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Water Resources Data - West Virginia, Water Year 2002

Water-Data Report WV-02-1

by S. M. Ward, M. T. Rosier, and G. R. Crosby


A Portable Document Format (PDF) file is available for this report. (3.8 MB) 


The Water Resources Division 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. These data, accumulated during many water years, constitute a valuable data base for developing an improved understanding of the water resources of the State. To make these data readily available to interested parties outside the Geological Survey, the data are published annually in this report series titled "Water Resources Data - West Virginia."  

This report includes records on both surface and ground water in the State. Specifically, it contains: Discharge records for 66 streamflow-gaging stations; discharge records provided by adjacent states for 7 streamflow-gaging stations; annual maximum discharge at 14 crest-stage partial-record stations; water-quality records for 7 stations; and water-level records for 8 observation wells. Locations of streamflow-gaging and water-quality stations are shown on figure 4. Locations of ground-water observation wells are shown on figure 5.  Additional water data were collected at various sites, not involved in the systematic data collection program, and are published as miscellaneous sites.  These data represent that part of the National Water Data System collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating State and Federal agencies in West Virginia. 

This series of annual reports for West Virginia began with the 1961 water year with a report that contained only data relating to the quantities of surface water.  For the 1964 water year, a similar report was introduced that contained only data relating to water quality.  Beginning with the 1975 water year, the report format was changed to present, in one volume, data on quantities of surface water, quality of surface and ground water, and ground-water levels.  

Prior to introduction of this series and for several water years concurrent with it, water resources data for West Virginia were published in U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Papers. Data on stream discharge and stage and on lake or reservoir contents and stage, through September 1960, were published annually under the title "Surface-Water Supply of the United States, Parts 6A and 6B." For the 1961 through 1970 water years, the data were published in two 5-year reports.  Data on chemical quality, temperature, and suspended sediment for the 1941 through 1970 water years were published annually under the title "Quality of Surface Waters of the United States," and water levels for the 1935 through 1974 water years were published under the title "Ground-Water Levels in the United States." The above mentioned Water-Supply Papers may be consulted in the libraries of the principal cities of the United States and may be purchased from the U. S. Geological Survey, Books and Open-File Reports, Federal Center, Box 25425, Denver, Colorado 80225. 

 Publications similar to this report are published annually by the Geological Survey for all States.  These official Survey reports have an identification number consisting of the two-letter State abbreviation, the last two digits of the water year, and the volume number. For example, this volume is identified as "U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report WV-02-1."  For archiving and general distribution, the reports for 1971-74 water years also are identified as water-data reports. These water-data reports are for sale in paper copy or in microfiche by the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, Virginia 22161.  Additional information, including current prices, for ordering specific reports may be obtained from the District Chief at the address given on the back of the title page or by telephone (304) 347-5130.



List of surface-water stations, in downstream order, for which records are published in this volume 

List of ground-water wells, by county, for which records are published in this volume

List of discontinued surface-water discharge stations 

List of discontinued continuous-record surface-water-quality stations 



Summary of hydrologic conditions

Special networks and programs

Explanation of the records

Station identification numbers 

Downstream order system

Latitude-longitude system.

Records of stage and water discharge 

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Station manuscript 

Data table of daily mean values 

Statistics of monthly mean data 

Summary statistics 

Identifying estimated daily discharge 

Accuracy of the records 

Other records available 

Records of surface-water quality

Classification of records

Arrangement of records

On-site measurements and sample collection 

Water temperature


Laboratory measurements 

Data presentation

Remarks codes

Quality-control data 

Records of ground-water levels

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Records of ground-water quality

Data collection and computation

Data presentation

Access to USGS water data 

Definition of terms 

Publications on Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations 

Station records, surface water 

Discharge at partial-record station and miscellaneous sites

Crest-stage partial-record stations

Analyses of samples collected at partial-record, special study, and miscellaneous sites

Station records, ground water 

Ground-water levels 

Ground-water quality 



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