Unified Interior Regions

West Virginia

West Virginia is located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States and is the 41st largest by area and the 38th most populous of the 50 United States. The state is noted for its mountains, as well as its historic logging and coal mining industries, It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

11 Dunbar Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 347-5130
Fax: (304) 347-5133

VA WV Water

Leetown Science Center

Leetown Science Center

11649 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430

Phone: 304 724-4400

Leetown SC

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Date published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Nocturnal Bird Migration through the Central Appalachians

The Challenge: Concerns have arisen about the potential impacts of wind power development in the Appalachians on migrating birds, creating a critical need for information on their distribution and flight characteristics as they pass through the region. This study focuses on the spatial and temporal distribution of nocturnally migrating birds in the Central Appalachians (MD, VA, WV). The...

Contacts: Deanna Dawson
Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

Date published: July 5, 2016
Status: Active

Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration

Federal investments in ecosystem restoration projects protect Federal trusts, ensure public health and safety, and preserve and enhance essential ecosystem services. These investments also generate business activity and create jobs. However, limited information exists on the costs and associated economic impacts of ecosystem restoration projects due to the complexity of the “restoration...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Fate and Effects of Wastes from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

This study is assessing the environmental health risks associated with wastes from unconventional oil and gas development by characterizing waste materials, identifying potential environmental pathways, and evaluating the potential effects on organisms from exposure to unintended waste releases.

Date published: April 14, 2016

Flood Science- Northeast Region Capability Team

One of the critical roles that USGS personnel play in their day-to-day activities is to respond in a timely and professional manner to floods that can occur at any time of the year and for a variety of reasons. The Flood Science Capability Team examines the cause and effect...

Date published: June 2, 2014
Status: Completed

USGS Expands Studies of Brook Trout

The USGS has established an experimental stream lab in the Leetown Science Center. 

Date published: January 16, 2013
Status: Completed

EPA, USGS, with USFWS Release New Report on the Extent and Severity of Toxic Contaminants in the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed

Report summarizing existing information on the extent and severity of the occurrence of toxic contaminants in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

Contacts: Scott Phillips
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”

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Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

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Discovery of ammocrypta clara (western sand darter) in the Upper Ohio River of West Virginia

Ammocrypta clara Jordan and Meek (western sand darter) occurs primarily in the western portions of Mississippi River system, but also has been reported from a Lake Michigan drainage and a few eastern Texas Gulf Slope rivers. Additional range records depict a semi-disjunct distribution within the Ohio River drainage, including collections from...

Cincotta, Dan A.; Welsh, Stuart A.
Discovery of ammocrypta clara (western sand darter) in the upper Ohio river of West Virginia; 2010; Article; Journal; American Midland Naturalist; Cincotta, D. A.; Welsh, S. A.

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Regional Curves for Bankfull Channel Characteristics in the Appalachian Plateaus, West Virginia

Streams in the Appalachian Plateaus Physiographic Province in West Virginia were classified as a single region on the basis of bankfull characteristics. Regression lines for annual peak flow and drainage area measured at streamgages in the study area at recurrence intervals between 1.2 and 1.7 years fell within the 99-percent confidence interval...

Messinger, Terence
Regional Curves for Bankfull Channel Characteristics in the Appalachian Plateaus, West Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5242; Messinger, Terence

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Summary of West Virginia Water-Resource Data through September 2008

The West Virginia Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with State and Federal agencies, obtains a large amount of data pertaining to the water resources of West Virginia each water year. A water year is the 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30. These data, accumulated during many years,...

Evaldi, R.D.; Ward, S.M.; White, J.S.
Summary of West Virginia Water-Resource Data through September 2008; 2009; OFR; 2009-1199; Evaldi, R. D.; Ward, S. M.; White, J. S.

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West Virginia crayfishes (Decapoda: Cambaridae): observations on distribution, natural history, and conservation

West Virginia's crayfishes have received moderate attention since publication of Jezerinac et al.'s (1995) monograph of the state fauna. Survey efforts were initiated over the summers of 2006 and 2007 to gather voucher material for the Indiana Biological Survey's Crustacean Collection. These collections have provided new information regarding the...

Loughman, Zachary J.; Simon, Thomas P.; Welsh, Stuart A.

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Recovery distances of nestling Bald Eagles banded in Florida and implications for natal dispersal and philopatry

I used band recovery data to examine distances between banding and recovery locations for 154 nestling Florida Bald Eagles and discuss the implications for understanding natal dispersal and philopatry in this species. Band recoveries occurred in 23 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces between 1931–2005. Recovery distance from the natal...

Wood, Petra Bohall

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Generalized Skew Coefficients of Annual Peak Flows for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia

Generalized skew was determined from analysis of records from 147 streamflow-gaging stations in or near West Virginia. The analysis followed guidelines established by the Interagency Advisory Committee on Water Data described in Bulletin 17B, except that stations having 50 or more years of record were used instead of stations with the less...

Atkins, John T.; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Paybins, Katherine S.
Generalized Skew Coefficients of Annual Peak Flows for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia; 2009; OFR; 2008-1304; Atkins, John T., Jr.; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Paybins, Katherine S.

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Effects of highway construction on stream water quality and macroinvertebrate condition in a mid-Atlantic highlands watershed, USA

Refining best management practices (BMPs) for future highway construction depends on a comprehensive understanding of environmental impacts from current construction methods. Based on a before-after-control impact (BACI) experimental design, long-term stream monitoring (1997–2006) was conducted at upstream (as control, n = 3) and...

Welsh, Stuart A.; Chen, Yushun; Viadero, Stuart C.; Wei, Xinchao; Hedrick, Lara B.; Anderson, James T.; Lin, Lian-Shin

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Estimating Selected Streamflow Statistics Representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia

Regional equations and procedures were developed for estimating 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 2-year; 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 5-year; and 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 10-year hydrologically based low-flow frequency values for unregulated streams in West Virginia. Regional equations and procedures also were developed for estimating the 1-day, 3-...

Wiley, Jeffrey B.
Estimating Selected Streamflow Statistics Representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia; 2008; SIR; 2008-5105; Wiley, Jeffrey B.

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Basin Characteristics for Selected Streamflow-Gaging Stations In and Near West Virginia

Basin characteristics have long been used to develop equations describing streamflow. In the past, flow equations used in West Virginia were based on a few hand-calculated basin characteristics. More recently, the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to generate basin characteristics from existing datasets has refined the process for...

Paybins, Katherine S.
Basin Characteristics for Selected Streamflow-Gaging Stations In and Near West Virginia; 2008; OFR; 2008-1087; Paybins, Katherine S.

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Hydrogeology and water quality of the Leetown area, West Virginia

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Leetown Science Center and the co-located U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture both depend on large volumes of cold clean ground water to support research operations at their facilities. Currently, ground-water demands are provided by three springs and two standby...

Kozar, Mark D.; McCoy, Kurt J.; Weary, David J.; Field, Malcolm S.; Pierce, Herbert A.; Schill, William Bane; Young, John A.
Hydrogeology and water quality of the Leetown area, West Virginia; 2008; OFR; 2007-1358; Kozar, Mark D.; McCoy, Kurt J.; Weary, David J.; Field, Malcolm S.; Pierce, Herbert A.; Schill, William Bane; Young, John A.

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Year Published: 2007

Presumptive Sources of Fecal Contamination in Four Tributaries to the New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, 2004

Several methods were used to determine the sources of fecal contamination in water samples collected during September and October 2004 from four tributaries to the New River Gorge National River -- Arbuckle Creek, Dunloup Creek, Keeney Creek, and Wolf Creek. All four tributaries historically have had elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. The...

Mathes, Melvin V.; O'Brien, Tara L.; Strickler, Kriston M.; Hardy, Joshua J.; Schill, William B.; Lukasik, Jerzy; Scott, Troy M.; Bailey, David E.; Fenger, Terry L.
Presumptive Sources of Fecal Contamination in Four Tributaries to the New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, 2004; 2007; OFR; 2007-1107; Mathes, Melvin V.; O'Brien, Tara L.; Strickler, Kriston M.; Hardy, Joshua J.; Schill, William B.; Lukasik, Jerzy; Scott, Troy M.; Bailey, David E.; Fenger, Terry L.

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Hydrogeologic Setting and Ground-Water Flow in the Leetown Area, West Virginia

The Leetown Science Center is a research facility operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that occupies approximately 455-acres near Kearneysville, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Aquatic and fish research conducted at the Center requires adequate supplies of high-quality, cold ground water. Three large springs and three production wells currently...

Kozar, Mark D.; Weary, David J.; Paybins, Katherine S.; Pierce, Herbert A.
Hydrogeologic Setting and Ground-Water Flow in the Leetown Area, West Virginia; 2007; SIR; 2007-5066; Kozar, Mark D.; Weary, David J.; Paybins, Katherine S.; Pierce, Herbert A.

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Groundwater staining in Pennsylvanian sandstone. A rock hammer is used as size reference.
December 31, 2015

Groundwater Staining in Pennsylvanian Sandstone, West Virginia

Fractures in bedrock transmit groundwater, and geologic mapping is conducted to provide the geologic framework for groundwater resource studies. This photo shows iron-oxide staining (Leisegang banding) from past groundwater flow along fractures formed prior to the rock having been blasted open during road construction. 

This photo was taken along US Hwy 48 near

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in OH & WV as of 12/12/19

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in OH & WV as of 12/12/19 

USGS
April 8, 2020

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2016

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2016 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

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Image shows a map of the Eastern United States with the boundaries of the Marcellus Shale superimposed
October 3, 2019

The Marcellus Shale and Point Pleasant-Utica Shale formations of the Appalachian Basin contain an estimated mean of 214 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous resources of natural gas, according to new USGS assessments.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
October 3, 2019

It's always exciting to see features coming in for our new challenges!  Almost 100 points have already come in for this challenge. It just goes to show how amazing our volunteers are!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
September 30, 2019

We've launched a new Mapping Challenge! This challenge will focus on City / Town Hall structures in Ohio and West Virginia.

Barley Prize
October 26, 2017

USGS Leetown Science Center places 3rd in the second round of the International Barley Water Competition! This qualifies LSC as one of only 10 finalists for the last round of contenders.  The last round involves a test of phosphorus removal and the top four teams receive $200,000 each.   https://www.wateronline.com/doc/top-contenders-named-in-m-george-barley-water-prize-0001

The USGS phosphorus water filter consists of six large tanks that each hold 600 pounds ochre for phosphorus removal.
July 19, 2017

A tabletop water filter demo designed to remove phosphorus from waste water has in five-years grown into a fully functional water treatment system capable of filtering more than 100-thousand gallons per day.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Catawba rhododendron blooming at Round Bald, NC
August 11, 2016

“From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

USGS
June 27, 2016

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Shaun Wicklein at smwickle@usgs.gov or 804-399-9929. 

Image shows a map with an aerial image of the study site beneath it
May 9, 2016

These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site.

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Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

11 Dunbar Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 347-5130
Fax: (304) 347-5133

VA WV Water

Leetown Science Center

Leetown Science Center

11649 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430

Phone: 304 724-4400

Leetown SC