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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: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Scenario-Based Assessments for Coastal Change Hazard Forecasts

A decade of USGS research on storm-driven coastal change hazards has provided the data and modeling capabilities needed to identify areas of our coastline that are likely to experience extreme and potentially hazardous erosion during an extreme storm.

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Forecasting Coastal Change

This project focuses on understanding the magnitude and variability of extreme storm impacts on sandy beaches. The overall objective is to improve real-time and scenario-based predictions of coastal change to support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety. 

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

The original national coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment was motivated by expected accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) and the uncertainty in the response of the coastline to SLR. This research was conducted between 1999 and 2001, and is currently being updated using new data sources and methodology. This original study was part of the ...

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this task include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

Date published: January 17, 2018
Status: Completed

Conowingo Dam Above 90 Percent Capacity For Sediment Storage

The Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River is at about 92 percent capacity for sediment storage according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Date published: January 17, 2018
Status: Active

USGS contributes Toward Assessment of Bay's Health and Restoration

The federal agencies leading the watershed-wide effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay have released a progress report highlighting work completed in the 2015 fiscal year.

Date published: January 12, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Summary—Vegetation traps nutrients and sediment in the flood plain of an urban stream in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Urbanization in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has increased stream discharge, the frequency of flood-plain inundation, and the transport of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment to streams and, ultimately, to the bay. Understanding the effects of the abundance, composition, and location of vegetation on flood-plain functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment trapping can...

Date published: January 12, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Summary—New digital map documents surficial-aquifer thickness in the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland and Delaware: Helping to understand the role of groundwater in delivering nitrogen to Chesapeake Bay

Nitrate, the major source of nitrogen in streams of the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay and the wider Delmarva Peninsula, is transported primarily in groundwater through the unconfined surficial aquifer. Understanding the subsurface processes that affect nitrate transport in this area has been hampered by a lack of regional information on the thickness of this aquifer.

Date published: October 21, 2017
Status: Active

Modeling summer month hydrological drought probabilities in the United States using antecedent flow conditions

Climate change raises concern that risks of hydrological drought may be increasing. We estimate hydrological drought probabilities for rivers and streams in the United States (U.S.) using maximum likelihood logistic regression (MLLR). Streamflow data from winter months are used to estimate the chance of hydrological drought during summer months. Daily streamflow data collected from 9,144...

Contacts: Samuel H Austin
Date published: October 8, 2017
Status: Active

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

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...

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Year Published: 2009

Simulation of Groundwater-Level and Salinity Changes in the Eastern Shore, Virginia

Groundwater-level and salinity changes have been simulated with a groundwater model developed and calibrated for the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Eastern Shore is the southern part of the Delmarva Peninsula that is occupied by Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia. Groundwater is the sole source of freshwater to the Eastern Shore, and...

Sanford, Ward E.; Pope, Jason P.; Nelms, David L.
Simulation of Groundwater-Level and Salinity Changes in the Eastern Shore, Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5066; Sanford, Ward E.; Pope, Jason P.; Nelms, David L.

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Continuous Turbidity Monitoring in the Indian Creek Watershed, Tazewell County, Virginia, 2006-08

Thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines are installed annually in the United States. These pipelines commonly cross streams, rivers, and other water bodies during pipeline construction. A major concern associated with pipelines crossing water bodies is increased sediment loading and the subsequent impact to the ecology of the aquatic system....

Moyer, Douglas; Hyer, Kenneth
Continuous Turbidity Monitoring in the Indian Creek Watershed, Tazewell County, Virginia, 2006-08; 2009; SIR; 2009-5085; Moyer, Douglas L.; Hyer, Kenneth E.

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Does mobility explain variation in colonisation and population recovery among stream fishes?

1. Colonisation and population recovery are crucial to species persistence in environmentally variable ecosystems, but are poorly understood processes. After documenting movement rates for several species of stream fish, we predicted that this variable would influence colonisation rates more strongly than local abundance, per cent occupancy, body...

Angermeier, Paul L.; Albanese, Brett; Peterson, James

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Annual Maximum Stages and Discharges of Selected Streams in Virginia through 2007

Annual maximum stages and discharges for continuous-record and partial-record streamflow-gaging stations in Virginia are summarized through the 2007 water year. Data are included for over 500 active and discontinued streamflow-gaging stations operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and other...

Austin, Samuel H.; Wiegand, Ute
Annual Maximum Stages and Discharges of Selected Streams in Virginia through 2007; 2009; OFR; 2009-1007; Austin, Samuel H.; Wiegand, Ute

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Geomorphology, stability and mobility of the Currituck slide

Over the last 100,000??years, the U.S. Atlantic continental margin has experienced various types of mass movements some of which are believed to have taken place at times of low sea level. At one of these times of low sea level a significant trigger caused a major submarine mass movement off the coast of Virginia: the Currituck slide which is...

Locat, J.; Lee, H.; ten Brink, Uri S.; Twichell, D.; Geist, E.; Sansoucy, M.
Geomorphology, stability and mobility of the Currituck slide; 2009; Article; Journal; Marine Geology; Locat, J.; Lee, H.; ten, Brink, U. S.; Twichell, D.; Geist, E.; Sansoucy, M.

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Year Published: 2008

Water-quality data at amphibian research sites in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, 2005-2007

Data on the chemical composition of water were collected at least once from 47 amphibian research sites in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, from 2005 through 2007. One hundred twenty-five water samples were collected from vernal pools and streams and analyzed as part of long-term monitoring projects of the U.S. Geological Survey Amphibian...

Rice, Karen C.
Water-Quality Data at Amphibian Research Sites in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, 2005-2007; 2008; OFR; 2008-1204; Rice, Karen C.

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Algal and Invertebrate Community Composition along Agricultural Gradients: A Comparative Study from Two Regions of the Eastern United States

Benthic algal and invertebrate communities in two Coastal Plain regions of the Eastern United States?the Delmarva Peninsula (27 sites) and Georgia Upper Coastal Plain (29 sites)?were assessed to determine if aspects of agricultural land use and nutrient conditions (dissolved and whole-water nitrogen and phosphorus) could be linked to biological...

Calhoun, Daniel L.; Gregory, M. Brian; Weyers, Holly S.
Algal and Invertebrate Community Composition along Agricultural Gradients: A Comparative Study from Two Regions of the Eastern United States; 2008; SIR; 2008-5046; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Gregory, M. Brian; Weyers, Holly S.

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Private Domestic-Well Characteristics and the Distribution of Domestic Withdrawals among Aquifers in the Virginia Coastal Plain

A comprehensive analysis of private domestic wells and self-supplied domestic ground-water withdrawals in the Coastal Plain Physiographic Province of Virginia indicates that the magnitudes of these withdrawals and their effects on local and regional ground-water flow are larger and more important than previous reports have stated. Self-supplied...

Pope, Jason P.; McFarland, Randolph E.; Banks, R. Brent
Private Domestic-Well Characteristics and the Distribution of Domestic Withdrawals among Aquifers in the Virginia Coastal Plain; 2008; SIR; 2007-5250; Pope, Jason P.; McFarland, E. Randolph; Banks, R. Brent

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Escherichia coli Concentrations in Recreational Streams and Backcountry Drinking-Water Supplies in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 2005-2006

Although fecal contamination of streams is a problem of national scope, few investigations have been directed at relatively pristine streams in forested basins in national parks. With approximately 1.8 million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is subject to extensive recreational use. The effects of these visitors and their...

Hyer, Kenneth
Escherichia coli Concentrations in Recreational Streams and Backcountry Drinking-Water Supplies in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 2005-2006; 2007; SIR; 2007-5160; Hyer, Kenneth E.

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Acid rain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Visitors to Shenandoah National Park (SNP) enjoy the animal and plant life and the scenery but may not realize how vulnerable these features are to various threats, such as invasion of exotic plants and insects, improper use of park resources by humans, and air and water pollution. The National Park Service strives to protect natural resources...

Rice, Karen C.; Deviney, Frank A.; Olson, Gordon
Acid rain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; 2007; FS; 2007-3057; Rice, Karen C.; Deviney, Frank A., Jr.; Olson, Gordon

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Year Published: 2007

Development of relations of stream stage to channel geometry and discharge for stream segments simulated with Hydrologic Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF), Chesapeake Bay Watershed and adjacent parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VADCR), and University of Maryland (UMD) are collaborating to improve the...

Moyer, Douglas; Bennett, Mark
Development of Relations of Stream Stage to Channel Geometry and Discharge for Stream Segments Simulated with Hydrologic Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF), Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Adjacent Parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; 2007; SIR; 2007-5135; Moyer, Douglas L.; Bennett, Mark R.

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Processes Affecting Phosphorus and Copper Concentrations and Their Relation to Algal Growth in Two Supply Reservoirs in the Lower Coastal Plain of Virginia, 2002-2003, and Implications for Alternative Management Strategies

Elevated phosphorus concentrations commonly promote excessive growth of algae in waters nationwide. When such waters are used for public supply, the algae can plug filters during treatment and impart tastes and odors to the finished water. This increases treatment costs and results in finished water that may not be of the quality desired for...

Speiran, Gary K.; Simon, Nancy S.; Mood-Brown, Maria L.
Processes Affecting Phosphorus and Copper Concentrations and Their Relation to Algal Growth in Two Supply Reservoirs in the Lower Coastal Plain of Virginia, 2002-2003, and Implications for Alternative Management Strategies; 2007; SIR; 2006-5277; Speiran, Gary K.; Simon, Nancy S.; Mood-Brown, Maria L.

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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.

White Heron in Marsh
June 30, 2017

White Heron in Marsh

A white heron flying across a marsh in York County, Virginia.

A flying insect on lakeshore grasses.
June 30, 2017

A flying insect on lakeshore grasses

A flying insect perched on lakeshore grasses, Albemarle County, Virginia.

June 29, 2017

USGS Instagram Story: Science Camp

A USGS Instagram Story (@USGS on Instagram) about kids at Science Camp 2017 learning about topographic maps and why they're important. 

A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.
June 28, 2017

FBGC Lab - Core Scanning

A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.

A team of scientists prepares to board their core collecting platform
June 28, 2017

Nomini Bay, VA

A team of scientists prepare to collect cores from the Nomini Bay, VA.

King Creek in York County, Virginia
June 27, 2017

King Creek in York County, Virginia

A panoramic photo of King Creek near the Colonial Parkway in York County, Virginia.

York River in York County, Virginia
June 27, 2017

York River in York County, Virginia

The York River, looking across the bridge to York, Virginia.

A lab technician swirls samples in a watch glass to assist in extracting pollen
June 27, 2017

Pollen Lab, FBGC

Tom Sheehan, a lab technician at the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, swirls a sample in a watch glass to assist in separating pollen from heavier mineral material.

Young Boy Fishing
June 24, 2017

Young Boy Fishing

A young boy fishing in a lake in Albemarle County, Virginia.

June 1, 2017

TopoView - A look at version 2.1

A tutorial by USGS scientist and topoView developer Chris Garrity demonstrating how to use topoView version 2.1. TopoView let's you access and download maps free of charge from the USGS's Historical Topographic Map Collection, published between 1884 and 2006. 

Resources:
An Introduction to TopoView (version 1.0)

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USGS
September 4, 2012

RESTON, Va. – Earthquakes in the Eastern United States and the seismic hazard the region faces is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

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August 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 23, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the M5.8 earthquake that was centered in Louisa County, Virginia.  To commemorate the event, Virginia, Maryland, and DC officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Park Service (NPS) to hold a press conference at the Washington Monument

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July 31, 2012

Shenandoah National Park, Va. – American eels are declining across their range but are showing indications of a population revival following the removal of a large dam in Virginia.

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July 30, 2012

RESTON, Va. – 2011's epic floods, which devastated portions of the central, East, and northeastern U.S. and set numerous high water records in the process, are the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va.  

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July 10, 2012

MINERAL, Va. –Residents of Louisa, Goochland and Fluvanna counties may notice a low-flying airplane over the area the next 11 days as scientists from the U.S. Geological Surveymap the underground faults responsible for the region’s Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake. 

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July 9, 2012

RESTON, Va. – Giant pythons and flying carp -- two high-profile invasive species with the potential to wreak havoc on their individual ecosystems -- are the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

USGS
June 20, 2012

Using a geology-based assessment method, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean undiscovered natural gas resource of 3.9 trillion cubic feet and a mean undiscovered natural gas liquids resource of 135 million barrels in continuous accumulations within five East Coast Mesozoic basins, according to a new USGS report.  

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June 4, 2012

RESTON, Va.— Mount Katmai's 1912 eruption in Alaska, which was 30 times larger than the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

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April 30, 2012

Wednesday Lecture Addresses Change and How You Can Help
 

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October 31, 2011

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Louisa County, Va., Aug. 23 -- likely felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history – is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va. 

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September 8, 2011

SGS scientist Vicki Blazer received the American Fisheries Society 2010 Publications Award for her article investigating the mortality of fish in the Potomac River basin. Blazer, a fish biologist at the Leetown Science Center, received the award at the AFS 141st Annual Meeting in Seattle on Sept. 6. 

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August 26, 2011

The USGS has a backup plan to ensure that emergency managers will continue to have quick access to vital water information for flood warnings and evaluation notices, even as Hurricane Irene threatens a critical communications hub at Wallops Island, Va., near Virginia Beach. 

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