South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)


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: September 7, 2021

Southeast Region (SER) Science Workshop: Identifying Science to Meet Administration Priorities and the Needs of Our Stakeholders

The fourth annual SER Science Workshop, held virtually July 13-16, 2021, addressed four administration priorities – underserved communities, tribal engagement, conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, and tackling the climate crisis. 

Date published: October 16, 2020

Hurricane Delta Flood Response

More than 7 inches of rain caused historic flooding in the Upper Chattahoochee Basin in Northeast Georgia.  In the metropolitan Atlanta area, 3-6 inches of rain overnight caused significant flash flooding and quickly rising tributaries that pushed the Chattahoochee River at Atlanta to the NWS Major Flood Stage.

Date published: September 17, 2020

USGS Crews Work to Measure Record Flooding Caused By Sally

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision-makers before, during, and after Hurricane Sally, visit  

Date published: September 15, 2020

Floodplain Ecosystem Service Mapper Released

The Floodplain Ecosystem Service Mapper is a web application that displays field site data and lidar-derived floodplain and stream channel geomorphic metrics in the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Date published: August 2, 2020

USGS Works to Predict and Track Isaias' Effects

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Tropical Storm Isaias, visit

This story was updated August 3 to reflect changes in the coastal change and landfall forecasts for Isaias.

Date published: August 1, 2020

USGS Deploying Sensors in Carolinas to Monitor Hurricane Isaias

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during, and after Hurricane Isaias, visit the USGS Hurricane Isaias page at

Date published: May 12, 2020

Contaminants in sediment affecting health of Southeast urban streams

Sediment contamination of freshwater streams in urban areas is a recognized and growing concern. As a part of a comprehensive regional stream‐quality assessment, stream‐bed sediment was sampled from streams spanning a gradient of urban intensity in the Piedmont ecoregion of the southeastern United States.

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: April 30, 2020

Land-use and water demand projections (2012 to 2065) under different scenarios of environmental change for North Carolina, South Carolina, and coastal Georgia

Land change and water demand projections were generated as part of the stakeholder-driven assessments of water availability supported by the National Water Census Coastal Carolinas Focus Area Study