Ground Water Characterization

The Groundwater Characterization Program (GWCP) collects, evaluates, and interprets hydrogeological information essential for ensuring the sustainable management of groundwater resources throughout the Commonwealth. GWCP staff assess groundwater availability and ambient groundwater quality throughout Virginia and provide critical data and analysis for management decisions in legislatively designated Groundwater Management Areas. GWCP staff also facilitate monitoring for drought conditions and provide technical support to DEQ’s Water Supply Program.

Louisa County SOW 056 ATV Logging Sediment Core from Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Mega-Breccia Horizon 10-31-05

Above Left: Acoustic Televiewer Logging of Louisa State Observation Well.
Above Right: Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Mega-Breccia Horizon in Sediment Core.

GWCP satff logging drill cuttings and air-lift yield testing during installation of Bedford County State Observation Well 226.

Above Photo: GWCP staff logging drill-cuttings and conducting air-lift yield testing during installation of Bedford County State Observation Well 226.

GWCP and USGS staff installing telemetry equipment at State Observation Well 145 in Franklin, VA. Above Photo: GWCP and USGS staff installing telemetry equipment at State Observation Well 145 in Franklin, VA.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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