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Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending June 12, 2017, Plus a Mid-Month Drought Assessment

Below are several items summarizing recent precipitation and stream flow:

  1. Images showing precipitation in Virginia and other areas of the United States, and stream flow in Virginia, over the seven-day period ending June 12, 2017 (information available as of June 13).
  2.   The Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force’s daily map showing the status of several drought indicators in different Virginia regions, as of June 12.
  3. Flooding overview maps for Virginia and nationwide, as of June 13.

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images. For the current month’s other weekly reports on stream flow and precipitation, please see the News Grouper posts available at this link:

For monthly reviews of precipitation, stream flow, and drought, please see the posts available at this link:

For more information on current and historical surface-water and groundwater conditions in Virginia, please see the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Virginia Science Center’s Web site,

GAGE Potts Creek near Covington on Rt 18 Alleghany County Jun3 2017

June 2017 Gaging Station of the Month:  Potts Creek near Covington in Alleghany County, Va., June 3, 2017.  U.S. Geological Survey information from this gage is online at


The following two color-coded maps show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts (top map) and the percent of normal precipitation compared to normal for this period of the year (bottom map) over the seven-day period ending June 12, 2017.  The maps were accessed from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeast Regional Climate Center, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; online at  As of that date, these data were provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).


Another source of precipitation data is the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, online at  The site provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years.  The site also has the capability to show county boundaries, and other map layers available include river flood forecasts and current flood/severe weather warnings.  Shown below is the continental U.S. 7-day precipitation map as of 8 a.m. EDT on 6/13/17.  Please note that UTC, the time shown on the maps at the site, is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Precip US Jun13


Stream Flow

Seven-day-average Virginia stream flows at gaging stations as of June 12, 2017 are indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch for Virginia, accessed online at  The map’s color-coded dots compare the previous week’s average stream flows to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station.  The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS are as shown in the chart following the map.  Note: Additional gaging stations (such as for reservoirs or for inactive sites) are shown on maps available at the USGS’ National Water Information System Mapper, online at
streams Jun12

stream codes


Flooding Overview

As of about 11:30 a.m. EDT on June 13, 2017, seven stream-gaging stations in or near Virginia were either experiencing flooding or near flood stage, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Center’s map of river levels relative to flood stage (color-coded) for Virginia and nearby areas, shown below.  Also below is the nationwide map as of the same time.  The maps are available online at; at that site, one can select Virginia or any other state of interest.

Flooding VA Jun13

Flooding US June13


Mid-month Drought Status Update

The Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF), a collaboration of state and federal agencies, issued its latest Virginia drought-status report on May 12, 2017.  The report is available at the DMTF Web site,  The Task Force was scheduled to meet again in June 2017.

The Task Force also produces a daily map rating drought-status indicators.  Shown below is the map for June 12, 2017.  The status-indicator abbreviations on that map are as follows: GW = groundwater levels, Prcp = precipitation deficits, Res = reservoir storage, and Flow = stream flow conditions.  For each region of Virginia, the indicators are color coded for “normal,” “watch,” “warning,” or “emergency conditions.”  Note the emergency-conditions code (in red) for groundwater in one region, the warning code (in orange) for stream flow in one region, and the watch code (in yellow) for groundwater in two regions.  Any given day’s current map and more information on drought status in Virginia are available the Task Force Web site,

Drought VA Jun12


Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – June 8, 2017, Edition

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013One of Virginia’s most distinctive water-related events: the annual James River Batteau Festival, launched every June in Lynchburg, Va.  Shown above is the launch on June 15, 2013.  The 32nd annual festival is June 17-24, 2017.

This post lists conferences, meetings, and other events related to Virginia’s water resources and held in Virginia (in  most cases; nearby out-of-state events are occasionally included).  Except for online meetings or seminars, the events here typically are at least several hours long (for example, this site does not list the frequent one-hour water-related seminars held at Virginia colleges or universities).  This post is updated as information becomes available and is re-posted monthly.

This list does not include Virginia government meetings related to water (except for a listing of the dates of the Virginia General Assembly, which starts each January).  The News Grouper blog has a post on those meetings each week, at

For water-related meetings outside of Virginia, please see the Grouper post, “A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere,” re-posted quarterly.

Thanks to the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) for providing some of the information in this post.  More information about the VWMC is available online at

For links to events lists from several other organizations, please see the bottom of this post.

Continuing through September 2017 (began in March): Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  More information:; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or

Continuing through November 1, 2017 (began March 15), statewide: Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate in 2016 was $52.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 had not been announced as of 1/5/17; keep an eye on this Web site:  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or

Jun. 10, 2017, Mason Neck State Park, Lorton: Back to the Bay.  This is an event to raise public awareness of and increase public engagement regarding the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information:; (804) 644-0283 (Richmond).

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Reston: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information:; (202) 872-6102.

Jun. 17-24, 2017, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information:

Jun. 25-28, 2017, Tysons Corner: 2017 Summer American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This year’s theme is “Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.”  More information: ; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Blacksburg: 15th North American Agroforestry Conference.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information:; (540) 231-0790.

Jul. 5-7, 2017, Virginia State University, Petersburg:  Fish School.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information:; or contact Brian Nerrie,, phone (804) 524-5903; e-mail:

Jul. 8, 2017, Low Water Bridge Campground in Bentonville (Warren County): Shenandoah River Rodeo.  Organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  More information:;  Mark Frondorf at

Jul. 15, 2017, Richmond: James River Splash & Dash.  Organized by the James River Association.  More information:; phone (804) 788-8811.

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charlottesville: Teaching Trees (a teacher-training workshop on forest ecology, management, and utilization).  Organized by the Skyline Chapter of Society of American Foresters, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and other partners.  More information:; or contact Ellen Powell, (434) 220-9083 or

Jul. 21, 2017, Glen Allen (Henrico County): Land Development Design Initiative Summer Meeting.  Organized by Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  More information:; Randy Dymond, phone (540) 231-9023 (Blacksburg); e-mail:

Aug. 14-15, 2017, Richmond: Modeling Green Infrastructure with EPA-SWMM [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Storm Water Management Model].  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information:

Aug. 17-18, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: Virginia Loggers Association annual meeting.  More information:; (804) 677-4290.

Aug. 18-20, 2017, Abingdon (Washington County); and Sep. 22-24, 2017, Providence Forge (New Kent County): Landowner Weekend Retreats.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  An earlier retreat this year was held Mar. 17-19 in Appomattox.  More information:; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2016, statewide: Virginia Waterways Cleanup.  Organized by Clean Virginia Waterways at Longwood University.  This is a series of local beach, bay, river, stream, lake, and pond cleanups across the state.  2016 is the 22nd year that the organization has coordinated the Virginia cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  More information:; (434) 395-2602 or

Sep. 15-16, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration.  More information:; phone (540) 231-5482; e-mail:

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information:; phone (540) 837-1600 (Boyce, Va.); e-mail:

FALL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, Norfolk: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information:; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or

Oct. 10-12, 2017, Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center, Front Royal: 2017 Virginia Environmental Education Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Association for Environmental Education.  More information:

Oct. 10-15, 2017, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  More information:; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail:

Oct. 19, 2017, 10:19 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill.  Organized by several partners, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  More information:; or e-mail:

Nov. 3-5, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information:; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or

Nov. 4, 2017, Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Science Festival.  More information:

Nov. 16-18, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute.  More information:; phone: (757) 897-3104; e-mail:

Nov. 17-19, 2017, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 21st Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  Organized by the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information:; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail:

Nov. 16-19, 2017, Wallops Island (Accomack County): 4th Annual Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (  More information:; or contact Mike Hillman, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337; (757) 824-5636; e-mail:

Dec. 3-5, 2017, Portsmouth: Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.   More information:; phone (804) 559-0324.

Jan. 10-March 10, 2018 (subject to extension): Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2018 General Assembly convenes on January 10 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at for the House and for the Senate.  Committees are key parts of the General Assembly process. Legislation about water or about activities that can affect water may be assigned to any of several standing committees, most of which meet weekly during the General Assembly session. Information about all standing committees as of June 2016—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at  For more information on the General Assembly, visit or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

January 2018 – dates and location not yet available as of 6/8/17: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 26th Annual Conference.  More information:

Jan. 26-28, 2018, Virginia Beach: Winter Wildlife Festival.  Organized by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information:; or contact the City’s Outdoor and Environmental Programs Department, (757) 385-2990; e-mail:


Boating Safety Classes by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/Nutrient Management Training

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation/State Parks Events

Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training Events (including for floods, hazardous materials, and other events involving water)

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Training for Stormwater Management and Erosion/Sediment Control

Virginia Department of Health Listing of Training Resources for Onsite Sewage Professionals

Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program Events

Virginia Green (Virginia Tourism Corporation site for “green” vacations and activities)

Virginia Household Water Quality Program List of Drinking Water Clinics and Master Well Owner Network Training

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Master Naturalists

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)

Virginia Water Environment Association

American Water Resources Association-National Capital Region Section

U.S. EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

Wetlands Education and Training Opportunities from Environmental Concern (non-profit in St. Michaels, Md.; opportunities for professionals and educators).

On Virginia Water Radio for 3-6-17: Do the Drill for Tornado Preparedness

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of March 6, 2017, is “Tornado Preparedness and Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill.”   The 4 min./13 sec. episode is available online at  Virginia’s statewide tornado drill is March 21, 2017.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is  Have a listen or two!