Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center

Education

At the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center we make it our goal to educate people on a wide variety of hydrologic issues ranging from flood events to hurricanes.  

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Cypress Swamp Egret - Louisiana
June 24, 2017

Links to Sources of Water Information

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters and disseminates the data to the public, State and local governments, public and private utilities, and other Federal agencies involved with managing water resources

The map to the left allows you to go to other USGS Water Science Center Web sites, or use the links below to further investigate water.

Hurricane Potential in the United States and Puerto Rico
September 26, 2016

Hurricanes bring destructive winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. A single storm can wreak havoc on coastal and inland communities and on natural areas over thousands of square miles. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma demonstrated the devastation that hurricanes can inflict and the importance of hurricane hazards research and preparedness.

More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, and this number is increasing. Many of these areas, especially the Atlantic and Gulfcoasts, will be in the direct path of future hurricanes. Hawaii is also vulnerable to hurricanes.

To learn more visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/hurricaneinfo.html

Hurricane Preparedness Diagram
September 15, 2000

In the event of a hurricane, the appropriate response could save your life. This “East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map” is a tool that can be useful in making decisions pertaining to evacuation and safety. IF LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND EVACUATION, YOU SHOULD LEAVE--via major evacuation routes shown in red. Louisiana State Police Troop (A) headquarters can assist you in the most practical route to use during an evacuation.

IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY--locate the hospital facility, shown in blue, with emergency room capabilities nearest you. The Red Cross office can provide you with sheltering information and other disaster preparation. Appropriate response procedures can prepare people for potential hazards that could affect their lives and property. Everyone is urged to use the information provided in this brochure as a guide for hurricane preparedness. For more information visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/publications/pubawareness.html