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

Atlanta News Reporter talks with Fayette County Water System Director
January 9, 2018

Fayette County Georgia, Water System Director, Lee Pope, discusses water management efforts to alleviate issues downstream.

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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.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Flood-inundation maps for the Withlacoochee River From Skipper Bridge Road to St. Augustine Road, within the City of Valdosta, Georgia, and Lowndes County, Georgia

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 12.6-mile reach of the Withlacoochee River from Skipper Bridge Road to St. Augustine Road (Georgia State Route 133) were developed to depict estimates of the areal extent and depth of flooding corresponding to selected water levels (stages) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgage at Withlacoochee River...

Musser, Jonathan W.
Musser, J.W., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the Withlacoochee River from Skipper Bridge Road to St. Augustine Road, within the City of Valdosta, Georgia, and Lowndes County, Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5011, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185011.

Year Published: 2017

Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12

As part of the National Water Census program in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey evaluated the groundwater budget of the lower ACF, with particular emphasis on recharge, characterizing the spatial and temporal relation between surface water and groundwater, and groundwater pumping. To evaluate the...

Jones, L. Elliott; Painter, Jaime A.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Sepulveda, Nicasio; Sifuentes, Dorothy F.
Jones, L.E., Painter, Jaime, LaFontaine, Jacob, Sepulveda, Nicasio, and Sifuentes, D.F., 2017, Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5141, 76 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175141.

Year Published: 2017

Simulations of hydrologic response in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Southeastern United States

A suite of hydrologic models has been developed for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACFB) as part of the National Water Census, a U.S. Geological Survey research program that focuses on developing new water accounting tools and assessing water availability and use at the regional and national scales. Seven hydrologic models were...

LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Jones, L. Elliott; Painter, Jaime A.
LaFontaine, J.H., Jones, L.E., and Painter, J.A., 2017, Simulations of hydrologic response in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5133, 112 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175133.