What is this? Water level gauge a tough catch

So, after many clicks to this article online and a response or two on Facebook, I didn’t get the exact answer to “What is this important river feature and where is it located?“ Have you ever seen this? Most people have never seen it, especially up close. It is the Westham Gauge, the “Advanced Hydrologic […]

So, after many clicks to this article online and a response or two on Facebook, I didn’t get the exact answer to “What is this important river feature and where is it located?

What is this?Have you ever seen this? Most people have never seen it, especially up close. It is the Westham Gauge, the “Advanced Hydrologic Predition Service” tool the National Weather Service uses to measure the water levels in the James River. It is located just west of the Huguenot Bridge and is directly across the takeout to Huguenot Flatwater.

The gauge on the outside of the structure goes up to 29 feet, but most of the technical equipment is housed inside the concrete tower.

Paddlers use this gauge, especially to monitor the kilo cubic feet per second, or the rate of the river water flow. The higher the rate, the faster the water is moving as it is pushed through sections of a river. I also recently pointed out that people hoping to sunbathe on the rocks James River Park should use the gauge and aim for days when the river is near or below the 5-foot mark to get the best chance for plenty of rock real estate.

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