South Atlantic Water Science Center


There is always something newsworthy happening at the South Atlantic Water Science Center. Read below about the latest studies that our scientists are involved, new advances in our fields of study, and topics that affect all of our lives.

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Date published: August 3, 2018

Broad River Water Color related to Turbidity

John Shelton discusses possible reasons for the changing water color of the Broad River, SC.

Date published: June 29, 2018

2015 Water Use Data Now Available

Estimated 2015 water-use data is now available in a variety of formats.
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Date published: May 15, 2018

Valuing the benefits that floodplains provide to people

New paper published presents a method that combines field and geospatial datasets to estimate the amount of sediment eroded from stream banks and deposited on floodplains.

Date published: January 9, 2018

USGS gages assist Georgia, Alabama and Florida water management efforts

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

Video link.

Date published: October 13, 2017

USGS evaluates Withlacoochee River, Georgia, high water marks

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.

Date published: October 12, 2017

Shedding Light on Contaminants in Congaree National Park

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.

Date published: October 11, 2017

USGS employees interviewed by WINK TV about Hurricane Irma.

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.

Date published: September 28, 2017

USGS Crews Are in the Field Documenting the Extent of Flooding from Hurricane Irma

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they work in the field to document how high the flood waters and storm surge from Hurricane Irma reached around the Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Myers Areas?

If so, please contact Jeanne Robbins,, 919-571-4017.  

Date published: February 9, 2017

News Video: When rivers rise: warning you before the next flood (WECT TV)

When Rivers Rise: Warning You Before the Next Flood - A video by WECT TV, N.C., produced after Hurricane Matthew, showing USGS scientists demonstrating streamflow measuring techniques and showing "how a USGS streamgage works" and emphasizing the importance of streamgages and the...

Date published: December 23, 2016

USGS publishes peak stages and streamflow following Hurricane Matthew

The passage of Hurricane Matthew during October 7–9, 2016, resulted in heavy rainfall that caused major flooding.

The peak stages and streamflows that occurred following Hurricane Matthew are documented in a USGS Open-File report published in December 2016 by the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center.

Date published: October 21, 2016

Post Hurricane Matthew: USGS Continues Efforts to Document How High Floodwaters Reached

The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.

Date published: October 12, 2016

Severe flooding in NC breaks more than a dozen USGS peak records

Reporters: Want more information? Please contact Jeanne Robbins,, 919-571-4017