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Virginia Lakes, Rivers and Water Resources




Virginia Lakes and Rivers Map
Virginia Rivers Shown on the Map:   Appomattox River, Blackwater River, Clinch River, Dan River, Jackson River, James River, Maury River, Meherrin River, New River, North Fork Holston River, Nottoway River, Potomac River, Powell River, Rapidan River, Rappahannock River, Rivanna River, Roanoke River, Smith River, South Anna River and South Fork Shenandoah River.

Virginia Lakes Shown on the Map:   John H. Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Smith Mountain Lake and South Holston Lake.


 Virginia Stream and River Levels
Virginia river levels map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of stream gages located throughout Virginia. These estimate stream levels, discharges and record them over time. This data is published on the web and many stations allow users to plot custom graphs. Get updated Virginia river and stream levels from USGS here.


 Virginia Stream and River Level Alerts
Virginia water level alerts
The United States Geological Survey has a system that will send you an email message when flood levels are reached on any steam with USGS gaging equipment that you have selected. Sign up here to recieve Virginia stream and river level alerts.


 Virginia Water Publications
Virginia precipitation map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of publications related to water use and water resources in Virginia. View the water resource publications for Virginia here.


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 Virginia Drought Map
Virginia drought map
The United States Geological Survey publishes updated drought maps on their website. There you can view a map that shows where below normal 7-day average stream flow conditions were recently recorded. The maps are updated daily. Get a current Virginia drought map here.




 Virginia Precipitation Map
Virginia precipitation map
The National Atlas Project has precipitation maps for Virginia and other states that you can view online or print for personal use. These maps show the average annual precipitation levels mapped across the state. View and print an Virginia precipitation map here. Precipitation maps prepared by the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University and the United States Geological Survey.


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