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

Influence of governance structure on green stormwater infrastructure investment

Communities are faced with the challenge of meeting regulatory requirements mandating reductions in water pollution from stormwater and combined sewer overflows (CSO). Green stormwater infrastructure and gray stormwater infrastructure are two types of water management strategies communities can use to address water pollution. In this study, we...

Hopkins, Kristina G.; Grimm, Nancy B.; York, Abigail M.
Hopkins, K.G., N.B. Grimm, A.M. York. 2018. Influence of governance structure on green stormwater infrastructure investment. Environmental Science and Policy, 84: 124-133.

Year Published: 2018

Estimates of nitrate loads and yields from groundwater to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed based on land use and geology

The water quality of the Chesapeake Bay may be adversely affected by dissolved nitrate carried in groundwater discharge to streams. To estimate the concentrations, loads, and yields of nitrate from groundwater to streams for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a regression model was developed based on measured nitrate concentrations from 156 small...

Terziotti, Silvia; Capel, Paul D.; Tesoriero, Anthony J.; Hopple, Jessica A.; Kronholm, Scott C.
Terziotti, Silvia, Capel, P.D., Tesoriero, A.J., Hopple, J.A., and Kronholm, S.C., 2017, Estimates of nitrate loads and yields from groundwater to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed based on land use and geology: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5160, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175160.

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater conditions in Georgia, 2015–16

The U.S. Geological Survey collects groundwater data and conducts studies to monitor hydrologic conditions, define groundwater resources, and address problems related to water supply, water use, and water quality. In Georgia, water levels were monitored continuously at 157 wells during calendar years 2015 and 2016. Because of missing data or short...

Gordon, Debbie W.; Painter, Jaime A.
Gordon, D.W., and Painter, J.A., 2018, Groundwater conditions in Georgia, 2015–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5142, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175142.