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hydrologist in a boat deploying a streamgauge
September 18, 2020

USGS hydrologists respond to historic hurricane season

Throughout the historically active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season,USGS hydrologists have been working quickly to collect vital flood and streamflow information in impacted areas.

September 18, 2020

USGS hydrologists respond to historic hurricane season

Throughout the historically active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season,USGS hydrologists have been working quickly to collect vital flood and streamflow information in impacted areas.

 A USGS storm tide sensor is attached to a bridge and will measure the impacts of Hurricane Isaias.
August 1, 2020

This USGS storm tide sensor installed for Hurricane Isaias.

This USGS storm tide sensor was installed August 1 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to measure the coastal impacts of Hurricane Isaias. Photo by Joshua Lee, USGS.

This rapid deployment gauge that was installed August 1 in Swansboro, NC to monitor potential flooding caused by Isaias.
August 1, 2020

RDG installed in NC to monitor potential flooding caused by Isaias

This rapid deployment gauge was installed August 1 in Swansboro, North Carolina on the White Oak River to monitor water levels in order track potential flooding caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Photo by Bryce McClenney, USGS. 

Sean Egen, hydrologic technician, installs a storm tide sensor at River Dunes Marina in Pamlico County, NC
September 6, 2019

Storm Tide Sensor Installation, Pamlico County, NC

Sean Egen, hydrologic technician, installs a storm tide sensor
at River Dunes Marina in Pamlico County, NC

USGS hydrologist driving boat to a water sampling site.
July 16, 2019

USGS hydrologists use boats to access sites for water sampling.

Cristal Younker of the SAWSC drives a boat to site 02226160, Altamaha River at Everett City, Georgia, to collect samples for the National Water Quality Program (NWQP) trends sampling. The NWQP provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions

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USGS hydrologist preparing a water sample for DNA analysis.
July 16, 2019

DNA analysis of water samples can indicate sources of pollution.

Anna McKee of the SAWSC, Norcross, GA, prepares DNA from water samples to test for bacteria that indicate sources of fecal contamination. Understanding the sources of contamination can help target mitigation and outreach efforts.

USGS hydrologic technicians prepare water samples for analysis.
July 16, 2019

Studying water quality involves lab work to prepare and analyze water.

Kelsey Simmons and Kaamilya Najeeullah of the SAWSC prepare a sample from site 02336240 S.F Peachtree Creek Johnson Rd, near Atlanta, GA. The sample is part of routine water-quality monitoring for water-shed protection in Dekalb County, GA.

Map shows 10.3.18 flood event viewer data for Hurricane Florence
October 3, 2018

USGS science on a map of the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence

This flood event viewer map, dated Oct. 3, 2018, shows the extent and type of information collected by USGS hydrologists in North and South Carolina in the wake of historic flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence.

A hydrographer checks a high water mark on a door frame
September 25, 2018

Double-checking a high water mark on a church door near Maxton, NC

USGS hydrographer Daniel McCay uses a level to double-check a high water mark on a church door near Maxton, NC as his USGS colleague Mary Winsor observes on Sept. 25, 2018, in the wake of flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence.

A hydrographer marks a high water mark on the eaves of a church
September 21, 2018

A high water mark above the eaves of a Spring Hill, NC house

USGS hydrologic technician Rob Forde flags a high water mark above the eaves at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 118 Manchester Road, Spring Hill, North Carolina on Sept. 21, 2018, in the wake of flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence.

A hydrographer kneels in water to measure a high water mark on a wall.
September 18, 2018

Measuring a high water mark as flooding recedes

USGS hydrographer Kyle Marchman measures a high water mark on the rear wall of a Kangaroo gas station on Highway 24 north of Fayetteville, NC on Sept. 18, 2018, after flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.