The Gauley Watershed (HUC 05050005) covers an area of approximately 1,725 square miles in West Virginia. The watershed is characterized by steep topography and a highly dissected landscape, resulting in fast-flowing streams and rivers. The Gauley River is a major tributary of the Kanawha River and is known for its challenging whitewater rapids.
The area receives an average of 50-60 inches of precipitation annually, with snowfall occurring in the winter months. The watershed is home to several large reservoirs, including Summersville Lake, which is used for recreation and flood control.
Water quality in the watershed has been affected by human activities, including coal mining and logging. However, efforts have been made to improve water quality through restoration projects and regulations.
Climate trends in the area show an increase in average temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts. These changes are expected to have impacts on the region's ecosystems and water resources.