginia area beginning Jan. 8. The new sensors – each about the size of a soda can – will provide information to help the researchers study the background seismicity in the area and any continuing aftershocks of the Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake near Louisa and Mineral, Va.

USGS
August 13, 2013

A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass has now been identified in otherwise apparently healthy northern snakeheads taken from two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia, the U.S. Geological Survey announced today. 

USGS
July 30, 2013

Newly designed maps covering Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are now available online for free download

USGS
March 13, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey in Reston is cancelling its participation in the annual science camp it hosts in partnership with the Reston Association and closing its visitors center as part of its implementation of the sequester.

USGS
March 1, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey is cancelling its March 6 public lecture, "Space Weather and Magnetic Storms," due to travel restrictions the agency has implemented in preparation for the potential sequestration.

USGS
December 4, 2012

Reston, Va. – Offshore wind energy development and migratory birds is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, December 5, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

 

USGS
November 6, 2012

RESTON, Va. – Why certain lands produce better food and wine than others is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

USGS
October 15, 2012

Reston, Va.—Are you prepared for future earthquakes? Earthquake experts from the USGS and FEMA will be with students at Langston Hughes Middle School as they participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 18, 2012.

USGS
September 24, 2012

Imagine if doctors had time to stop delicate procedures before an earthquake. And if emergency responders had a few extra moments to gear up, airplane landings could be postponed, trains slowed, and people could move to safer locations. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are helping provide critical seconds of notification through an earthquake early warning system in the United States.

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