South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Groundwater and Streamflow Monitoring

Real-Time Water Data:
Current Condtions (Streamflow):                        Georgia |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
Current Conditions (Groundwater):                    Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
Current Conditions (Lakes and Reservoirs):     Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
Current Conditions (Precipitation):                    Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina
All Surface-Water Data:                                     Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina

Our list of groundwater and streamflow-monitoring projects and topics are listed below (view the list of archived projects for Groundwater and Streamflow Monitoring).


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Filter Total Items: 21
Rising floodwaters overtopping a local bridge. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hydrologic Network
Date Published: July 6, 2017
Status: Active

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., Hydrologic Network

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been collecting streamflow data in North Carolina for more than 100 years. In the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area, a hydrologic data-collection network has been established to collect not only streamflow data but also rainfall data. In response to the floods of August 1995 and July 1997, the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Water Program and...

Acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) is connected to an onboard computer to measure streamflow.
Date Published: June 1, 2017

Hydroacoustic Applications: Technological Advancements in the Streamgaging Network

In the mid-1990s, a new technology emerged in the field of inland streamflow monitoring. The South Atlantic Water Science Center is making great use of the acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). It was originally developed for oceanographic work, but was adapted for inland streamflow measurements. This instrument is transforming the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgaging program.

Measuring streamflow, Georgia
Date Published: May 9, 2017

The Streamgaging Program in the South Atlantic Water Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) South Atlantic Water Science Center streamgage program is part of the nationwide program that provides streamflow information for a variety of purposes—including the protection of life and property, infrastructure design, recreational usage, and long-term trend assessment. This information is critical to resource managers, farmers, fishermen, kayakers, land-...

Contacts: Brian McCallum
Picture of a truck used to drill groundwater wells.
Date Published: February 17, 2017

Catawba-Wateree Groundwater Network

The multiyear drought in North and South Carolina (summer 1998-fall 2002) brought wide recognition of the vulnerability of the water resources in these two States to climatic conditions. To prepare for drought conditions in the future, water managers and State and Federal water-resource agencies sought to develop tools to assess hydrologic conditions in both a predictive and responsive manner...

Contacts: Eric S Rudisill
USGS scientists working during the epic September 2009 flood in Georgia. Power Springs Creek (02336870)
Date Published: February 10, 2017

USGS Long-Term Water Monitoring Networks

“USGS long-term streamgages and groundwater wells are like a fine wine…they get better with age!”

The accurate, long-term monitoring networks of SAWSC provide valuable data in real-time and historical perspective to compare that data to. ...

Contacts: Brian McCallum
USGS WaterNow: Example of output message on a smartphone.
Date Published: February 6, 2017

USGS Data Delivery Tools

USGS WaterAlert allows users to set notification thresholds for any USGS real-time stream or raingage, water-quality, or groundwater monitoring site and then sends emails or text messages to subscribers whenever the threshold conditions are met, as often as every hour.


Real-time precipitation networks for Georgia and North Carolina
Date Published: February 5, 2017

Real-Time Precipitation at Sites in Georgia and North Carolina

We now have a map and data table-based system to allow you to view real-time precipitation at Georgia and North Carolina water-monitoring sites. The rainfall maps and tables are updated continuously and display data from the last 1-3 hours up to 7-28 days.

• Go to the Real-Time Precipitation Web site for:    Georgia   |  ...

SW Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and Metering Program
Date Published: February 3, 2017
Status: Completed

Southwest Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and Metering Program

During 2008-2015, the U.S. Geological Survey investigated methods to estimate agricultural water use and growing season pumping rates through the analysis of water-meter data throughout southwest Georgia. Reports are available by year.

Go to the SW Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and...

Month-End Conditions Report for North Carolina
Date Published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

North Carolina Month-End Conditions Reports

Month-End Conditions Report for North Carolina - Monthly Precipitation, streamflow, and ground water levels for selected locations in North Carolina.

► Go to the North Carolina month-end conditions Web site

StreamStats - Water-monitoring site analysis from USGS
Date Published: February 1, 2017

StreamStats for Georgia and North Carolina

StreamStats is a map based Web application that provides information that can be used by engineers, managers, and planners to make informed decisions on water-related activities. Primary products are basin delineations, basin-characteristic measurements, and estimates of streamflow statistics. StreamStats allows for the analysis of upstream and downstream relations along streams.

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Moore County, NC Groundwater-Level Monitoring Map
Date Published: January 18, 2017

Moore County, NC Groundwater-Level Monitoring

An increasing demand for drinking water is one of the major issues facing the Moore County area. Managers need accurate information on surface and groundwater conditions to plan and balance maintaining an adequate water-supply and meeting in-stream flow requirements. The principal study objective is to collect water-level data at existing monitoring wells to establish a long-term data set that...

Contacts: Jason M Fine
Picture of projects being done in the South Atlantic Water Science Center
Date Published: December 27, 2016
Status: Active

Completed and Archived Projects - Groundwater and Streamflow Monitoring, SAWSC

Completed and Archived Projects - Groundwater and Streamflow Monitoring, SAWSC