South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

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Welcome to USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center's (SAWSC) Website. We offer information on streamflow, water quality, water-use, and groundwater data for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We conduct hydrologic investigations and research projects. These data and information are the product of joint endeavors between the USGS and cooperators.

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Hydrologic Data at SAWSC

Hydrologic Data at SAWSC

We provide current and historical surface-water, groundwater, water quality, water use, and ecological data in various formats (map, graphical, tabular).

Water Data at SAWSC

Science at SAWSC

Science at SAWSC

The South Atlantic Water Science Center collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Georgia's, North Carolina's, and South Carolina's water resources.

Science at SAWSC

News

USGS Hydrologist Andy Knaak hammers a nail into a post to mark the seed line on flooded road on the Withlacoochee River, Georgia
October 13, 2017

After Hurricane Irma, eight USGS field crews traveled around the Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Myers areas last week looking for evidence that tell scientists how high the flood waters and storm surge from Hurricane Irma reached.

A picture of Wise Lake in Congaree National Park, South Carolina.
October 12, 2017

A recent study led by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Park Service found dozens of contaminants within the protected areas of Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

USGS employees being interviewed by WINK TV about Hurricane Irma.
October 11, 2017

WINK TV in Fort Meyers, Florida follows a crew from the U.S. Geological Survey as they document how high water got during Hurricane Irma.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Documentation of the dynamic parameter, water-use, stream and lake flow routing, and two summary output modules and updates to surface-depression storage simulation and initial conditions specification options with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

This report documents seven enhancements to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) hydrologic simulation code: two time-series input options, two new output options, and three updates of existing capabilities. The enhancements are (1) new dynamic parameter module, (2) new water-use module, (3) new Hydrologic...

Regan, R. Steve; LaFontaine, Jacob H.
Regan, R.S., and LaFontaine, J.H., 2017, Documentation of the dynamic parameter, water-use, stream and lake flow routing, and two summary output modules and updates to surface-depression storage simulation and initial conditions specification options with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap. B8, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm6B8.

Year Published: 2017

Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project, North Carolina—Summary of monitoring activities, quality assurance, and data, October 2013–September 2015

Surface-water supplies are important sources of drinking water for residents in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which is located within the upper Cape Fear and Neuse River Basins. Since 1988, the U.S. Geological Survey and a consortium of local governments have tracked water-quality conditions and trends in several of the area’s water-supply...

Pfeifle, C.A.; Cain, J.L.; Rasmussen, R.B.
Pfeifle, C.A., Cain, J.L., and Rasmussen, R.B., 2017, Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project, North Carolina—Summary of monitoring activities, quality assurance, and data, October 2013–September 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1068, 13 p., 1 table, 3 appendix files, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171068.

Year Published: 2017

Field manual for identifying and preserving high-water mark data

This field manual provides general guidance for identifying and collecting high-water marks and is meant to be used by field personnel as a quick reference. The field manual describes purposes for collecting and documenting high-water marks along with the most common types of high-water marks. The manual provides a list of suggested field...

Feaster, Toby D.; Koenig, Todd A.
Feaster, T.D., and Koenig, T.A, 2017, Field manual for identifying and preserving high-water mark data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1105, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171105.