Water Resources of West Virginia
Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web page for the water resources of
West Virginia; this is your direct link to all kinds of water-resource information. Here you'll find information on
West Virginia's rivers and streams. You'll also find information about , water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
The USGS provides current ("real-time") stream stage and
ground-water levels for over 200 sites in
USGS West Virginia Highlights
The Most Current West Virginia Water Data Report Now Available
The USGS Water Data Report is now available online and improves on the previous online reports with a new interactive feature designed to make site data retrieval easier and more convenient.
The new report includes a national map interface that can be used to identify an area of interest, locate sites where water data were collected for Water Year, and access most of that data. The annual Water Data Report provides a snapshot of water conditions for a given year. Access the Water Data Report using a text () or
map () interface.
Hydrologic Tools Now Available
USGS StreaMail is a system for accessing real-time river stage and streamflow
from hand-held wireless devices, such as cell phones and Blackberries. All you
have to do is send an email or text message to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and use a
USGS station number in the "Subject" line. In a few minutes you'll get back an
email with the most recent stage and streamflow.
Instantaneous Data Archive (IDA)
The USGS collects continuous (measurements from every5 to every 60 minutes)
stage, discharge, and other instantaneous time-series data on the Nation's
rivers and streams. The
Archive makes available as much intra-day streamflow data and historical
instantaneous data, as possible, often several years' worth of data.
National Water Information System: Mapper
The new NWIS Mapper
provides an interactive map interface to all USGS water data (historical and
current). (Note: To access data, zoom in on the map to level 11 or greater to
make the individual sites clickable.)
USGS Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format to
provide content feeds from web sites that contain article headlines, summaries
and links back to the full article from that web site. RSS is an easy way for
you to be alerted when content that interests you appears on your favorite
Of Current Interest
March 5, 2013
-- USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to Sequestration
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375
streamgages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration.
Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to
support USGS streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which streamgages
will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available.
Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood
conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal,
State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network,
which consists of over 8,000 streamgages. When budget fluctuations occur, the
network is impacted.
Specific impacts to the West Virginia
currently are not known.
The West Virginia Water Science Center produces publications about water resources.
Investigations Report 2012-5186 Groundwater Quality in West
Investigations Report 2012-5121 Comparison of Base Flows to Selected Streamflow Statistics Representative of
1930-2002 in West Virginia
Investigations Report 2010-5185 Estimation of Selected Seasonal
Streamflow Statistics Representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia
Investigations Report 2010-5033 Estimation of Flood-Frequency
Discharges for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia
Investigations Report 2009-5242 Regional Curves for Bankfull Channel
Characteristics in the Appalachian Plateaus, West Virginia
Hydrogeologic Factors Affecting Base-Flow Yields in the
Jefferson County Area, West Virginia, October-November 2007
Report 2009-1199 Summary of West Virginia Water-Resource Data through
Investigations Report 2009-5153 Hydrogeology and Ground-Water Flow in the
Opequon Creek Watershed area, Virginia and West Virginia
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